Thursday, January 8, 2015

An Appeal to Dusty Kid to Adhere to the campaign for a Cultural Boycott of Israel

Dear Dusty Kid,

We recently learned that January 23, 2014 you will be returning to play in Tel Aviv. [1]

We're writing to ask you not to play in the apartheid state called Israel and to condemn Israeli violations of international law and human rights against the Palestinian people.
Will Dusty Kid add his name
to artists of conscience and
boycott Israel?

Israel operates in blatant violation of basic human rights and international law by forcing the Palestinians to live under the oppression of a cruel system of racial discrimination and apartheid. [2]

For this reason, in 2005, over 170 Palestinian civil society organizations have called for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel until the latter does not respect human rights and international law [3].

The Palestinian call for BDS, inspired by the successful boycott that contributed to the end of the apartheid regime in South Africa, has the support of artists, academics, trade unions, churches, student groups, organizations and people of conscience all over the world. In particular, the call for cultural boycott is aimed at all the artists of mondo chiedendo them not to perform in Israel and not to participate in events that aim to normalize the dramatic situation in the placing on the same level the occupier and the occupied, the 'oppressor and the oppressed. [4]

Performing in Israel today would be like performing for the South African regime during the apartheid years.

There are numerous international artists and intellectuals [5] who have decided to respect the Palestinian call and to oppose Israel's cynical use of the arts to hide apartheid, ethnic cleansing and military occupation [6], including South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Pulitzer Prize Alice Walker, Andreas Öberg, Angela Davis, Arundhati Roy, August Burns Red, Bono, Carlo Mombelli, Carlos Santana, Cassandra Wilson, Cat Power, Coldplay, Danny Glover, Devandra Banhart, Elvis Costello, Faithless, Gil Scott-Heron, Gorillaz Sound System, Jean Luc Godard, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo school of Medicine, John Berger, Judith Butler, Stephen Hawking, Ken Loach, Lenny Kravitz, Mike Leigh, Mira Nair, Mireille Mathieu Naomi Klein, Natacha Altas, Oumou Sangare, Portico Quartet, Roger Waters, Snoop Dogg, Stanley Jordan, Stevie Wonder, The Pixies, Vanessa Paradis, Zakir Hussain

In a situation of injustice does not take a position equivalent to take a stand for the oppressor.

So we urge you to cancel your concert in Israel and to refrain from program other concerts in Israel until Israel does not respect international law and human rights of the Palestinian people.

Sharing the Palestinian call for boycott, as an artist of international fame can play a vital role in influencing change, in raising awareness and providing a contribution to the nonviolent Palestinian struggle for freedom, self-determination and equality.

Waiting for a your reply, Best regards,

Sardinia Palestine Friendship Association
BDS Sardinia

Notes:

[1] http://www.residentadvisor.net/dj/dustykid/dates?yr=2015&ctry=8  https://www.facebook.com/events/1460420734234086/
[2] http://lawcenter.birzeit.edu/iol/en/project/outputfile/6/986afcc6c9.pdf
[3] http://bdsitalia.org/index.php/campagna-bds/77-appello-bds
[4] http://bdsitalia.org/index.php/campagna-bac/317-appello-pacbi
[5] http://www.bdsmovement.net/activecamps/cultural-boycott
[6] http://mondoweiss.net/2009/03/ny-times-offers-the-rationale-for-the-cultural-boycott-of-israel.html

  Source: BDS Sardinia