Thursday, June 27, 2013

OPEN LETTER to The Killers, Don't Book Israel


Dear Brandon Flowers, Ronnie Vannucci, David Keuning and Mark Stoermer of The Killers,


It is being reported by some media  that you are planning to perform in Israel this October and we, DPAI,  urge you not to book.  The reports might be baseless (there have been many instances of false reporting of bands playing Israel even after they explicitly told the Israeli promoters that no money would buy their conscience), so please let us know whether they are or not.

We ask you, as musicians of conscience, not to close your hearts to the oppression of the Palestinian people.  There is a profound moral obligation to refuse to play in Israel, and even though the financial rewards might be considerable, we sincerely hope you choose to act according to your conscience.


Last month, the esteemed Professor of Physics, Stephen Hawking, chose to publically support  the boycott of apartheid Israel.  He joins Desmond Tutu, Roger Waters, Alice Walker, Ahmed Kathrada, Naomi Klein, Judith Butler, John Berger and many others who agree that Israel's system of oppression cannot be brought to an end without ending international complicity and intensifying global solidarity, particularly in the form of the boycott.  On the growing list of artists who have joined the boycott are Faithless, Leftfield, Gorillaz, Klaxons, Massive Attack, Gil Scott Heron, Santana, Pete Seeger, Pixies, Tindersticks, Elvis Costello, Cassandra Wilson and Cat Power. They understand it takes a boycott to work for justice, and that “dialogue” or performing in Israel while also speaking out against it has failed.


You might want to read Professor Ilan Pappé's “The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine,” which is recommended reading on the website Mormon Matters.  Pappé is also a strong advocate of the boycott of Israel.


Music cannot build bridges between Israel and the millions of Palestinians whom it oppresses.  Bridges can be built through the boycott, as was the case in South Africa, with the ultimate result being that the rights of all people are respected.


The purpose of the boycott is to exert pressure on Israel to respect the rights of Palestinians,  by ending its occupation and blockade of the West Bank and Gaza Strip; respecting the rights of Palestinian refugees who are prevented from returning to their homes just because they are not Jewish; and abolishing institutionalised discrimination including more than 50 laws [1] preventing equal rights of Palestinian citizens of Israel.


The boycott builds on a historical tradition of popular resistance around the world: from within Palestine itself to the Montgomery bus boycott in Alabama to the struggle against apartheid in South Africa. Historically, boycotts work.


Roger Waters wrote:


Where governments refuse to act people must, with whatever peaceful means are at their disposal. For me this means declaring an intention to stand in solidarity, not only with the people of Palestine but also with the many thousands of Israelis who disagree with their government's policies, by joining the campaign of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions against Israel.  This is [however] a plea to my colleagues in the music industry, and also to artists in other disciplines, to join this cultural boycott.  Artists were right to refuse to play in South Africa's Sun City resort until apartheid fell and white people and black people enjoyed equal rights. And we are right to refuse to play in Israel.[2]


Desmond Tutu has this view:


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.[3]


“International Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions against the Apartheid regime, combined with the mass struggle inside South Africa, led to our victory … Just as we said during apartheid that it was inappropriate for international artists to perform in South Africa in a society founded on discriminatory laws and racial exclusivity, so it would be wrong … to perform in Israel“.[4]


Today, due to the boycott call and its international magnitude, it is impossible for any international artist to play in Israel in a political vacuum.  Your performance will be interpreted and used by supporters of Israel and by the state as an endorsement of Israel’s regime, whether you want it to be or not.


Billions of dollars are lavished on Israel annually by western states, particularly the United States and Germany.  Taxpayers in those countries are in effect subsidising Israel's violations of international law at a time when social programs are undergoing severe cuts, unemployment is rising, and the environment is being devastated.  


Please join in the struggle to end western complicity in Israel's violations of international law and respect the Palestinian-led call for cultural boycott.[5]  This is not only good for Palestinians, but also good for those around the world struggling for social justice and against perpetual war.


Sincerely,
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.




See also recent article "The Killers:  Israel Gig Would Be For Propaganda Use, Please Don't Book"

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.  

