Friday, June 21, 2013

The Killers: Israel Gig Would Be For Propaganda Use, Please Don't Book

The popular band The Killers have not yet booked a gig in Israel.  Rumors persist that they plan to.

Since there appears to be a lack of interest among Israelis, there would be no financial rationale for The Killers to perform in Israel.  Clearly it could only be for propaganda, probably aimed as an attack on the boycott.  That's why the Official Twitter of Israel immediately tweets whenever any band agrees to play there.  

On May 30, the Official Twitter of Israel already produced a tweet, extolling The Killers for planning to play in Israel.

But, interest in The Killers amongst Israelis is shown to be minimal.  A post made 2 Oct 2012  by an Israeli facebook page "Bring The Killers to Israel" stated (translation from Hebrew):

Over eight months later the Israeli page has only 45 likes.

The Killers would be interested to read Archbishop Desmond Tutu's words:
"I have been to the Occupied Palestinian Territory, and I have witnessed the racially segregated roads and housing that reminded me so much of the conditions we experienced in South Africa under the racist system of Apartheid. I have witnessed the humiliation of Palestinian men, women, and children made to wait hours at Israeli military checkpoints routinely when trying to make the most basic of trips to visit relatives or attend school or college, and this humiliation is familiar to me and the many black South Africans who were corralled and regularly insulted by the security forces of the Apartheid government."

Tel Aviv is not a liberal democracy like Israeli musical booking agents would falsely claim, Adalah reports:
"There are more than 50 Israeli laws that discriminate against Palestinian citizens of Israel in all areas of life, including their rights to political participation, access to land, education, state budget resources, and criminal procedures."

The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination compared Israel to South African apartheid:
"Israel’s policies in the Occupied Palestinian Territory (OPT) are tantamount to Apartheid, and additionally determine that many state policies within Israel also violate the prohibition on Apartheid as enshrined in Article 3 of the Convention."

Professor Ilan Pappé's “The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine” is recommended reading on the website Mormon Matters.  Pappé is also a strong advocate of the boycott of Israel.  

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