Gaza Kids to Ireland -Events and Fundraising

Gaza Kids to Ireland are finally coming!

This July, the kids from Al Helal under 14s football team are coming to Ireland to play football and meet you! Al-Helal’s clubhouse was damaged in the Israeli assaults of 2012 and 2014. It stands close to the beach, but the sea there is usually too polluted with sewage for the children to play in.

The children will play against teams from Dublin, Tipperary, Limerick and Antrim during their visit and will participate in family events. We want to show them some hospitality while they’re here so we hope you’ll come out to our events and support them.

If you eant to give some money to the project, please do so here:  Donate!

Or here:  Donate 1!

These are some upcoming events, please support and share. If you want to organise a fundraiser too that would be brilliant, please email us. And, as ever, please give our social media a twist, thanks! 

June 10th Art Auction 8pm Teachers’ Club, Dublin

 We have a number of brilliant paintings and some Palestinian ceramics to auction. It’s going to be great! All donations welcome. Email contact: maggiemae168@gmail.com

June 16th Quiz Night for Gaza Kids to Ireland. 9pm Bobby Byrne’s pub, Limerick

June 24th Table Quiz Fundraiser for Gaza Kids to Ireland  9pm Hibernian Inn, Nenagh, Tipperary

July 10th Garden Tea Party – Gaza Kids to Ireland 12-5pm 26 Nutley Avenue, Donnybrook, Dublin

Past Events

May 12th  Gaza Kids to Ireland Quiz Night

May 14th  Art Auction. Fundraising Event for the Al- Helal Children’s Football Team in Gaza to come to Ireland this summer

May 20th  Ballad Session Nenagh

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Email: infogazaactionireland@gmail.com

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Snapshots of Lesvos – Thoughts from the Sidelines in Fortress Europe

Some thoughts and pictures and feelings from a week in Lesvos where thousands of people arrive in search of refuge every day. Where people who have already travelled great distances, displaying courage and mountains of resilience, come ashore in little boats, mostly unsafe. Where rocky beaches have become the scene of the arrival of thousands of people on the move, coming in wet and often very scared.  This coastline and these waters have seen many, many deaths, much struggle and much survival.

It’s hard to talk about, seems a little easier to write about, but where to find the language for what you’ve witnessed? To describe it without appropriating it? To convey it and not to minimise one iota of it?  This is just a snapshot, just a week, a glimpse into what people are being forced into – privilege enables it to be just that for me.

What strikes most is the sheer numbers of people coming, people on the move, people in boats and walking, walking. These people have been victimised by capitalism, climate change,  war – western invasions, dictators, injustice BUT they are not victims, they are survivors with immense resilience and courage and if Fortress Europe opens itself up, we have so much to learn from them.

(Using the term ‘them’ makes me uncomfortable – I dont see people in such ways, but to do otherwise is to try to coopt experiences that aren’t mine)

Driving over the hills of the island, en route to pick up older people, kids, families to bring to the camps,  you’re driving past the groups of young men (they always end up bottom of the heap) and they are waving, smiling and flashing the peace sign – what great stuff we could all have if we opened the borders and just let people in, let them be, let us all be, together….

What is also striking is the absence of official structures and resources – this is criminal given the magnitude of this crisis, and it is an indictment of the EU governments. The  seeming randomness of volunteers doing their best to provide support is a shock to the system. But it is also brilliant and inspirational to see how much people can organise and cooperate to such a degree. And the reasons why –  because they reject the othering of our sisters and brothers on the move, reject the closing of borders and minds, and want to just hold out a hand in solidarity. It is beautiful and it is how it should be.

Although you meet people for a really brief time, it is quite intense, naturally given the circumstances. So there is much hugging and much kindness – it’s incredible how people on the move, even at their most vulnerable, can give so much. Since then, always wondering how they will fare, what awaits them in Europe, will they be welcomed, embraced as they should be… Where are they now? How are they getting on? Are they ok?

The absolute injustice being visited on so many has to end.

We need safe passage for all refugees as a minimum requirement, and we need to open the borders, stop the racism embrace each other, learn from each other, live with each other, love each other.

Oh yeah, and dismantle capitalism and the patriarchy…..Until then – no borders, one love.

The rest of my ramblings are below.

30 November

Solidarity and shared humanity. Amidst all the sadness and awfulness of the enforced displacement of so many people, there is much to fill your heart. The resilience, courage and dignity of the people on the move is extraordinary, it really is something. Much of the local population on the island is out helping, offering support and a welcome. There is incredible self-organisation among different people offering a helping hand, and among those on the move themselves. There is also so much friendship, some of it really passing and brief, but very real, some of it less fleeting but equally intense. When people are thrown together in the absence of governments, they manage pretty well even in tough circumstances. All this cooperation and common humanity – we can be together outside the war machine and the extremes of capitalism and it is good. No borders, no gods, no masters.

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29 November

Incongruity – the contrast of the beauty of this Greek island, so pretty and full of character, with what it has turned into – often a grave, a place of refuge, a place of hurt and hope- is stark and strange. For the local people it must be transformative, hopefully in positive ways, but definitely in profound ways. For the people on the move, it looks like it represents mainly relief – at having survived the sea crossing, at having reached Europe and the potential that offers (if it does). Maybe it’s just a hyper magnification of this world as we live it now -riven by inequality and strife – the close proximity of ‘normality’ and privilege to enforced displacement and extreme stress. Sometimes driving people from the boats to the camps, along the beautiful coastline, I just wished they could all stay there on this lovely island and not have to keep going on that grim walk to who knows what…but….

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28 November

Snapshots of Lesvos. Kindness – shared humanity. One of the main things you do on Lesvos is drive as many people as you can from where their boats come in to the first camp before they have to go for registering. On the second day we drove a lovely family from Afghanistan to Oxy camp – they were from Kabul and Kunduz. The young women were teachers and we laughed at having this in common and being in that van together. They asked us if we knew Afghanistan is unsafe and we said of course and talked about the US bombing of the hospital in Kunduz. They were planning to go to Germany and wondered if they would be accepted there. We hugged goodbye and we wished them luck – it’s an awful moment there as what we have in common ends at the camp because of privilege inequity… A minute later I was just going back to the van when one of the women ran up to me and gave me this nose ring – she had noticed I wear one. In the middle of what she and her family were going through she did that, such a beautiful act – it could break your heart.