Please visit and share www.facebook.com/The.Killers.Battle.Against.Apartheid




Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Defence for Children International Palestine and Health Work Committees to Alicia Keys: Cancel Israel Show


Alicia Keys, Cofounder and Ambassador

Keep a Child Alive
5 Main Street, Suite 617
Brooklyn, NY 11201
Dear Ms. Keys:
As Global Ambassador of the organization Keep a Child Alive (KCA), it is clear that you display a commitment and deep sensitivity to the basic needs and inherent rights of children, particularly those who are most vulnerable and disenfranchised. Through your work, you choose to uphold justice and promote KCA’s mission, “that every person has the right to health care and that allchildren deserve a future.” As two leading Palestinian nongovernmental organizations, we are writing to explain that your planned concert in Israel will provide significant support to the Israeli government, which actively denies the very rights of Palestinian children that you and KCA have pledged to uphold. Therefore, Defence for Children International Palestine (DCI-Palestine) and Health Work Committees (HWC) urge you to cancel your scheduled July concert in Israel and to speak out against Israel’s oppressive military occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip, and its systematic discrimination against Palestinians.
Palestinian children have lived under Israeli military occupation for over 46 years. Since the outbreak of the second intifada in 2000, Israeli forces are responsible for the deaths of 1,397 children in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including 1,031 in Gaza. From December 2008 to January 2009, in the offensive known as Operation Cast Lead, Israeli forces killed at least 353 children, including 26 kids in or near schools. At the end of 2012, during the most recent offensive in Gaza, 33 children were killed.
Despite universal non-discrimination and equality guarantees in international law, Palestinian children in the Occupied Palestinian Territory are subjected to a discriminatory legal regime that has been described as separate and unequal by Human Rights Watch. Every day they are denied basic human rights and protections.
Military law, imposed on Palestinians in 1967, empowers soldiers to arrest children as young as 12 without warrants and with no oversight. Over the past decade, around 8,000 children have been arrested and prosecuted in a system where ill-treatment of Palestinian children is widespread and systematic. Nearly 80% of Palestinian children experience some form of physical abuse during their arrest, transfer or interrogation. Israel is the only country in the world where children are automatically charged in military courts.
Since 2008, DCI-Palestine has documented 73 cases where Palestinian children have been held in solitary confinement, sometimesfor periods up to 29 days. They are repeatedly subjected to coercive interrogations and are denied access to their parents and legal counsel. Confessions or statements obtained by coercion or force, and in some cases written in Hebrew, are rarely excluded in the Israeli military courts, which maintain nearly a 98 percent conviction rate, according to DCI-Palestine evidence.
The detrimental psychological and physical effects of detaining persons in solitary confinement are well documented and include panic attacks; fear of impending death; depression, including clinical depression; social withdrawal; a sense of hopelessness; unprovoked anger; short attention span; disorientation; paranoia; psychotic episodes; self-mutilation and attempted suicide.
For these reasons, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, Mr. Juan Méndez, called for a complete ban on the use of solitary confinement for children. The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the occupied Palestinian territories, Professor Richard Falk, has shared similar concerns.
The Israeli government frequently denies Palestinians their right to health care by imposing a permit regime, similar to the “Pass System” in Apartheid South Africa, which severely restricts movement of Palestinian patients and health professionals. The World Health Organization reported in 2013 that
Palestinian patients depend on access to East Jerusalem’s six non-profit Palestinian hospitals for specialized health services. Patients are referred for critical medical interventions, made more necessary as a result of the blockade of the Gaza Strip since 2007, and restrictions on movement of people and goods from Gaza and West Bank, including restrictions on physicians’ access to continuing training.…Obtaining a permit is complicated and difficult, and the uncertainty and last-minute nature of the Israeli response makes the process more stressful for patients and their families….Gaza patients can be called for security interviews before or during the crossing.… Delays and denials of access violate patients’ right to access and may lead to a deterioration in their health status.
In Gaza, over half the 1.6 million residents are children under the age of 18. Israel’s six-year blockade of the Gaza Strip has led to a manmade humanitarian crisis and is the single greatest contributor to the endemic and long-lasting poverty, deterioration of health care, infant mortality, disease, chronic malnutrition and preventable deaths of children. Palestinian children in Gaza lack access to clean water, health care and are scarred by repeated Israeli military offensives and the constant fear of impending attacks.
Israeli officials and agencies often use international artists such as you to promote a positive image of Israel that completely ignores the human rights violations that Israel inflicts on a mass scale against Palestinians. Israel’s Ministry of Tourism has reportedly been working with the producers of your concert in an effort to promote Israel as a tourist destination.
As Palestinian organizations concerned with health and children’s rights, we strongly encourage you to serve as a voice for truth and justice. Israel’s occupation and discriminatory polices have tragic and oppressive impacts on Palestinian children, depriving them of basic human rights and human dignity. As an advocate for human rights, we ask you to demonstrate that your commitment to the rights to health care and to children’s futures applies to all people, including Palestinians. Cancel your show in Israel and echo the same truth and conviction you show for KCA’s mission.
Sincerely,
 Rifat Kassis, Defence for Children International Palestine, www.dcipalestine.org
 Shatha Odeh, Health Work Committees, www.hwc-pal.org
cc:        Leigh Blake, Cofounder, Keep A Child Alive
Peter Twyman, Chief Executive Officer, Keep A Child Alive

