Monday, January 28, 2013

Latest Attempt to Metalwash Israel: ENSLAVED of Norway

Enslaved, a progressive black metal band from Norway, appears eager to perform in apartheid Israel, in blatant disregard of the boycott in support of human rights for Palestinians under Israeli occupation.  The band has announced their Tel Aviv gig on facebook with much fanfare. 
Larsen on keyboards:  Was he aware of the boycott?

Israeli promoter Yishai Sweartz openly claims that the performance is a move by the Norwegian Embassy in Israel to show that they stand with Israel's side.  A youtube video (below) published just days ago shows the members of Enslaved, Ivar Bjørnson, Grutle Kjellson, Arve Isdal, Cato Bekkevold and Herbrand Larsen in front of the camera.  Four members nod in agreement that they are happy to come to play in Tel Aviv for the first and hopefully not the last time.  Only Herbrand Larsen, keyboard and vocalist, stares stoically into the camera, seemingly unable to nod in agreement like the older, veteran members.

Israeli promoter Yishai Sweartz states:
"It's a great honor to welcome ENSLAVED to Israel...
...The show is supported by the Norwegian Embassy in Israel and I'd like to use the opportunity to thank them for believe in the band and stand by our side."



UPDATE 29 January:  The Embassy of Norway appears as a sponsor on this poster announcing ENSLAVED in Tel Aviv.  How many Norwegian citizens would be happy to know their tax dollars help to support bringing a metal band to apartheid Israel?
Related links:

Israel, Arch Enemy and Amnesty Int'l: The Boycott

Metalwashing Israel? The Guns Yes, the Roses ... No

OPEN letter to Between Buried and Me: Refrain from playing in Apartheid Israel

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Above & Beyond: Join the Boycott of Apartheid Israel

Along with this OPEN LETTER, a petition by Trance Addicts Against Israeli Apartheid is gathering hundreds of signatures. CLICK HERE to add your signature to the petition.

Dear Above & Beyond members Paavo Siljamäki, Jono Grant, and Tony McGuinness,

We are writing to ask you to seriously consider cancelling your gig planned for February 21 in Tel Aviv.  Your cancellation would send an effective, truthful message to young people in Israel:  Apartheid is unacceptable.

For change to occur, the status quo cannot be supported.  One part of the current routine is for trance artists such as yourselves to fly quietly to Tel Aviv, perform for throngs of Israelis and, at times, even for a few Palestinians with Israeli identification cards.  

The other part of the present routine is to ignore Israel’s crimes against Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank.  Israel's medieval siege upon the over 1.6 million people of Gaza is a crime of collective punishment, defying international law, and violating the most basic human rights.  Like it or not your audience in Tel Aviv, liberal as they may seem when they are dancing late into the night, largely support that unconscionable siege.  Your gigs in Israel only help to reassure them that all is well, that any discomforting awareness can be suppressed in dance and they should continue not to question their state despite its crimes against humanity.  

Yet can music really be completely separate from politics?  In the case of Israel, it cannot.  The act of performing in Israel is interpreted and broadcast as support and propaganda for the state through a willingness to violate the boycott call made in 2005 by Palestinian Civil Society.  On the other hand, simply refraining from playing in Israel is a quiet, neutral stand to take.  Lastly, speaking out in support of the boycott is a clear stand against apartheid.  Roger Waters from Pink Floyd, for example, has taken the latter route, asking his colleagues in the music industry to support the boycott.  [1]  Portico Quartet also chose to vocally support the boycott, after cancelling their gig planned for this month.[2]

We are asking you to at least take a neutral stand and quietly refrain from playing in Israel.  Better yet, we are asking you to appraise the information about the reasons for boycott, and vocally support it.  Dave Randall is an example of one of several artists who worked in a collaborative effort to create amazing musical support for Palestine, as well as vocal encouragement for the boycott.[3]

Plans for Lollapalooza Israel were recently scrapped because organizers could not recruit international artists who would agree to perform in Israel, the number of artists willing to play there is dwindling.[4]

Why should trance artists be any different?  Trance musicians are also afforded a great opportunity to take a stand for justice.  Paavo Siljamäki, Jono Grant, and Tony McGuinness, this is your choice, your opportunity, and now is the time, make your trance music group go way above and beyond, support justice and call out against apartheid, don’t return for a third time to Israel.

