Thursday, August 22, 2013

Hours Before Boarding Plane for Tel Aviv, Salif Keita joins the Cultural Boycott of Israel

BREAKING: Israeli Ynet reported that the esteemed musician Salif Keita has joined the cultural boycott of Israel.  Just hours before he was due to board a plane for Israel he decided "to meet the demands of the cultural boycott of Israel."  

BDS France, BDS South Africa, and activists from around the world had asked Keita to refrain from playing in Israel and join the cultural boycott.  

Keita is the first artist to cancel a planned show in the apartheid state following a major letter from Pink Floyd star Roger Waters asking:
"I write to you now, my brothers and sisters in the family of Rock and Roll, to ask you to join with me, and thousands of other artists around the world, to declare a cultural boycott on Israel," 
"Please join me and all our brothers and sisters in global civil society in proclaiming our rejection of Apartheid in Israel and occupied Palestine, by pledging not to perform or exhibit in Israel or accept any award or funding from any institution linked to the government of Israel, until such time as Israel complies with international law and universal principles of human rights."
Waters wrote  in an open letter posted to his Facebook page and the Electronic Intifada.

http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-4420958,00.html

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/music/posts/la-et-ms-roger-waters-musicians-boycott-israel-20130820,0,5366365.story

Israeli musician/promoter claiming on Monday that Keita would still play for the Jerusalem Festival of Sacred Music at https://www.facebook.com/gil.r.shama/posts/10151541150485756