Monday, June 17, 2013

A Reply to the Pet Shop Boy Neil's Comment

by DPAI (UK, Australia, Ireland, USA)
Neil of the Pet Shop Boys states his opinion
recently on the Official Blog of the Pet Shop Boys.  With a gig less than a week away in Tel Aviv, we hope to help inform Neil and the band about Israel’s crime of apartheid, which is widespread and rooted in Israeli law, public policy and formal institutions.

From Archbishop Desmond Tutu:
"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."


From Adalah:
"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."


"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."


From the Jury of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, Cape Town, Nov, 2011:
"This discriminatory regime manifests in varying intensity and forms against different categories of Palestinians depending on their location. The Palestinians living under colonial military rule in the Occupied Palestinian Territory are subject to a particularly aggravated form of apartheid. Palestinian citizens of Israel, while entitled to vote, are not part of the Jewish nation as defined by Israeli law and are therefore excluded from the benefits of Jewish nationality and subject to systematic discrimination across the broad spectrum of recognized human rights. Irrespective of such differences, the Tribunal concludes that Israel’s rule over the Palestinian people, wherever they reside, collectively amounts to a single integrated regime of apartheid."

The South African ANC Chairperson, Baleka Mbete, strongly stated at a conference in Pretoria that she has been to Palestine herself and that the Israeli regime is not only comparable but “far worse than Apartheid South Africa.

For a compilation and more information see "Israeli Apartheid is Worse Than Apartheid Practised By White South Africa."

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Why Should Psy Boycott Israel?

by DPAI (UK, Australia, Ireland, USA)
It has been reported recently in Israeli media that on July 25, the South Korean rapper Psy is scheduled to appear at the Tel Aviv, Apartheid Israel Trade Show and Convention Center, and then in the resort city of Eilat two days later.  


South Koreans are aware that in December 2008 and January 2009, Israel waged an attack of aggression against Gaza that left 1,400 Palestinians, predominantly civilians, dead.   The massacre led the UN Goldstone Report to declare that Israel had committed war crimes.  Now, to cover up these war crimes, Israel has increased efforts to “brand” itself as an enlightened liberal democracy. Arts and culture play a special role in Israel’s branding efforts, as the presence of internationally acclaimed artists like Psy is meant to affirm Israel’s membership in the West’s privileged club of “cultured,” liberal democracies. But for many artists it is not business as usual with a state that routinely violates international law and basic human rights. Today, the boycott of Israel is so widespread that huge efforts are made to book what Israeli agents deem might be pro-apartheid artists, who might not care about human rights.


Psy's charismatic song and dance won't build bridges between Israel and the millions of Palestinians whom it oppresses.  Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank won't be allowed through the military checkpoints to get to the Apartheid Israel Trade Show and Convention Center, they won't be allowed to vacation in Eilat either.  Psy would be performing for the Israeli apartheid establishment, while being told that he is building bridges through his music, a ridiculous claim.