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27 November

Snapshots of Lesvos. Privilege. And luck. We’ve got them. The privilege to choose to come here, to board planes, boats, buses at will. To choose the right shoes to wear for the rocks, the warm clothes to keep the wind out, the bed for the night. To choose.

To only have to deal with the ‘normal’ hurt that life can bring, sometimes hurt which is more than enough to bear but to not have massive violence piled on top of it. To not be displaced, uprooted, othered.

To not have to witness your homeland torn apart and destroyed by dictators, by imperialist attack, by crippling poverty, by climate change, until even your home is not safe, your future not possible, not there.

To not have to walk the world being exploited by the ruthless profiteers of misery, to not have to get on unsafe boats making perilous sea crossings while others get to board ferries. To not have to endure, to keep going, keep walking in the hope of something better, anything better.

To choose when to be on the move. To choose.

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26 November

On the move and on the road. When people get to Lesvos they have a lot of walking to do, on winding, dusty, rocky roads – up hills, along cliffsides, and long, very long. One of the main things volunteers can do is to drive as many people as possible to the camps. It’s a tiny part of their journey but it’s some of it at least and if you can do it together with warmth and solidarity, that’s a good thing. These roads are hard and scary to walk and also make for some very hairy driving. This will all worsen as the weather deteriorates. This can’t be allowed to continue. Open the borders.

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25 November

Ways of looking, ways of seeing. On Lesvos you look at the sea differently, you scrutinise it watching out for boats coming in – it’s an anxious looking, especially at night when the journey seems so much more frightening, so much lonelier. For the people preparing to get on the water, the alteration in perception must be so much more profound. For those on the water it must be near unbearable and the shore so goddamn important. For the people who’ve already made the perilous crossing and are waiting for loved ones, it has to be torture. How we see everything has to be altered by all this movement, and how our world is operated has to change. In the meantime, open the borders.

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24 November

Altered landscapes – the shoreline of the island is covered in piles of useless life jackets, there are clothes and shoes drying all along the water. It’s testament to the abject failure of all the systems we are supposed to hold up as somehow a model for others, for the ‘other’. The spoils of this rampant capitalist war machine are the visible remnants of people’s lives. It has to end and, in the meantime, open the borders.

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23 November

Some of the people we met on their journeys.
A Syrian woman whose 14 year old son made his own way to Germany, she hadn’t seen him in 8 months.
A man from Syria who when I asked where he and his family were heading said: we just want to be somewhere there’s no fighting.
A family from Kabul and Kunduz in Afghanistan who told us how dangerous it is and wondered: will Germany accept us?
An older Afghan woman devastated at having to leave. Her son said: my mother is just so sad.
A typical teenager on her phone all the time, just looking for a charger, not in the least interested in us smile emoticon Iraqi and Syrian lads talking football and nervous that we were trying to kill them with my driving and then trap them when the van door wouldn’t open!
Families travelling with very elderly relatives, people with disabilities.
As you drive along the road picking people up to drive to the camps, the walkers are waving and smiling. People exhibit so much warmth, strength and resilience even in the face of this exile and the unknown roads ahead. We have much to learn from them, if we open our hearts, our lives and of course the borders. One world.

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22 November

‘Modernity’ – this system of war and rampant capitalism is sending millions of people’s lives backwards. With all the means of transport available now, it is unthinkable that people are being forced to travel thousands of miles on foot, to cross seas in unsafe boats, wearing dangerous life jackets – at best to be met by volunteers, at worst by no one. War and poverty are not incidental to the system, they are inevitable and necessary for it to thrive. It has to end. And in the meantime OPEN THE BORDERS.

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21 November

HOME. I’ve got a place called home and so do most of the people I love. I’ve just come to this place on a plane, through airports, with no problems, because of my white person’s passport. No one is going to run or bomb me out of here, to make it impossible to be here. No one is going to force me across the world on foot, on boats, in danger and precarity. No one is going to hurt me and stop me finding a new home. This planet is for all of us, not some of us, it’s everyone’s home – let’s make it be that way.

18 November

On night shift on the hillsides looking out with torches and night goggles for boats coming in, obviously this journey is much more dangerous and frightening at night, in the dark, in the cold. Two boats came in in the last few hours, in darkness and it’s freezing. They weren’t expected so there weren’t many people around on the beach. Thankfully everyone seems *relatively* ok but, despite buses being organised and people ferrying them, there are still loads walking long, long ways to the camps, over mountains, along cliffsides and very dodgy roads. Pics also of Karatepe camp which is only for Syrian families, and the ‘best’ camp but still is a camp, and also is right beside a sewage treatment plant spewing out toxic fumes. Even though there is immense resilience and resourcefulness in the people on the move and people trying to give a hand, the situation is wrong, full stop. It is neither right nor sustainable that people on the move are being forced into these conditions and the enrichment of ruthless traffickers is being enabled, and that it is largely being left to volunteers to try to ease the path. Fortress Europe is an abomination that can’t be allowed to continue. ‪#‎openborders‬ .

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17 November

It’s difficult to find the words for what’s happening here in Lesvos and this is only one stage on people’s journeys. Yesterday boats were coming in full of cold, scared people – being handed a child off a boat by a terrified mum in the water – it’s beyond wrong that this is happening to people. Talking to a family from Afghanistan who had spent a month living in a forest in Turkey, they were on their way to Germany – hopefully and full of hope – will we be accepted there….? Jesus christ, I hope so. A woman trying to change her wet clothes up the side of a mountain, privacy is rare now. Huge walks for people up steep, steep hills. This is brutal, medieval – all the technology, the transport, everything that’s available and this is how people are forced to move. There is no dignity from Fortress Europe, it is shameful. But there is dignity and resilience in abundance in these people on the move – and much to learn. Travel safe and may you find safety and hope.

15 November

Shots of the shoreline in Lesvos today, fake life jackets sold at extortionate prices, one of the many used boats… Lots of people came in today and mercifully the weather is relatively calm at the moment so, while extremely dangerous and traumatic, it wasn’t fatal -today. It’s impossible to quantify the magnitude of what people are having to go through to reach Europe and to square that this is only one step on a massive journey. What’s behind them, what’s ahead of them and how can it be that so much human energy and incredible resourcefulness is spent in such ways? This cannot continue, we need to build a world where we are all safe in our homes and, on the way to that, we have to welcome, really welcome those who are not.