Warm Regards,
Don't Play Apartheid Israel
We are a group, of over 1000 members, representing many nations around the globe, who believe that it is essential for musicians & other artists to heed the call of the PACBI, and join in the boycott of Israel. This is essential in order to work towards justice for the Palestinian people under occupation, and also in refugee camps and in the diaspora throughout the world.

Trance Addicts Against Israeli Apartheid
We are a newly formed group dedicated to the advocacy and promotion of a trance music boycott of Israel.


Also endorsed by:

BDS Netherlands


[1] Tear down this Israeli wall: I want the music industry to support Palestinians' rights and oppose this inhumane barrier by Roger Waters
http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2011/mar/11/cultural-boycott-west-bank-wall

[2] Portico Quartet Respects the Boycott of Israel
http://refrainplayingisrael.blogspot.com/2012/12/portico-quartet-respects-boycott-of.html

[3] Dave Randall interviewed about 'Freedom for Palestine' single
http://www.socialistworker.co.uk/art.php?id=25100

[4] Party’s over for Perry Farrell: Lollapalooza Israel collapses as artists said to stay away  http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/partys-over-perry-farrell-lollapalooza-israel-collapses-artists-said-stay-away

Friday, January 25, 2013

Pressure on Springsteen to Play Apartheid Israel Increases

In an interview by the Jerusalem Post, an Israeli booking agent, Shuki Weiss, reveals how intense the pressure is on Bruce Springsteen to sing in apartheid Israel.  Weiss reveals his confidence that Springsteen will perform in Israel.  Weiss goes on indirectly admit when [if] Springsteen plays Israel, it will not be for financial gain, making it a pure political motive placing Israel in his favor.  From past history, we can be absolutely sure that the Israeli government will take full advantage of Springsteen as their trophy boycott breaker if he plays Tel Aviv.  

“I can say with full confidence that a Springsteen show will take place in Israel,” said Weiss in an interview with The Jerusalem Post that will appear in Friday’s Jerusalem Post Magazine.

“It’s not a financial consideration or any other consideration – when it happens, it will happen. Our communication with his management is excellent, and there have been three times that we were so close to closing a deal,” said Weiss.

“Like many touring acts, his time in Europe is restricted... and we’re not a very big market. To play in Israel, you’re looking at a loss of days – in the time it takes to fly here, set up, play one or two shows and fly out, you could perform four nights in a row in Europe.”

“These big tours have so many factors – the manager, the band, the agent, production manager, the routing – it’s so hard to coordinate between all those elements. But it happened with the Chili Peppers and it will happen with Bruce.”


Along with constant pressure from the Israeli booking agent on Springsteen's management, the tactics to bring The Boss to Israel have bordered on the pitiful and the absurd.
The pitiful:  A facebook "group" with 198 members dedicated to bringing Bruce to Israel, and a petition started in 2007 that has garnered only 2% (see right) of its goal in signatures.

The absurd:  Help an 11 year old Israeli middle school age boy to get the Hanukkah gift of his dreams:   a second time to see Bruce (the first being when he was also 11, but in Boston on a vacation).  Supposedly, this young boy posted on facebook, just hours ago:
It was a HUGE week for the Bring the Boss to Israel online petition! We passed 2000 sign ups, had great coverage on Jpost, and Shuki Weiss Promotion & Production knows that we're in it to win it :) Keep up the amazing work!
LIKE and SHARE y'all so Bruce Springsteen knows how much we want him to play in Israel :)
Meanwhile, the cultural boycott of Israel continues to grow.  Just this year, Lollapalooza planners reported that   "The festival’s main sponsor, the company NMC United, pulled out not long after the festival was announced, after the production was unable to guarantee that international artists would visit Israel."  Plans for Lollapalooza Israel were apparently scrapped.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Ky-Mani Marley: BOYCOTT Apartheid Israel

BDS France outside of Ky-Mani's gig in Paris:
Get Up, Stand Up, for Palestine
UPDATE 11 Feb 2013 (Paris, France)  Regarding his concert planned in 9 days in Tel Aviv, activists of the BDS France campaign tried to get in touch with Ky Mani Marley in Paris where he played yesterday night, in front of the "Cabaret Sauvage". The PACBI letter to him (below) was given to his french manager.




