Seeing the decision by the ICC not to pursue Israel for war crimes committed in Gaza in 2008/09, it is again clear that the ‘international community’ and most of its organs have no interest in any action that might disturb Israel’s hegemony and impunity. They said nothing while over 1,400 people were slaughtered in Gaza in just 22 days, thousands more maimed, made homeless, and they have waited three years to announce that they can now not seek justice for those people. It is an outrage, they have deemed Palestine not to be a state, have they also deemed the Palestinians not to be people? War crimes against them not to be worthy of prosecution?
Meanwhile Netanyahu is trying to ‘legalise’ more illegal colonies, the Bedouin people are being ethnically cleansed from the Negev and children burn to death in Gaza because of powercuts caused by the barbaric siege.
In the face of all this illegality, brutality and abject support for Israel by the US, the UK, the EU – Palestinian civil society leads the way in resisting apartheid and international solidarity suppports it. The BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement is a core part of this resistance and its importance is growing and is more and more necessary. As apartheid South Africa was subject to an international boycott, so must Israel be until there is justice for Palestine. A major part of BDS is the cultural boycott and there is much focus on musicians scheduled to play in Israel.
Don’t Play Apartheid Israel (DPAI) has created the following BDS pages calling on artists not to play apartheid Israel, asking them to say no to normalisation, no to appropriation of culture, no to occupation, ethnic cleansing and war crimes. The more people who ‘like’ these pages, the more weight they have with the artists and the greater the possibility of them cancelling. The global solidarity movement for Palestine is huge, let’s show our strength and our numbers and let artists know that no-one should play for apartheid and everyone should stand for justice for the Palestinian people.
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BDS all the way!