 

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alt-J Please Reconsider your Rendezvous with Apartheid

Dear alt-J,

Many principled musicians have taken a stand and cancelled their gigs in Israel. As Thurston Moore explained after he cancelled Israel earlier this year: “It was with serious deliberation that I eventually arrived at the personal conclusion that to perform with my band in Israel was in direct conflict to my values.”.

Thurston further clarified: “With the realization that a cultural and academic boycott is central to its purpose in exposing a reality of brutal human rights violations – including those accompanying Israel’s discriminatory laws and occupation of the West Bank – I felt the need, with humility, to cancel the engagement.”

Thurston and other conscientious musicians cancelled since Palestinians are denied the most basic of human rights that we take for granted and it is Palestinian civil society that is calling for the boycott. Large swathes of Palestinian land have been stolen and ethnically cleansed for the development and expansion of illegal Israeli settlements. Currently over 500,000 illegal settlers live in the West Bank in contravention of international law.

Palestinians are denied their right to freedom of movement. A vast web of checkpoints, roadblocks, walls and fences separates local villages and towns from each other, and sometimes even splits entire towns in half. Israeli settlers face no such restrictions, they travel on Jewish-only roads and live in Jewish-only settlements at the expense of Palestinians. This Israeli policy of segregation has had a devastating effect on the livelihoods and family life of millions of Palestinians. Those who resisted and protested South African apartheid now say Israel is guilty of apartheid in its treatment of Palestinians.

In Gaza, Israel’s aerial bombardment of its dense civilian population killed over 2000 Palestinians last summer; the vast majority of these were civilians, with 550 children murdered and thousands more injured. Over 100 thousand people have been left homeless. Similarly devastating massacres have occurred on two other recent occasions – in 2008-2009 and 2012. UN reports have found significant evidence of war crimes in these attacks including the use of white phosphorus – a chemical weapon, and the murder of unarmed civilians carrying white flags.

To make matters worse, virtually no building materials are available due to the ongoing Israeli siege of Gaza, which heavily restricts what commodities enter and leave the territory. It is reported that not one house has been properly repaired since the onslaught last summer.

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Palestinians also endure mass imprisonment. The Israeli military has detained around 750,000 Palestinians since 1967. The Israeli army tries prisoners – including minors – in closed and unaccountable military courts, denies them access to lawyers, tortures and abuses them, aimed at forced confessions resulting in a conviction rate for Palestinians of nearly 100%.

Further to the situation of the 4+ Million Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza, the 1.5 Million Palestinians having Israeli citizenship face racial discrimination enshrined in at least 50 Israeli laws that systematically, directly or indirectly, discriminate against them. There are also approximately 5 Million Palestinian refugees who are denied their right to return to their homes in Israel. In contrast, any Jewish person has the automatic right to settle in Israel (including in its illegal settlements), regardless of whether they have any personal historical connection to the land.

Palestinians have been building a non-violent grassroots response, calling for Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS). In particular, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) calls on artists not to perform in Israel until Palestinian basic rights are fully respected.

This Palestinian-led initiative, modelled on the boycott against apartheid South Africa, is supported by over 1,000 cultural figures in the UK alone and, like apartheid South Africa, the Israeli government fears BDS. The boycott has been respected by many musicians, including: Leftfield, the Killers, Thurston Moore, the Klaxons, Lauryn Hill, Roger Waters, Elvis Costello, Brian Eno, and others such as Stephen Hawking.

Israel is all too aware of the power that artists wield. Since 2006 it has been running an aggressive PR campaign that it calls ‘Brand Israel’, deliberately using all culture as propaganda. This campaign seeks to promote an image of the country as a peaceful, fun and vibrant liberal democracy, and obscure the violent and racist reality. The aim is to provide a ‘glittering screen’ to distract from the harsh realities of occupation, dispossession and wanton destruction.

Israeli promoters and propagandists for Israel tell musicians that art should not mix with politics and that artists do not play for the government (but merely entertain ordinary people).  This is well illustrated by Shaul Mizrachi the owner of popular Tel Aviv club Barby, which has experienced many cancellations by international musicians of conscience. In order to entice musicians to book and stop them from cancelling Mizrachi has been telling them that politics and music don’t mix. However, he exposed  the true political agenda in this video, merely viewing culture as a political tool to benefit Israel. In the video he speaks contemptuously about musicians who cancelled following the Israeli massacre of internationals on the flotilla with aid to Gaza. Indeed Israel has been using artists who breached the boycott, whether through their performances alone or also in photo opportunities with Netanyahu or even Israeli soldiers.

You face a choice – you can stand up for human rights and against oppression and injustice by respecting the Palestinian boycott call. Or you can allow yourself to be cynically used for whitewashing apartheid.

We hope that you will cancel your planned gigs in Israel on August 23 & 24 and refuse to entertain Israeli apartheid.

In Friendship

DPAI
Don’t Play Apartheid Israel

Gaza Action Ireland Statement on Freedom Flotilla 3

From Gaza Action Ireland (GAI)
Irish group condemns Israel’s attack on Freedom Flotilla 3, Calls for End to the Siege of Gaza

Gaza Action Ireland strongly condemns today’s attack by Israel on the ships of the Freedom Flotilla and calls for an end to the illegal, immoral siege of Gaza.

As the people of Gaza waited expectantly on the shores of the besieged enclave, and as the ships of Freedom Flotilla 3 sailed towards them in solidarity and to highlight the siege, Israeli forces boarded them and kidnapped the crews.

As with previous campaigns by human rights activists to reach Gaza by sea, Freedom Flotilla 3 had been sailing in international waters over which Israel has no sovereignty, making the latter’s interference in the boats an act of piracy. GAI commends the work of solidarity groups to continue to bravely highlight the siege of Gaza.

The 48 participants on board the flotilla from 17 countries include human rights activists, journalists, artists, and political figures,one of them a Palestinian Member of the Knesset. Members of our own organization have previously sailed with many of those aboard and were attacked, kidnapped and illegally held by Israel.

“We remember only too well the lengths Israel went to maintain its illegal siege of Gaza, from attacking ships, murdering nine people on the Mavi Marmara and imprisoning and deporting peace activists, as well as stealing our vessels, aid materials and equipment.” GAI coordinator Mags O’Brien said.

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The situation in Gaza has become increasingly grim and even before last summer’s murderous 51 day assault by Israel where more than 2,200 people, including more than 530 children were killed, NGOs and civil society were warning of extreme humanitarian disaster. Since then, almost no rebuilding has taken place with up to 100,000 people having spent the winter in makeshift tents, sleeping in schools and structurally unsound buildings.