Ky-Mani Marley is being asked to “Get Up Stand Up” Against Israeli Apartheid, and respect the cultural boycott of Israel.
We at the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) are deeply troubled to learn that you are scheduled to perform in Tel Aviv on February 20, 2013. [1] We are writing to urge you to refrain from playing in apartheid Israel and not to condone Israel’s violations of international law and human rights against the Palestinian people. 



As a reggae artist, and son of the legendary singer Bob Marley who’s “Songs of Freedom” continue to inspire millions of people struggling against the inhuman forces of racist oppression, we ask you not to turn a blind eye to Israel’s brutal colonial and apartheid system. You may not know this but for over 60 years Palestinians have faced one of the most pernicious systems of radicalized oppression. The state of Israel was created in 1948 by systematically dispossessing and ethnically cleansing more than 750,000 Palestinian people in order to form a supremacist Jewish state; Israel has denied Palestinian refugees their internationally recognized right to return to their homes and their lands. Israel also continues to expel people from their homes in Jerusalem and the Naqab (Negev). Today, there are more than 7 million Palestinian refugees still struggling for their right to return to their homes, like all refugees around the world.
Palestinians in the West Bank (including East Jerusalem) and Gaza Strip live under a repressive and increasingly violent military occupation. Gaza has been turned by Israel into the world’s largest open-air prison, denying basic access to construction materials, education, healthcare, basic foodstuffs and other basic rights. Through its siege on Gaza, Israel has enforced a “caloric diet” that allows “for subsistence without the development of malnutrition,” essentially limiting the amount of food permitted into the occupied strip of land, and strangling and starving an entire people in a policy of collective punishment.[2] Meanwhile in the West Bank, the Israeli occupation regime continues to construct its apartheid wall – declared illegal by the international court of justice in 2004 – and to encircle Palestinians through a network of Jewish-only colonies and a system of Jewish-only roads that confine Palestinians to Bantustans and ghettos.
Your plans to perform in apartheid Israel come at a time when international support for the Palestinian call for boycotts, divestments and sanctions (BDS) against Israel has been growing. Stevie Wonder has recently cancelled a performance at a fundraiser for the Israeli army after he came under intense pressure from people of conscience throughout the world, including our allies in the African American community, for his ill-conceived plans to support an army that is an instrument of colonial terror and has perpetrated numerous massacres against the Palestinians. [3] We hope that you will follow Stevie Wonder’s example and cancel your performance.  
Te overwhelming majority of Palestinian civil society has endorsed the BDS Call of 2005. Brave and principled Israeli partners in Boycott from Within [4] have supported BDS as well, calling on the world to boycott their state until it complies with its obligations under international law. We are asking international artists to heed our call for a cultural boycott until “Israel withdraws from all the lands occupied in 1967, including East Jerusalem; removes all its colonies in those lands; agrees to United Nations resolutions relevant to the restitution of Palestinian refugees rights; and dismantles its system of apartheid." [5]
As the Artists Against Apartheid campaign against apartheid in South Africa showed, artists have a moral responsibility to refrain from conducting business as usual with a regime that systematically violates human rights. If you still have any doubts over the nature of Israel’s colonial oppression then consider the words of Archbishop Desmond Tutu who said:
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. [6]
Just as in the anti-apartheid struggle in South Africa, where international solidarity played a central role in bringing down apartheid, we believe that the global BDS movement is the most effective, non-violent and morally consistent way to pressure Israel to comply with international law and recognize the Palestinian people’s inalienable rights. Prominent international cultural figures like Alice Walker, Angela Davis, Judith Butler and Naomi Klein have given their support for BDS. Musicians and bands like Roger Waters, the late Gil Scott Heron, the Pixies, Elvis Costello, Snoop Dogg and many others have heeded our call and cancelled performances in Israel.
We hope that you will do the same. We urge you not to cross our picket line, and to take a stand in support of the struggle for freedom, justice and equality.
Respectfully,
PACBI

 SOURCE:  http://www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=2102
[4] http://boycottisrael.info/
[6] http://www.huffingtonpost.com/desmond-tutu/divesting-from-injustice_b_534994.html 

Sunday, January 13, 2013

DJ Hardwell: Don't Play in Apartheid Israel

Join in signing the petition asking DJ Hardwell to stand on the side of justice and human rights. A newly formed group titled Trance Addicts Against Israeli Apartheid has formed, dedicated to the advocacy and promotion of a trance music boycott of Israel.