Why should Psy boycott Israel?  The reasons are many:


1. Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza Strip live under a brutal and unlawful military occupation.  Israel restricts Palestinians’ freedom of movement and of speech; blocks access to lands, health care, and education; imprisons Palestinian leaders and human rights activists without charge or trial; and inflicts, on a daily basis, humiliation and violence at the more than 600 military checkpoints and roadblocks strangling the West Bank.  All the while, Israel continues to build its illegal wall on Palestinian land and to support the ever-expanding network of illegal, Jewish-only settlements that divide the West Bank into Bantustans.
2. Palestinian citizens of Israel face a growing system of Apartheid within Israel's borders, with laws and policies that deny them the rights that their Jewish counterparts enjoy.  These laws and policies affect education, land ownership, housing, employment, marriage, and all other aspects of people's daily lives. In many ways this system strikingly resembles Jim Crow and apartheid South Africa.
3. Since 1948, when Israel dispossessed more than 750,000 Palestinian people in order to form an exclusivist 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.
4. In Gaza, Palestinians have been subjected to a criminal and immoral siege since 2006.  As part of this siege, Israel has prevented not only various types of medicines, candles, books, crayons, clothing, shoes, blankets, pasta, tea, coffee and chocolate, but also musical instruments from reaching the 1.5 million Palestinians incarcerated in the world’s largest open-air prison.



Bridges can be built through the boycott, as was the case in South Africa, with the ultimate result that everyone’s rights are respected.


The purpose of the boycott is to build pressure on Israel to respect the rights of Palestinians by ending its occupation and blockade of the West Bank and Gaza Strip; respecting the rights of Palestinian refugees who are prevented from returning to their homes just because they are not Jewish; and abolishing the numerous forms of discrimination against Palestinian citizens of Israel.


Psy's Israeli booking agents would like for Psy to ignore the reasons why the esteemed Professor Stephen Hawking chose to publically support the boycott of apartheid Israel.  


Hawking joins distinguished artists, writers, and anti-racist activists such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, John Berger, Arundhati Roy, Adrienne Rich, Ken Loach Naomi Klein and the recently departed Iain Banks.
World-renowned artists, among them Roger Waters, Bono, Snoop Dogg, Jean Luc Godard, Elvis Costello, Gil Scott Heron, Carlos Santana, Devendra Banhart, Faithless and the Pixies have also publicly supported the boycott and/or cancelled their performances in Israel over its human rights record.  Maxi Jazz (Faithless front-man) had this to say as he maintained his principled position not to entertain apartheid:
“While human beings are being willfully denied not just their rights but their needs for their children and grandparents and themselves, I feel deeply that I should not be sending even tacit signals that [performing in Israel] is either 'normal' or 'ok'. It's neither and I cannot support it. It grieves me that it has come to this and I pray everyday for human beings to begin caring for each other, firm in the wisdom that we are all we have.”

In the absence of action by the international community, it takes a boycott to bring about justice and rights. “Dialogue” or performing in Israel while also speaking out against it has failed to bring any change.


Today, Palestinian civil society groups are calling on artists to shun Tel Aviv in the same way that South African activists called on artists to boycott Sun City.  Psy, please refrain from crossing the picket line called by Palestinian society, don't play Israel gangnam style.




Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Rights Advocates Deliver 12,000 Signature Petition Asking Alicia Keys to Cancel Israel Show

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 11, 2013, New York, NY – A delegation of Palestinian-Americans, representing coalitions of over 500 US organizations, delivered a petition today signed by over 12,000 people to the New York City office of Alicia Keys’ nonprofit fighting HIV/AIDS, Keep a Child Alive, calling on Keys to cancel her July 4th concert in Israel.  The petition asked Keys “to stand on the side of justice and cancel her gig in Tel Aviv, Israel,” and to “join us now in the cultural boycott of Israel, and help stop entertaining apartheid. The petition’s 12,000+ plus signers outnumber the audience expected to attend her Tel Aviv show.
The delegation met with staff at the organization, who explained that they were aware of the ongoing efforts to encourage Keys’ cancellation. Delegates passed along materials that included details of the global boycott campaign and reports from rights organizations documenting Israel’s violation of Palestinian children rights, which they confirmed Keep a Child Alive’s Chief Executive Officer, Peter Twyman, received.
Keys recently told the New York Times that she planned to go ahead with the show, despite letters calling on her to cancel from the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic Cultural Boycott of Israel, US novelist Alice WalkerRoger Waters of Pink Floyd, and the Israeli group, Boycott! Supporting the Palestinian BDS call from Within. In an opinion piece in NBC’s  The Grio entitled “Alicia Keys Planned Israel Concert Inspires Backlash from Black Peers,” Michael Arceneaux suggested, “as unifying as much music can be, sometimes the people need more than just a song. Our stars need to step up.”
Andrew Kadi of the USCEIO who delivered the petition explained, “We assume Alicia Keys wasn’t familiar with Israel’s abuses of Palestinian human rights, when scheduling, because her performance is legitimizing a country that systematically undermines her nonprofit’s mission, that ‘every person has the right to health care and that all children deserve a future.’ Israel routinely denies Palestinians health care and systematically destroys the futures of Palestinian children, denying their rights to education and health care, and regularly arresting Palestinian children and then torturing the vast majority of them, according to a report we left for her from Defence for Children International Palestine.”
In response to Israel’s large-scale abuses of Palestinian rights, Palestinian civil society launched a call for a global campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions of Israel in 2005, modeled on the call by black South Africans for a boycott of apartheid South Africa that helped bring an end to the racist system. In response, numerous musicians, including Elvis Costello, Santana, The Pixies, and others have cancelled concerts or refrained from playing in Israel. In May, physicist Stephen Hawking cancelled his planned participation in a conference in Israel, responding to Palestinian requests.
Nada Elia from US Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel, noted, “Her show won’t support peace and love, as she hopes, but will instead help whitewash Israeli apartheid. Playing in Tel Aviv is equivalent to performing in apartheid South Africa’s Sun City in the 1980s, despite the ANC’s call for a boycott. We urge Ms. Keys to stand on the right side of history, with justice and human rights of the disenfranchised, and to cancel her show in Israel.”