The UN’s most recent inquiry into the situation on Gaza published earlier this month reports on massive emotional and psychological wounds felt by Palestinians as a result of the blockade and the most recent military assault on Gaza.

Israel and Egypt have maintained the blockade since 2007, increasing its intensity to unprecedented levels since the last major military assault on Gaza in the summer of 2014. Patients needing to travel outside the strip have died as a result of this closure, which amounts to forced imprisonment in the territory.

Zoe Lawlor, GAI coordinator, said, “We call on Israel to immediately lift the siege of Gaza, to allow all materials for reconstruction to enter and to cease its imprisonment of the Palestinians living there. We also call on the Irish government to cease its arms trade with Israel and to push for sanctions on that state until the latter ends its apartheid policies and daily violations of international law. It is an affront to humanity that Israel is not held accountable for the suffering it continues to inflict.”

Gaza Action Ireland, which grew out of the Irish Ship to Gaza initiative, is a solidarity group that organises civil-society contacts between Ireland and Palestinians in the Gaza strip. It is responsible for the Windows Into Gaza art exhibition that is currently touring Ireland, and it is planning to bring a team of young footballers from Gaza to play in Ireland in the coming year. In addition to artists and sports clubs, it has also forged links with fishermen, journalists, human-rights activists and providers of emergency services.
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From Besieged Gaza to Tricky: Show us solidarity, boycott Apartheid Israel -PACBI

21 February 2014

Dear Tricky, dear Adrian,

It grieves us to learn of your scheduled gig in Israel set for 26 February 2015, at a time when Israel continues unabated with its colonial and apartheid designs to further massacre, oppress, dispossess and ultimately violate our very basic rights as Palestinians.

In 1948, Israel ethnically cleansed the Palestinian people from their land in order to systematically form an exclusivist Jewish state (reference Ilan Pappe). It has since denied Palestinian refugees —constituting today more than 7 million people, which roughly corresponds to 70 percent of all living Palestinians who are scattered throughout the world and displaced inside their country— their internationally recognized right to return to their homes and their lands.

In 2004, inspired by the triumphant cultural boycott of apartheid South Africa, and supported by key Palestinian unions and cultural groups, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) issued a call for the academic and cultural boycott of Israeli institutions involved in Israel’s occupation and apartheid.  The movement calls for a boycott until “Israel withdraws from all the lands occupied in 1967, including East Jerusalem; removes all its colonies in those lands; agrees to United Nations resolutions relevant to the restitution of Palestinian refugees rights; and dismantles its system of apartheid.”  I wish, in my letter to you, to underscore the importance of this Palestinian call, urge you to cancel your appearance in Tel Aviv and stress the rationale for the global boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel.

In fact, I was struck —in a very powerful way— by reading the description on your web site of your latest single, My Palestine Girl:

My Palestine Girl is the album’s heaviest and most political track. A relationship with a Paris-based Palestinian inspired Tricky to think about the challenges of a relationship with someone who lived in Gaza. “Imagine if the love of your life was there,” he says. “It’s a political thing to divide and rule. I’ve been to Israel. The kids I met don’t hate Palestinians. It’s a political thing.”

Reading your words, I’ve decided to write you very shortly, partly about life in Gaza, and partly in the hopes that you will open communication with me as a Palestinian woman in Gaza. Here, in Gaza, where I have been living all my life, we have been subjected to a criminal, inhumane and immoral siege since 2006.  The siege is considered illegal as it represents a form of collective punishment, and entirely hampers the freedom of our movement and our access to the most life-saving services such as health and education. As part of this siege, Israel has prevented not only various types of medicines, candles, books, crayons, clothing, shoes, blankets, pasta, and chocolate, but also musical instruments. We are literally caged inside this overcrowded, tormented and strangulated enclave, and face a very tight Israeli security cordon that has sharply restricted our movement in and out — including even international solidarity activists and cultural figures who try to reach the 1.8 million Palestinians incarcerated in the world’s largest open-air prison. The future becomes unimaginable and hope is hard to maintain.  Could you sing for us in Gaza under these conditions, Tricky?  Would the Israelis allow us to attend your show?  The answer is an unequivocal no.

I have survived three Israeli assaults on Gaza between 2008 and 2014. Three of my relatives were martyred by Israel’s “precision-guided” missiles in the offensive of 2012. In the 51-day massacre in Gaza last summer, Israel ferociously slaughtered more than 2,300 people— wiping out entire families and leaving more than 1,500 of Gaza’s children orphaned — not to mention the hundreds of injured civilians who are now suffering long-life disabilities. 10,000 Gaza residents are still sleeping on the floors of United Nations-run schools. Many more mothers with their siblings are surviving the heavy winter storms in makeshift shelters or huddling in their bombed-out houses with no heating or running water. All told, 100,000 people remain homeless.

In the wake of this assault— just one latest episode of the long history of Israel’s atrocities— and to salvage its deteriorating image, Israel has redoubled its effort to “brand” itself as an enlightened liberal democracy. Arts and culture play a unique role in this branding campaign, as the presence of internationally acclaimed artists from the West is meant to affirm Israel’s membership in the West’s privileged club of “cultured,” liberal democracies. But it should not be business as normal with a state that routinely violates international law and basic human rights.

Your performance would certainly serve this Israeli campaign to rebrand itself and will be used as a publicity tool by the Israeli government. “It’s a political thing,” as you say.

Please don’t be persuaded by the argument that music builds bridges and can bring smiles to people’s faces, thus ultimately spreading peace! We hear no music here, but buzzing drones, bombs and F16! Again, “It’s a political thing”.  And this is why I am convinced of the importance of artists’ public stances backing the cultural boycott of Israel since it applies the continual pressure that’s needed. Many prominent international cultural figures and artists including John Berger, Ken Loach, Arundhati Roy, Roger Waters, Sting, Snoop Dog, among others, have also heeded our call and cancelled their participation in festivals or gigs in Israel. Recently,

1,000 influential British artists signed on to a cultural boycott of Israel. I wholeheartedly urge you not to turn a blind eye to the realities of Israeli apartheid and to heed our call for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel until it recognizes Palestinian rights and fully complies with international law.

