Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Jerusalem Quartet: Why Boycott?


Kyril Zlotnikov, Alexander Pavlovsky,  Sergei Bressler, 
and Ori Kam form the Jerusalem Quartet, which is the 
subject of a cultural boycott currently.  For this 
reason, protests of their concerts are being planned.
"If one minute they're (The Jerusalem Quartet) in T-shirts and the next in ties and jackets, these days they can just as frequently be seen in army fatigues. Last year they were inducted into the Israeli Defense Forces and endured a month of basic training. Bressler (second violin) says his only fear then was that something would happen to his hands.
The Quartet now serves as Distinguished Musicians, performing for troops three times a week. Recitals are laced with explanations. Not intending to produce subscribers to the Philharmonic, Gross says they simply want their fellow troops to appreciate classical music. And to a large extent they have been successful.
For the three immigrants, carrying a rifle in one hand and a violin in the other is the ultimate Zionist statement. "It's something our parents could hardly have imagined ten years ago," says Zlotnikov."
The above except shows the horrifying truth about the The Jerusalem Quartet.  Written by Shelley Kleiman, of the World Zionist Press Service on 19 June 1998, it reveals that the Jerusalem Quartet does not solely exist for the sake of music, but it is funded by the state of Israel in order to support the oppressive military institution of the apartheid government. Currently, in an attempt to falsely brand Israel as a culturally enlightened state, the foursome are embarking on a concert tour. Dates below are for reference use for those wishing to boycott or protest the Jerusalem Quartet.
Below are details of listed performances of the Jerusalem Quartet European/US  tour, Feb 11 – May 27:
Monday, Feb 11                20:00   BELGIUM              HASSELT: CULTUURCENTRUM
Tuesday, Feb 12                20:00     NETHERLANDS   ROTTERDAM: DE DOELEN
Wednesday, Feb 13          20:00     UK                         BIRMINGHAM: BARBER INSTITUTE
Friday, Feb 15                    21:00     ITALY                    SIENNA: PALAZZO CHIGI SARACINI
Saturday, Feb 16               19:30     UK                         LONDON: WIGMORE HALL
Monday, Feb 18                20:30     ITALY                    FERRARA: TEATRO COMUNALE DI FERRARA
Tuesday, Feb 19                00:00     LUXEMBOURG   PHILHARMONIE DE LUXEMBOURG
Sunday, Mar 10                 15:00     USA                       PORTLAND, OR: LINCOLN HALL
Monday, Mar 11               19:30     USA                       PORTLAND, OR: LINCOLN PERFORMANCE HALL
Wednesday, Mar 13         19:30     USA                       PORTLAND, OR: LINCOLN PERFORMANCE HALL
Thursday, Mar 14             19:30     USA                       PORTLAND, OR: LINCOLN PERFORMANCE HALL
Sunday, Mar 17                 17:00     USA                       NEW YORK, NY: ALICE TULLY HALL
Tuesday, Mar 19               19:30     USA                       NEW YORK, NY: ALICE TULLY HALL
Friday, Mar 22                   19:30     USA                       NEW YORK, NY: ALICE TULLY HALL
Sunday, Mar 24                 17:00     USA                       NEW YORK, NY: ALICE TULLY HALL
Monday, Apr 15                19:30     GERMANY           BAD KISSINGEN: REGENTENBAU
Tuesday, Apr 16                19:30     GERMANY           POLLING: BIBLIOTHEKSAAL
Wednesday, Apr 17          20:00     GERMANY           MUNICH: HERKULESSAAL
Thursday, Apr 18, 2013, 20:00      GERMANY           HUMLEBAEK: MUSEUM LOUISIANA,
Friday, Apr 19                    20:00     GERMANY           HUMLEBAEK: MUSEUM LOUISIANA,
Sunday, Apr 21                  16:00     BELGIUM             ANTWERPEN: DE SINGEL
Monday, Apr 22                20:15     NETHERLANDS   GRONINGEN: DE OOSTERPOORT
Tuesday, Apr 23                20:15     NETHERLANDS  THE HAGUE: THEATER DILIGENTIA
Wednesday, Apr 24          20:30     NETHERLANDS   MAASTRICHT: SINT JANSKERK
Thursday, Apr 25               20:00     NETHERLANDS   GENT: SEDELIJKE CONCERTZAAL DE BIJLOKE
Saturday, Apr 27               20:00     AUSTRIA              HOHENEMS: SCHUBERTIADE
Sunday, May 19                17:00     GERMANY           NEUWIED: SCHLOSS ENGERS
Wednesday, May 22        19:00     PORTUGAL          LISBON: GULBENKIAN
Friday, May 24                  19:00     GERMANY           BONN: BEETHOVEN-HAUS
Sunday, May 26                20:00     SWITZERLAND    ZURICH: TONHALLE
Monday, May 27              20:00     MARSEILLE: THEATRE NATIONAL - LA CRIEE

Thank you to the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign for this information.