Dear DJ Hardwell,
 Dutch DJ Hardwell is ranked #6 globally. 
Through our shared passion of trance music and human rights, we are writing to ask you to cancel your January 17 concert date in Tel Aviv, and to avoid booking further concerts in Israel until Israel has ended its occupation, colonization and oppression of Palestinian people, and recognises their right guaranteed by international law to return to their lands. Palestinians want equality and all their just rights.

As you may know Roger Waters, Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello, The Pixies, Leftfield, Klaxons, the late Gil Scott-Heron and many other performing artists have chosen to respect the boycott of Israel.

500 Montreal-based artists, including Arcade Fire musician Richard Reed Parry, signed a statement condemning Israeli apartheid.

Palestinian children have their homes invaded, and sometimes even demolished indiscriminately through Israeli military operations.

Music cannot be isolated from politics. A visit to Israel, particularly now, is viewed by Israel, and internationally, as implicit support for brutal Israeli policies and indifference to the victims of Israeli crimes against humanity and war crimes. A performance in Israel, regardless of intentions, helps Israel cover up its violations of international law, particularly its criminal siege of 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza and its recent illegal bloody attack on humanitarian relief ships carrying hundreds of international human rights activists, and killing nine aid workers.

When Elvis Costello cancelled two events in Israel, he explained, “One lives in hope that music is more than mere noise, filling up idle time, whether intending to elate or lament. Then there are occasions when merely having your name added to a concert schedule may be interpreted as a political act that resonates more than anything that might be sung and it may be assumed that one has no mind for the suffering of the innocent.”

Musicians who think that their concerts in Israel serve somehow to promote peace might consider that the criminal activities of the Israeli government have not diminished in the last ten or twenty years. Rather, acts of criminality have only increased.

We all saw Israel’s assault on Gaza (Operation Cast Lead) in the winter of 2008-09, which killed more than 1,400 Palestinians and injured thousands more.

Last November Israel launched its largest military assault on the Gaza Strip since Operation Cast Lead. During the eight consecutive days of bombing and shelling, approximately 170 Palestinians were killed, including more than 100 Palestinian civilians, and approximately 1,400 Palestinians were injured. Many of those attacked, murdered and maimed  by Israel were women and children, and for children particularly, the trauma is ongoing.

In response to Israel's Freedom Flotilla massacre, the prominent Scottish writer, Iain Banks, wrote in the Guardian that the best way for international artists, writers and academics to “convince Israel of its moral degradation and ethical isolation” is “simply by having nothing more to do with this outlaw state.”

We urge you not to allow your music and talent to be used to whitewash the crimes of this outlaw state.

When American indie rocker Devendra Banhart cancelled his performance in Israel, he said, “it seems that we are being used to support views that are not our own.”

Likewise, your performance in Israel will be seen as a form of badly needed support for its system of repression in the face of increasing international isolation. Please do not allow your music to be used to whitewash repression and apartheid.

We look forward to your response.
Sincerely yours,

Trance Addicts Against Israeli Apartheid
We are a newly formed group dedicated to the advocacy and promotion of a trance music boycott of Israel.