As these words are penned, I have no electricity and the only source of light I have is that of the laptop screen. My heart is truly broken for all the undignified suffering we are witnessing and for being confined and unable to smell the air of freedom like other human beings. Our deprivation of our basic rights under the siege has not only been physical but also mental, cultural and psychological. Under a siege, life is reduced to existence or survival as we are dying slowly without medicine, adequate food and electricity and cooking gas. Culture stagnates as there are no resources and mental space for anything beyond the mundane—to engage in an artistic and cultural discussion is even a luxury for people living in Gaza.

Performing in Tel Aviv today is similar to performing in Apartheid South Africa’s Sun City.  If you are not convinced, I urge you to come and see for yourself if you are lucky enough for the Israelis to allow you into Gaza.  This is not about the kids in Israel; this is about the political and cultural institutions that you legitimize by performing there, and about the Palestinian kids (and people) whose voice you silence by ignoring their call for solidarity through boycott.

 

PLEASE think through Israel’s trespasses and say no to performing in Israel.

Yours Sincerely,
The Palestinian Campaign for the Cultural and Academic Boycott of Israel

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Tricky, Apartheid Israel is a Murder Weapon – Don’t Play

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Letter from DPAI (Don’t Play Apartheid Israel) Tricky: Cancel your apartheid Israel Gig, recognize BDS!

Letter from BDS France:  Lettre a Tricky: reconsider your planned concert in apartheid Israel

Tricky: Cancel your apartheid Israel Gig, recognize BDS!

Dear Tricky (Adrian Thaws),

We recently heard you and your band plan to play in Israel on 26 February this year.  Your planned gig comes a few months after Israel embarked on a murderous 50 day attack on the Palestinian people living in Gaza.  Israel’s misleadingly termed ‘Operation Protective Edge’ killed over 2,200 people (including over 510 children) and maimed 10,000 more, left thousands homeless and caused the obliteration of 89 entire families.   The devastation in Gaza is catastrophic and, as this is the third major assault on the Strip in just six years, has left the people there deeply traumatised. Israel also regularly kills Palestinians in the West Bank, imprisons thousands, including children, and carries out illegal home demolition as well as settlement building. There are more than 50 laws which discriminate against the Palestinian citizens of Israel, while those in the West Bank live under occupation, those in Gaza live under siege and constant attack, and the huge refugee population, spread all over the world, lives with the pain of exile and dispossession.

Would you perform for the oppressors in any state? Would you have performed in Sun City during the era of South African apartheid?  From EBONY magazine regarding Dream Defenders, formed in the aftermath of 17-year-old Trayvon Martin’s killing last year:
“Dream Defenders unanimously passed a resolution to support the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement in this interval [1].”
On 15 January, Dream Defenders visited Occupied Palestine and did a solidarity demonstration in support of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign called for by Palestinian civil society in 2005 [2].
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While you may be told that music is a way to build bridges, in fact your very presence will be used as an endorsement, whether given or not, of Israel’s policies. Indeed its official state social media sites regularly post about artists who breach the boycott, linking them to state policy – do you really want this?

 

Award winning author and BDS supporter David Sheen writes about Israel:
“Another type of racist assault that has become increasingly common in Israel is attacks on Africans. Incitement against the 50,000 non-Jewish Africans who have sought asylum in Israel in recent years, including top government officials comparing them to cancer and Ebola, has made them a popular target for racist ruffians in Tel Aviv. Locals report it is not uncommon for Israeli youths to throw dog feces at African mothers nursing their babies. In January, an Israeli man stabbed a one-year-old African baby in the head and later explained to police that he did it because “they said that a black baby, blacks in general, are terrorists [3].”

 

Tricky, we appeal to you to join many other artists of conscience, and respect the Palestinian-led call for a cultural boycott of Israel, to stand with the principle that justice -contingent on freedom and equality- must be present before peace is possible.

Please know that you will not be playing to a free audience in Israel, you will be playing to a segregated audience, one which Palestinians cannot be part of. Your audience enjoys its privilege at the expense of millions of incarcerated, occupied Indigenous Palestinian people, and also African refugees who are imprisoned in camps in Israel.

Israel is an apartheid state engaged in extreme discrimination against the Palestinian people. With so many years occupying and dehumanising the Palestinian people, Israel is an extremely racist society in which marches are common against the indigenous people and also immigrants seeking asylum.

Inspired by this Palestinian led struggle which has huge international support, many artists have refused to play in Israel, including over 500 Irish artists who have all signed a pledge to respect the boycott. [4] The choice to join them is yours, please do the right thing.

DPAI (Don’t Play Apartheid Israel)

We are a group, of over 1700, representing many countries 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.

DPAI Facebook page:

Tricky, Apartheid Israel is a Murder Weapon – Don’t Play

Tricky’s twitter is: @KnowleWestboy

NOTES

[1]http://www.ebony.com/news-views/dream-defenders-black-lives-matter-ferguson-reps-take-historic-trip-to-palestine#axzz3P0RYklDX]

[2] https://www.facebook.com/DreamDefenders/posts/664571190318530

[3] http://www.alternet.org/world/how-israel-covers-its-ugly-racial-holy-war

[4] http://www.ipsc.ie/press-releases/irish-artists-pledge-to-boycott-israel-reaches-500-signatures

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Cultural Boycott Highlights and Cultural Worker Support for Palestinians: A Summary of 2014

Cultural Boycott Highlights and Cultural Worker Support for Palestinians: A Summary of 2014

By Don’t Play Apartheid Israel (DPAI)

January 2014: Norwegian artist Moddi courageously cancels his planned concert in Israel and writes: “I have chosen to cancel my performance in Tel Aviv on February 1st. This is without comparison the most difficult decision I have ever made as an artist, and one that hurts almost as much as it feels right.  The reason for my decision is the situation in Israel and the areas it controls. Although music can be a unique arena for public debate, the debate over these territories has been misused for a long time [1].”

Jasiri X furthers the message about the boycott of Israel with his release of music video Checkpoint, rapping “Support BDS, don’t give a dime to the checkpoint [2].”

 MA
JULY: British band Massive Attack in
Palestinian refugee camp in Lebanon
support BDS (Getty Images).

 

French musician Titi Robin shows amazing solidarity with the Palestinian people, his cancellation of his planned Israel concert is particularly significant as he had performed there in the past.  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 [3].”

