Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Titi Robin of France Honors Call for Cultural Boycott of Israel

Titi Robin, celebrated oud, guitar and buzuq artist wrote on his facebook page today, enthusiastically supporting the call for a cultural boycott of Israel.  He has cancelled his planned concert scheduled for this September 6 and 7 at the Jerusalem Sacred Music Festival, a Zionist program seeking to normalize the occupation of Jerusalem.  His act of solidarity with the Palestinian people is significant, as he has performed in the past in Israel and Palestine and was even featured, in 2005, by the Jerusalem Post in an attempt to use his music to normalize Israel.  But he states "these journeys finally made me take this decision, which appears to me, after a long term reflection, the most honest one regarding the evolution of the situation."

An English translation from google follows his full statement:

"Bonjour, je vous remercie de votre invitation qui me touche beaucoup de jouer à Jérusalem à l'occasion du Festival des Musiques Sacrées. Mais, en raison de la politique dramatique de l'état d'Israël à l'égard des Palestiniens et de la municipalité de Jérusalem à l'égard de ses habitants non juifs, je ne peux y répondre positivement.* Je soutiens tous ceux, Juifs, Musulmans, Chrétiens et de toute autre appartenance
qui luttent contre l'attitude de ce gouvernement et de l'idéologie qui la sous-tend. Cela a des répercussions dans le monde entier et nous les vivons aussi douloureusement en France. Je salue avec respect mon public de Gaza, Naplouse, Tel Aviv, Bethléem, Bir Zeit, Nazareth, Haïfa, Ramallah, des nombreux camps de réfugiés que je n'oublie jamais, ... et bien sûr de Jérusalem. J'espère qu'un beau jour proche, la justice règnera sur cette terre sainte et que nous pourrons revenir célébrer en musique notre longue histoire commune ensemble fraternellement."

Titi Robin

* Par le passé, j'ai joué à de nombreuses reprises en Palestine occupée et en Israël mais ces voyages ont fini par me faire prendre cette décision qui me semble, après mûre réflexion, la plus honnête vue l'évolution de la situation. 

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Dear organizers from Sacred Music Festival in Jerusalem,

I thank you for your invitation which touches me deeply. But, due to the dramatic policy of Israël State towards Palestinian people and of the municipality of Jerusalem towards its non jewish inhabitants, I cannot answer to it positively.* I do support everyone, jewish, muslims, christians and every other
people who fight against the attitude of this government and the ideology which underlies it. There are repercussions all around the world and we although suffer from them in France.
I am respectfully greeting my audience from Gaza, Naplouse, Tel Aviv, Bethléem, Bir Zeit, Nazareth, Haïfa, Ramallah, and from all the refugees camps, which I never forget.. and of course from Jerusalem. I do hope that one day, in a very near future, justice will reign on the holy land and that we will be able to come back to celebrate with music our long common history together fraternally. 

Titi Robin

* "In the past I did play many times in occupied Palestine and in Israël, but these journeys finally made me take this decision, which appears to me, after a long term reflection, the most honest one regarding the evolution of the situation."