BDS Amsterdam

Youth for Palestine - Netherlands


Don't Play Apartheid Israel
We are a group, of over 1000 members, representing many nations around the globe, who believe that it is essential for musicians & other artists to heed the call of the PACBI, and join in the boycott of Israel. This is essential in order to work towards justice for the Palestinian people under occupation, and also in refugee camps and in the diaspora throughout the world.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Jacky Terrasson: Time to Make a choice, For or Against Human Rights and Justice

Jazz pianist Jacky Terrasson is being asked to respect the cultural boycott of Israel in an OPEN LETTER from BDS France. Terrasson is being urged to refrain from playing at the Red Sea Jazz Festival in Eilat.  Terrasson recently asked his fans on facebook to sign a petition in favor of gun control, which states:   How many more senseless and entirely PREVENTABLE shootings have to occur before we do something about Gun Control ... On December 14, 2012, a gunman entered the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut and opened fire, killing 26 people, 20 of whom were children. Completely innocent unarmed victims. 
It is wonderful that Terrasson can use his influence to help people work for peace and stop school shootings.  Terrasson would also do well to take an anti-apartheid stand and refrain playing in Israel.  Other jazz greats have cancelled their plans to play at this year's Winter Red Sea Jazz Festival.  Stanley Jordan has declined his invitation, after engaging in a dialogue about the reason for the boycott on his facebook.  Portico Quartet also declined, and has voiced support for the palestinian-led BDS movement.  Grammy winning jazz singer Cassandra Wilson, with whom Terrasson worked with on the recording Rendezvous, also cancelled in 2012, taking a public political stand just before she was due to board a plane to Tel Aviv.  Israeli daily Ynet reported (in Hebrew, translated) that Wilson announced, “as a human rights activist, I identify with the cultural boycott of Israel.”     


BDS France's compelling letter:
Dear Jacky Terrasson,
First, let us wish you a happy new year 2013. You have been invited to play at the jazz festival in Eilat, Israel next month. Eilat is a seaside resort, distant from the politics and tragic events in the region. But does being far from the battlefield mean not hearing what’s happening a few dozen miles away?
Do you know that a whole swathe of the population is excluded and won’t be able to come and listen to the sounds of your piano? Despite UN Conventions, the Palestinian people remain under occupation and colonisation, confined behind an illegal separation Wall in the West Bank, hemmed in by the siege of Gaza, or living under a regime of State discrimination in Israel. The rest are refugees all around the world.
Dear Jacky Terrasson, on your Facebook page you denounce the prevalence of fire-arms in the United States. Could you today go to a country as violent as Israel is towards the native population, and play for a government that puts in place and encourages such violence?
You should know that the Eilat jazz festival is not merely a musical and cultural event. Organised with the aid of the Israeli Ministries of Culture and Tourism, it is directly associated with the government and its propaganda, attempting to pass Israel off as a State like any other. Israel uses such cultural events, at home and abroad, as a showcase for Israeli “democracy”. It wants at all cost to display its “normality”, to its own citizens and to foreigners abroad.
But Israel is not a normal State, nor is it democratic for all its citizens. It violates international law daily by its occupation and colonisation of land, it maintains an illegal blockade of Gaza, depriving a whole population of basic supplies and medical equipment, it continues day after day to expel, to imprison, and to demolish the homes of Palestinian families. Since the recent recognition of Palestine as an observer State at the United Nations, the Israeli government has retaliated by announcing the illegal construction of over 2,600 additional homes in the colonies of East Jerusalem. In the West Bank, over 600 checkpoints deprive the Palestinians of their freedom of movement, making access to water, to schooling, to health care, to employment, dependent on the arbitrary will of the military.
The international community closes its eyes and the Israeli government acts with total impunity. In the face of such injustice, Palestinian civil society, supported by the most progressive fringe of Israeli citizens, decided in 2005 to launch the BDS campaign: a call for boycott, divestment and sanctions as long as Israel goes on flouting international law. We, French citizens belonging to a variety of associations, formed the BDS French Campaign in order to pursue the struggle at all levels of French society.
Numerous international artists have already chosen not to play in Israel until its changes its politics. Just recently the groups Portico Quartet and Tuba Skinny, as well as the pianists Jason Moran and Eddie Palmieri, who were all invited to the Eilat jazz festival, have cancelled their performances there.
Other artists who have also cancelled their appearance in different Israeli cities include your friend Cassandra Wilson, Natacha Atlas, Cat Power, Jello Biafra, Lhasa, Gilles Vigneault, Roger Waters, Elvis Costello, Carlos Santana, Annie Lennox, Vanessa Paradis, Gil Scott-Heron, The Pixies and Massive Attack.
Dear Jacky Terrasson, we are asking you to join all these artists who refuse to be used to whitewash the Israeli regime and who choose to boycott that regime until it respects international law. To start the year well, we are asking you to cancel your participation in the Eilat jazz festival, showing that you refuse to be manipulated in the service of injustice that you do not support.
The French BDS Campaign