February 2014: Notable international cartoonists, including Siné, Tardi and Joe Sacco, mobilize against the presence of Sodastream at the International Festival of Comics in Angoulême, France. Ninety-nine cartoonists sign onto an open letter asking the organizers to join in the boycott of Sodastream [4].  Other famous names in contemporary comics that signed include Alison Bechdel (“Fun Home”), Kate Beaton (“Hark A Vagrant”), Ben Katchor (“The Jew of New York”), Peter Kuper (“Spy vs. Spy”), and Jaime Hernandez.

March 2014: People’s Books Co-op in Milwaukee, WI voted to join the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) movement against Israel. In support of the cultural boycott the PBC will not participate in any official Israeli celebrations or festivals and will decline offers to perform or speak in Israel [5].

Founders of Pink Floyd, Roger Waters and Nick Mason come together in support of the BDS movement, and they both urge all bands intending to play Israel to reconsider, pointing out that “Playing Israel now is the moral equivalent of playing Sun City at the height of South African apartheid; regardless of your intentions, crossing the picket line provides propaganda that the Israeli government will use in its attempts to whitewash the policies of its unjust and racist regime [6].” Waters has been a supporter of, and advocate for, the BDS movement for some years now.

Playing Israel today, in this time of ever increasing Palestinian solidarity, is a huge political statement. This tweet by the Associated Press is indicative of just how big BDS has become.

“@Beyonce won’t be heading to Israel for a concert. Her rep tells @APEntertainment that reports about Bey performing in Tel Aviv are false [7].”

 JD
OCTOBER: Bestselling Dominican-American author and Professor at MIT Junot Díaz endorses the cultural boycott of Israel.

 

Philosopher and activist Grace Lee Boggs and actor and activist Danny Glover denounce the inclusion of the film ‘American Revolutionary: the Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs’ in a government-sponsored Israeli film festival. In a strong statement they assert that:  “We stand in solidarity with the people of Palestine, and support their call for cultural and academic boycott of Israel.” This was sent to the Electronic Intifada and co-signed with ten other individuals involved with the award-winning documentary that focuses on the life and work of the 98-year-old Boggs [8].

NY band The Shondes write in agreement and support of the cultural boycott:  “We support the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Movement (BDS) because it pressures Israel to comply with international law: to end the illegal occupation, ensure refugees their right to return home, and guarantee full rights to Palestinian citizens of Israel [9].”

Over 100 artists and intellectuals — including Judith Butler, Lucy Lippard, Chantal Mouffe, Walid Raad, Martha Rosler, and Gayatri Spivak — observe the cultural boycott by signing on to a public letter calling on participants to withdraw from Creative Time’s travelling ‘Living as Form’ exhibition on the grounds that it is currently showing at an institution with a “central role in maintaining the unjust and illegal occupation of Palestine.” The missive came in response to revelations that the social practice exhibition curated by Nato Thompson had been touring in Israel for six months unbeknownst to participants, including its appearance at The Technion, a university in Haifa with extensive research-and-development links to the Israeli military and defense technology industry [10].

July 2014: Israel embarks on a violent attack on the people living in Gaza, which is held under illegal siege.  Israel’s misleadingly termed Operation Protective Edge, eventually kills over 2,200 people (including over 510 children).

After learning about the Palestinian-led call for boycott, divest and sanctions against Israel, US rapper Talib Kweli announced on twitter that he would respect BDS. Kweli was supposed to appear in an international hip-hop, funk and groove festival planned for mid-August in Israel [11].

According to Israeli media, Pearl Jam implicitly supports the cultural boycott. Lead singer Eddie Vedder of Pearl Jam effectively denounced Israel’s attacks on Palestinians (though without naming it) at a concert: “I swear to fucking god, there are people out there who are looking for a reason to kill. They’re looking for a reason to go across borders and take over land that doesn’t belong to them. They should get the fuck out, and mind their own fucking business.  We don’t want to give them our money. We don’t want to give them our taxes to drop bombs on children [12].” An article in Hebrew reports on the failure to bring Pearl Jam to Israel and implicitly concludes that  the reason the efforts failed was the boycott [13].

A huge coordinated effort was made to ask Neil young to cancel his planned gig in Israel.  Roger Waters is among those who contacted Young, stating “Woody Guthrie would turn in his grave!  Neil Young! [14]”  Speculation has been made that Young allowed Israel to manipulate the reasons for his cancellation.  Staging and fencing were never built for his gig in Tel Aviv, ticket refunds were made, and he did not state he would reschedule.

Numerous bands and festivals are cancelled as Israel’s offensive rages on, and Israel predictably makes the questionable claim that cancellations were made for security reasons.  BDS activists continue to urge all artists to respect the boycott.  Meanwhile, many artists support Palestinians on twitter [15].  Waka Flocka Flame and French Montana are two of many groups to tweet in support of Palestine.

Nobel Peace laureates Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Adolfo Peres Esquivel, Jody Williams, Mairead Maguire, Rigoberta Menchú and Betty Williams join with other notables to support a military embargo of Israel.  Other signatories include Noam Chomsky, Roger Waters, playwright Caryl Churchill, US rapper Boots Riley, João Antonio Felicio, the president of the International Trade Union Confederation, and Zwelinzima Vavi, the general secretary of the Confederation of South African Trade Unions. Such cooperation across a wide spectrum of people is significant [16].

Influential Ebony magazine publishes “Why Black people Must Stand With Palestine”, drawing parallels to injustices;  “Similar to the Palestinians’ call for people of conscience to boycott and divest from companies that support their oppression, we might call on people abroad to pressure an end to “the New Jim Crow”—mass incarceration [17].”

 Sinead.GAZA.LONDON
AUGUST: Sinéad O’Connor dons GAZA solidarity shirt during her London concert.

 

Irish singer Sinéad O’Connor cancels her show (planned for September), refusing the bow to pressure to play, and assuring her fans that she had not previously been aware of the cultural boycott [18]. During her August show in London, the singer puts on a t-shirt with GAZA written on it (see photo).

Cultural artists join over 21,000 people in signing on to a letter to David Cameron, demanding military sanctions against Israel.  Signatories include rock legend Peter Gabriel, Jemima Khan, Bobby Gillespie of Primal Scream, Robert Del Naja of Massive Attack, Brian Eno and Bryan Adams, the writers Will Self, Hanif Kureishi, Ahdaf Soueif, Esther Freud, Laura Bailey and William Dalrymple, and the actors David Morrissey, Maxine Peake and Alexei Sayle [19].

Brian Eno of Roxy Music fame takes an active role in the press, asserting that the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC): “… seems to regard Palestinian lives as less valuable, less newsworthy [20].”

