OPEN LETTERS Asking Artists to Cancel


The call for the Red Hot Chili Peppers reached global proportions in 2012, with letters from France, Israel, Lebanon, and DPAI with members from Ireland, the UK, the USA, Australia and more.  A facebook page started in December, 2011 called Red Hot Chili Peppers:  Defy Injustice, Cancel Israel continues to grow.  
The letters to the band keep coming, and we will update them when possible.

1. OPEN LETTER:  The USACBI created a petition using the letter written by Tali Shapiro, the letter & petition can be seen here http://www.change.org/petitions/red-hot-chili-peppers-cancel-your-performance-in-israel  Add your name if you have not already, and you agree with the letter.

2. OPEN LETTER:  The group BOYCOTT! wrote to the Red Hot Chili Peppers in April highlighting Israel's use of bands to promote its own agenda.  The letter is here http://boycottisrael.info/content/israeli-citizens-red-hot-chili-peppers-please-cancel-your-tel-aviv-gig  

3. OPEN LETTER:  Lebanon's name is added to the list with a letter printed in Al-Akhbar on 25 April, by the Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel in Lebanon.  The letter emphasized that just 4 days prior to playing in Israel, the band plans to play in Lebanon.  It states "The soil that Arabs have cultivated for centuries, in Palestine, Lebanon, and Syria, has been militarily occupied for decades by Israel."   See the letter here   http://english.al-akhbar.com/content/red-hot-chilli-peppers-urged-abandon-israel-gig

4. OPEN LETTER:  BDS France publishes their letter on 3 May, asking the Red Hot Chili Peppers to cancel.  Translated:  "If you play in Tel Aviv, please do not forget that thousands of Palestinian young admirers, just a half an hour away, who will not have the right to listen to you just because Israel has confined them behind a monstrous wall of separation.  Will this not give you nausea on stage?  We believe that it should. Please: do not go there."     Read the letter at  http://www.bdsfrance.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=775%3Alettre-ouverte-campagne-bds-france-aux-red-hot-chili-peppers-qui-ont-prevu-de-se-produire-en-israel&catid=9%3Aevenements-bds-france&lang=fr

5. OPEN LETTER:  DPAI write on 9 December, explaining the "CCFP" to the Red Hot Chili Peppers.  The letter also quoted the lyrics from Johnny, Kick a Hole in the Sky.  The American Indians are the Palestinians of North America.  The letter was published by the PACBI at  http://www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=1853&key=red%20hot%20chili%20peppers 

6. OPEN LETTER :  Artists Against Apartheid appeal to the Red Hot Chili Peppers in this letter, linking the struggle to South Africa    http://www.artistsagainstapartheid.org/?p=1913

7. OPEN LETTER: The Indian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, composed of academics, activists and artists in India, write on 18 May and cite the reasons for the boycott and the illegality of the wall.   http://www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=1889

8. OPEN LETTER:  South African Artists Against Apartheid write to the band, explaining to them how their past struggle against apartheid was in part won by artists like themselves, who refused to entertain in Sun City.  See http://www.southafricanartistsagainstapartheid.com/2010/07/red-hot-chili-peppers.html

9. OPEN LETTER: BDS Italia lets the band know that their concert in Milan falls a few days before the 8th anniversary of the International Court of Justice's decision to declare the Apartheid wall and the settlements a violation of International Law.  The fact that Israel does not separate music from politics is also highlighted.   http://www.stopagrexcoitalia.org/news/comunicati/292-rhcp-it.html

10. OPEN LETTER:  Punks Against Apartheid write on 10 June asking the Peppers to cancel, and reminding them of their punk roots in Los Angeles in the 1980's.  Vive le Palestina! Vive le punk! See http://punksagainstapartheid.com/2012/06/red-hot-chili-peppers-cant-stop-playing-for-apartheid-yes-you-can/

11. OPEN LETTER:  Craig Higgins, a PhD Candidate in Physics, writes from Lubbock, Texas.  His letter captures the emotion of being a RHCP fan, and the grim disappointment he now feels that the band has not really reached higher ground.   See "If You See The Red Hot Chili Peppers Getting High, Knock Them Down" at http://epsilonisepsilon.blogspot.ie/2012/06/if-you-see-red-hot-chili-peppers.html

12.  Tali Shapiro writes a 12th letter, following the publishing of a video of the band with Anthony Kiedis saying “We love playing for people. Children, middle aged, and old people. So come one come all.”  Her letter links to an incredible map of the world, with the locations of the letters highlighted.  See http://pulsemedia.org/2012/07/01/the-red-hot-chili-peppers-and-the-story-of-the-wiping-out-of-the-indigenous-people-of-a-land-formerly-known-as-falastin/

13. The PACBI writes to the band, on 1 August.  (See http://pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=1967)  The idea that playing in Israel is something Hillel Slovak may have or have not wanted is addressed.  They write:
"We understand that one of your former band members, Hillel Slovak (May he Rest in Peace) was Israeli.  We cannot begin to assume his political positions, whether or not he would still want you to play in Israel, and how his views may have changed over the years.  It would be disrespectful of us to pretend to know how the deceased might act today.  All we can ask is for you to understand for yourselves Israel’s violations of international law and human rights, and to postpone your performance until a time when Israel does not practice colonialism, occupation and apartheid.  Playing in Israel to honor your friend and former band member would be a decent act, but not when it comes at the expense of our people’s struggle for freedom, justice and equality."
BDS France asks Red Hot Chili Peppers, "Will this (wall) not give you nausea on stage?"