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Ky-Mani Marley latest artist used to whitewash Israel's apartheid state

The official twitter of the state of Israel has again used a musician to whitewash its anti-humanitarian policy of apartheid.  The notion that Ky-Mani Marley will play in Israel is somehow supposed to convince people that Israel is a peace-loving state.  There could be nothing further than the truth.  Ky-Mani Marley is being urged to stand on the side of justice, human rights and peace.  

Click on image to enlarge.  
Contact info for Ky-Many:
https://www.facebook.com/kymanimarley
https://twitter.com/MaestroMarley

#useme

Israel: PAGAN'S MIND not cancelling due to the boycott, stay calm

Yet another band has had to cancel their gig in Israel, due to medical reasons.  Six days prior to the Jan 11 scheduled Tel Aviv gig, the band PAGAN'S MIND has to scrap concert plans.  This happens in the music industry.  But what does not happen is, that the band records a special video just to reassure fans of a particular state.  
But Israel is different.  Israeli fans of the Norweigan heavy metal group PAGAN'S MIND, are reassured that the cancellation is not due to the cultural boycott.  
There are times when bands have cancelled, giving no reason, and not issued videos, and the anger against the cancelling band has been seething.   Tempers run high when bands cancel, especially when they decide to stand in solidarity with Palestinians, and endorse Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions.


Two days ago, this statement appeared on the bands official website: 


Pagan’s Mind will be canceling their January 11 show in Tel Aviv, Israel, as bassist Steinar Krokmo fell ill with a bad flue.
“On behaf of myslef and the other members I want to thank the fans and the promoter for the patience and understanding,” said vocalist Nils K. Rue, in a statement released on YouTube, “We hope to make up for this show as soon as possible.”
Read full statement from Facebook below:
“We regretfully have to postpone the scheduled show with LEPROUS in Tel Aviv on 11. January 2013. Steinar has spent the last week in hospital, and is still in treatment although no longer in intensive care.
We are not able to regroup in time for the planned departure to Israel.
In talks with the Israeli promoter, we have decided to postpone the show until further notice. We want to thank the fans and promoter for their patience and understanding, and hopes to make up for this show as soon as possible.”


2/27/2013 UPDATE:  Pagan's Mind has cancelled Israel a second time.  This time their 16 March gig is trashed.  Circus Maximus also will not play Tel Aviv.  

Sunday, January 6, 2013

OPEN LETTER to Polish Jazz group Motion Trio: Boycott Israel


The latest group being asked to respect the cultural boycott of Israel is Motion Trio.  The polish accordian trio consists of Janusz Wojtarowicz, Paweł Baranek, and Marcin Gałażyn.  The Palestinian Solidarity Campaign of Poland has written a compelling open letter to the band, reports are out that the band is aware of appeals to boycott Israel on their facebook.  There is no way to press "delete" to the fact that the cultural boycott is growing.  The flailing Israel Red Sea Jazz Festival is not a festival for jazz artists of conscience.  The anti-apartheid trend is on the rise amongst musicians.  More and more do not want to break the cultural boycott.  Check out this google translation of the open letter or view the original at http://www.kampania-palestyna.pl/index.php/2013/01/06/apel-do-motion-trio-o-odwolanie-wystepu-na-read-sea-jazz-festival-w-izraelu/