Award-winning band and veteran political activists Massive Attack use their headline slot at Longitude Festival in Dublin, Ireland to highlight their solidarity with Palestinians in Gaza.  A lit-up message behind the performers said: “Gaza has been ocupied [sic] or under restrictions since 1948 [21].”

Going beyond outrage at Israel’s crimes against humanity, and vocally answering the call for BDS, artists come together in “Boycott Israel.”  Norwegian Don Martin, Immortal Technique, El Tipo Este of Cuban duo Obsesion, Parisian rapper Tonto Noiza, and Johannesburg-based Tumi Molekane inform listeners about BDS in different languages [22].

New York Times bestselling author Ayelet Waldman tweets support for BDS, saying  that although she is Israeli and she loves her country, and she formerly opposed BDS, she is ready to give BDS a chance [23].

The Hollywood Reporter, the largest publication covering the entertainment industry,  attempts to explain the widespread support by celebrities of Palestinians with “Why Young Hollywood is More Willing to Question Israel’s Policies [24].”

Multiple award winning singer Selena Gomez  tweets to what she calls #wearethenextgeneration to be that change, it’s about humanity, pray for Gaza.

[25] Her tweet stays on twitter.

Prominent Jewish people, Palestinians, and others stand for Palestine in a powerful video with Jonathan Demme (Academy Award), Gloria Steinem, Tony Kushner (Pulitzer Prize), Diana Buttu, Chuck D, Eve Ensler, Brian Eno, Roger Waters, Mira Nair (Academy Award), Wallace Shawn, Naomi Klein, Mira Nair, Raj Patel, Noura Erakat,  Alison Bechdel, Urvashi Vaid and many others [26].

The cultural boycott of Israel is the central topic of conversation, in speculations about the real reason why the Israeli dance troupe’s performance was nixed from the program at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe show [27].

Magic Johnson was slated to play basketball for 5000 Israeli armed forces soldiers during an inauguration for a newly opened arena. It was reported that the Jerusalem Municipality was surprised when he refused to participate in the event.

The Hollywood Reporter notes support for Palestinians again when Oscar winners Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem and Pedro Almodovar denounce Israeli genocide in an open letter, others who signed the letter include directors Montxo Armendariz and Benito Zambrano, along with actors Lola Herrera, Eduardo Noriega and Rosa Maria Sarda; and musicians Amaral and Nacho Campillo among others [28]. Their support also makes headlines in many large Spanish language publications such as Eldiario.es.

Video “La Palestine pleure de SANG” is released by SLM, a popular French rap duo, using images from Gaza to compelling music [29a].

Yaakov Shwekey, known for formerly playing for the Israeli military, cancels his planned concert in Israel [29aa].

Robert Del Naja and Grant Marshall of Massive Attack visit the Bourj el-Barajneh refugee camp in Lebanon (see photo), and speak of their ‘love and commitment’ to supporting the plight of young Palestinian refugees.  Del Naja asserts “it is important to bring attention to those Palestinians living in Lebanon since 1948: all the young people I met who weren’t born in Syria were born in Lebanon, and all of them are waiting to go home [29b].

Veteran American band Kansas backs out of a planned gig in Israel, no plans for a reschedule are firm, and full ticket refunds are given [29bb].

August 2014: The Irish artists’ pledge to support the cultural boycott of Israel reaches 500 signatures, a significant milestone for such a small country, and includes creative and performing artists residing all over the island of Ireland. Over 200 artists signed up due to Israel’s murderous attack on Gaza. [31]

Musician Anoushka Shankar, daughter of the acclaimed Ravi Shankar,  speaks out on Israel’s attack upon Gaza: “I can’t be silent.  It is genocide [32].” Shankar’s declaration is notable, in that she has previously bypassed the cultural boycott, playing in Israel.  Her choice to become an artist of conscience now is commendable.

In an enormous victory for BDS, the Tricycle Theater refuses to host the UK Jewish Film Festival citing Israeli sponsorship [32a].  In a huge turnaround, acclaimed Irish film director Lenny Abrahamson (former Israel supporter and defender of Israel’s attack on Lebanon) publicly announces:  “As a filmmaker of Jewish background I fully support the Tricycle’s position [32aa].”

Often teetering on one side or another, Russell Brand makes a case for BDS, calling for big businesses to pull funding from Israeli companies that facilitate the oppression of the people of Gaza [33]. His video goes viral.

Many more musicians continue to cancel their planned Israel gigs as August wears on and the damage to Gaza is publicized.

South Korean directors Park Chan-wook (Oldboy, Stoker, Joint Security Area) and Ryoo Seung-wan (The Berlin File, The Unjust) were among 100 public figures, along with academics, legal experts and religious figures to sign a petition and deliver it to the Israeli embassy in Seoul.  The petition refers to Israel’s actions in Gaza as a “civilian massacre” and calls on Israel to “stop immediately.” Elsewhere in the petition, the actions of Israel are described as a “war crime.” The governments of South Korea, Europe, and the US are asked to comply with what amounts to military sanctions against Israel [34].

Regarding Lana Del Rey’s cancellation, the Wondering Sound writes: “It’s a sad twist that Del Rey’s excellent new album is titled Ultraviolence, making her cancellation all the more tragically appropriate [35].”  When musicians reschedule Israel they are acting to support the Israeli state, regardless of whether intentional or not.

Jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard and saxophonist Marcus Strickland withdraw from the Red Sea Jazz Festival, an event sponsored by the Israeli government.

A group of high-profile political figures predominantly from Central America, South America and the Caribbean — including Bolivian President Evo Morales, US author Alice Walker, deposed Honduran President Manuel Zelaya (signed with his common name “Mel Zelaya”), former Cuban president Fidel Castro,Cuban musician Silvio Rodrígiuez, Uruguayan author Eduardo Galeano and others — sign onto a strongly worded statement of solidarity with the Palestinian people and support for BDS [36].

Numerous Norwegian actors sign a pointed statement endorsing the BDS movement, and insisting that the Norwegian National Theatre shall not be used to normalize Israel’s illegal actions.  Actors Siri Austeen, Camilla Eeg-Tverbakk, Chris Erichsen, Trine Falch and dozens more signed [37].

Throughout August, more celebrities tweet in support of Palestine and question Israel’s actions including Mia Farrow, John Legend and footballer Joey Barton.