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Northern Mali group Tinariwen and the Boycott of Israel

Northern Mali group Tinariwen, announced yesterday on facebook that numerous scheduled artists that were booked for Plugfest Israel cancelled, stating:

Rumours and polemics started to flourish on the internet and social networks, artists were pressured to boycott the festival for political reasons. Movements grew and numerous scheduled artists took off the air by themselves, Tinariwen did not. 

The list of artists that had booked for Plugfest Apartheid Israel included Azealia Banks, !!! Chk, Chk, Chk, 2ManyDJs, CSS, Tiger Love, Water Knot, Jessie Ware and Lee Scratch Perry.  On 2 May !!! Chk, Chk, Chk tweeted cheerfully that "Plug has been pulled on Plugfest Israel.  Xtra night in London, @Jessie_Ware, let's jam.

Tinariwen goes on in their facebook statement to assert their concerns about Plugfest Israel promoters unwillingness to compensate them for the expenses they incurred since they were not one of the artists who cancelled out of the gig:

Tinariwen have engaged costs to perform for this event and did not cancel their coming like other artists. On the official facebook page of Plugfest posts can be read from people having bought tickets which have not been refunded yet.
There is not much to add except that we firmly denounce the behaviour of Plug Productions representatives, based on opacity of informations and bad faith.


Tinariwen also seems oblivious to the fact that most of the Negev desert has already been ethnic cleansed from the Bedouin. One of the villages, Al Araqeeb has been destroyed by the Israeli authorities more than 40 times in the last 3 years, since 27 July 2010. 

Several facebook members informed the musicians about  the nomads in the Negev/Naqab desert.  

One facebook member states:  

Tinariwen, show you really care for the Bedouins. Visit them and hear from them how their water containers are stolen by Israeli forces leaving them without a drop of water. 
How in spite of Israel denying them any infrastructure the Bedouins made the desert bloom, but Israel destroyed and uprooted all they built and nurtured: 
"Hundreds of Israeli police officers and soldiers first demolished dozens of homes and animal pens and uprooted thousands of olive trees in Al-Araqib in July 2010. The Israeli authorities have regularly returned to demolish tents and basic structures that residents have erected there ever since."
http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2013/04/2013415141817288270.html



See their facebook for the entire stream.

Meshell Ndegeocello to Alicia Keys: Israel was very difficult


Meshell Ndegeocello tweets to Alicia Keys that going to Israel was a very difficult experience, and that she does not think she will ever go again.  The 44 year old American singer-songwriterrapperbassist, and vocalist performed in Israel last year, in spite of the Palestinian-led call for a cultural boycott of the apartheid state, Israel.  Ndegeocello has not offered to write an open letter to Alicia Keys, who plans to violate the boycott call on 4 July, 2013 to sing in Tel Aviv.


UPDATE:  Ndegeocello tweets to Alicia Keys:
all can would say is alicia inform yourself understand that you are world wide voice to many a true celebrity