To write to Motion Trio:
marcin@akordeonus.com
annawojtarowicz@akordeonus.com.
We also encourage you to send the call to the band's facebook account.
Dear Motion Trio
We would like to kindly ask you to consider canceling their participation in the festival " Red Sea Jazz Festival ". Our deep concerns about the fact that the cultural event is used to hide the Israeli policy of apartheid.
We believe it is my duty to inform you that taking part in the above. festival in the case of progressive occupation can be considered as a political act and express support for the Israeli occupation of Palestinian politics
The presence in Israel is rejecting international boycott, and the share will be interpreted as a vote of confidence for the Israeli policy of oppression. It is the international policy of silence practiced by governments around the world has prompted the Palestinians to issue a call for a boycott of Israel, to the time when the country starts to respect international law, including numerous UN resolutions.
Culture in this case is treated as a tool to cover up violence, staying focused on human rights and civil rights, the absolute occupation and apartheid policies. We believe it is unethical to take part in events organized or co-financed by the State of Israel, the occupier of Palestine, given the very fact of occupation, especially its violent nature and number of violations of international law.
Red Sea Jazz Festival is sponsored, among others by the Israeli Ministry of Tourism , which on its maps derives 60% of the West Bank (occupied by Israel since 1967) as the area of Israel, thus violating international law (resolutions
The Israeli Ministry of Culture, which also sponsors the festival appeal condemned Israeli artists of 2010, in which they refused to performances in the cultural center located in the illegal Israeli settlement Ariel on the Palestinian Occupied Territories (the West Bank). http://www. jpost.com / Israel / Article.aspx id = 186854 )
Other sponsors such as Eilat Sea Port has a direct relationship with the Israeli government, which is responsible for the human rights of the Palestinian people in the occupied territories, violations of international law and human rights (including the Fourth Geneva Convention).
You should refuse to participate in maintaining a façade of normality Israel.
Writing these words, we are confident that the contacts associated with travel logistics, the hosts of Israel did not inform you that less than 300 miles north of the venue which you are invited, 2.5 million Palestinians live under an absolute occupation of the West Bank . They are surrounded by the apartheid wall illegal and regularly harassed by armed soldiers. Those people living under Israeli military regime will not be able to participate in this festival, because Israel prevents them from moving freely even after the West Bank. They can not even dream about it, to visit Eilat. Hundreds of regular and arbitrarily lays down checkpoints are created solely for the Palestinians effectively prevent any movement after their own land.
His performance in the Red Sea Jazz Festival has already appealed Stanley Jordan and Andreas Oberg.
Cultural Boycott of Israel as a form of peaceful opposition to human rights abuses of Palestinians support a number of well-known and respected artists. Among them are South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu - Nobel Peace Prize winner, directors Ken Loach and Jean-Luc Godard , and musicians Roger Waters (Pink Floyd), The Pixies, Faithless, Elvis Costello, Macy Gray, and Cassandra Wilson.
We urge you to respect the UN resolutions and international laws condemning the policy of the State of Israel and the planned withdrawal from participation in the festival.
For more information:
The report of the Israeli Committee Against Wyburzeniom
Report of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) regarding the impact of life settlement policy  
Report of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) regarding the impact of separation wall on Palestinian life:  http://www.ochaopt.org/documents/ocha_opt_barrier_factsheet_july_2012_english.pdf
The annual report regarding human rights in the occupied territories Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem :http://www.btselem.org/annual_report_2011
Sincerely,
[The Palestinian Solidarity Campaign of Poland]

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Stanley Jordan stands with Palestinians, cancelling gig at Israel's Jazz Festival


By DPAI (UK, London, Australia, USA) 

BREAKING: American jazz/jazz fusion guitarist and pianist Stanley Jordan has decided to respect the cultural boycott of Israel, and cancel his planned appearance as the headlining artist for the Israel Red Sea Jazz Festival (his image was used to create publicity posters in Hebrew for the state-funded event).  
Jordan engaged in a long discussion on his facebook fan page with many people including Palestinians.  He initially chose not to respect the cultural boycott call but rather perform in Israel, and then hold a special event later on in the year to promote justice for Palestinians.  

There is an outpouring of support for his decision to cancel (see screenshot below).

Jordan's cancellation comes on the heels of cancellations by other Jazz musicians who have taken an anti-apartheid stand, refusing to play at the same festival.  Both Portico Quartet and Andreas Öberg  refused to play in Israel.  

Groups in France and Switzerland are asking Erik Truffaz to refrain playing in Israel.  A Dutch group has asked Yuri Honing to also cancel.  Both campaign links are below:
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