G4S is the British-Danish firm which provides security services to checkpoints, prisons and interrogation centers in Israel.  When legendary musician Pete Wylie found out the city of Liverpool had been paying for services from G4S he argued: “I cannot condone or work with a council that sees fit to engage with G4S,” cancelling his appearance at the city’s International Music Festival in support of BDS [38].

Wylie’s move follows a wider campaign by local Palestine solidarity groups which has seen Liverpudlian writers, actors, musicians and other artists sign up to an open letter to the city council, criticizing its contracts with G4S.  Signatories to the letter — which refers to the “appalling misery and carnage in Palestine” — include authors Frank Cottrell Boyce, Alan Gibbons and Jimmy McGovern and actor and comedian and Alexei Sayle, alongside several dozen other artists [38].

Renowned comedian Bill Bailey has put his voice to a powerful new video calling for medical aid to Gaza [39].

The Society for Cinema and Media Studies – Middle East Caucus, writes an open letter endorsing BDS [40].

Bryan Adams, Grammy Award, Oscar Award (among many others) winning musician, uses twitter, “..and the Israeli blockade of #Gaza just entered its 8th year, leaving its 1.7 million inhabitants destitute [41].”

Renowned Algerian singer Souad Massi explains with conviction why she upholds the cultural boycott of Israel, though she had been offered bookings in Israel “time and time again [42].”

Acclaimed film director Ken Loach spoke at the Katrin Cartlidge Foundation Award Ceremony (Sarajevo film festival) honoring Palestinian directors Abdel Salam Shehadeh and Ashraf Mashharawi, and called for an “absolute boycott of all the cultural happenings supported by the Israeli state.” Referring to the boycott, he added “Israel must become a pariah state [43].”

The 20th Annual Film Festival in Bristol, England, publically refuses Israeli Embassy Funding in order to maintain a “neutral political status [44].”

“The oppression of one concerns that of all,” say the majority of artists and participants of the 31st São Paulo Bienal Art Exhibit, who refused to support the normalization of Israel’s ongoing occupation of the Palestinian people, “We believe Israeli state cultural funding directly contributes to maintaining, defending and whitewashing their violation of international law and human rights [45].”

Popular Lebanese singers use twitter to raise awareness to their fans about Gaza [46].

The Amsterdam “Spot on Israel” show fails to normalize Dutch relations with Israel during its sojourn with the “first lady of the Israeli Habima theater.”  Brave activists can be seen being assaulted and then arrested for protesting in a video that halts the small Israeli state funded show [47].

Many authors including Junot Díaz and Eliot Weinberger sign in agreement with the cultural boycott that: “ It is deeply regrettable that the Brooklyn Book Festival has chosen to accept funding from the Israeli government just weeks after Israel’s bloody 50-day assault on the Gaza Strip, which left over 2100 Palestinians – including 500 children – dead, displaced a fourth of the population, destroyed homes, schools, and hospitals, and involved numerous potential war crimes [48].

Author and academic Marcelo Svirsky sets off on his Walk for BDS from Sydney to Canberra, a distance of 287 kms. He is feted by well-wishers from Sydney University Staff for BDS [49].

Concerts benefiting Gaza with financial contributions take place worldwide, too numerous to list here.

The Swiss Federal Council is called upon by over 640 Swiss swiss artists and cultural actors to suspend military cooperation with Israel, including canceling a recent order of Elbit H-900 military drones, which were tested in Gaza and would are intended to be used by the Swiss intelligence to monitor Switzerland’s own population [50].

September 2014: Notable international artists donate their work to create a series of compelling posters for Gaza [29].

Golden Globe and Academy Award winner Asghar Farhadi joins with Nasrin Sotoudeh to create a campaign titled “stop killing” to address the massacre in Gaza.  Farhadi  is considered by Time magazine (2012) to be one of the top 100 most influential people in the world [30].

October 2014: The Beach Boys don’t specify a reason, however they cancelled their planned gig in Israel as reported in Haa’retz and many other media outlets [51].

Israel especially singles out international film festivals as targets for rebranding attempts, often assigning local Israeli embassies as financial sponsors of festivals.  In Belgium, the Brussels Jewish Film Festival was not exempt from this effort.  The Union of Progressive Jews of Belgium (UPJB) boldly protested this by withdrawing both their participation and their sponsorship from the Brussels Jewish Film Festival [52].

New York Times bestselling author Junot Díaz (see photo), who received a Pulitzer Prize for his novel ‘The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao’ and won the prestigious MacArthur “Genius Grant,” endorsed the United States Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI). Diaz asserts: “If there exists a moral arc to the universe, then Palestine will eventually be free. But that promised day will never arrive unless we, the  justice-minded peoples of our world, fight to end the cruel blight of the Israeli occupation [53].”

Hip hop superstar Chuck D, of the groundbreaking group Public Enemy, also signaled his endorsement of USACBI [53].

Mira Nair reaffirms her strong support for the cultural boycott by joining numerous other artists in an open letter asking the World Music Institute (New York) not to present Israeli propagandist Idan Raichel [54].

 

 

NOTES

[1] ttp://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/moddi-cancels-tel-aviv-gig-after-appeal-gaza

[2]http://mondoweiss.net/2014/01/video-checkpoint-jasiri

[3] In the French Press:

http://www.lecourrierdelatlas.com/663418022014Titi-Robin-renonce-a-jouer-a-Jerusalem.html

[4] http://www.peoplesbookscoop.org/?page_id=1333

[5] http://www.peoplesbookscoop.org/?page_id=1333

[6] http://www.salon.com/2014/05/01/pink_floyds_roger_waters_and_nick_mason_why_rolling_stones_shouldnt_play_in_israel/

[7] http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/beyonce-denies-shes-going-israel

[8] http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/grace-lee-boggs-danny-glover-object-film-screening-tel-aviv

[9] http://www.tikkun.org/tikkundaily/2014/05/29/an-open-letter-from-the-shondes/?utm

[10] http://hyperallergic.com/131497/over-100-artists-and-intellectuals-call-for-withdrawal-from-creative-time-exhibition/

[11] http://www.kadaitcha.com/2014/07/03/talib-kweli-solidarity-with-those-who-live-it-is-a-stronger-statement/

[12] At 5:22

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4ukBCCyczA#t=244

[13] In Hebrew http://www.mako.co.il/music-news/world/Article-5ee5eaf4a3c2741006.htm

[14] http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/jul/14/neil-young-crazy-horse-israel-concert-gaza-conflict

[15] http://www.salon.com/2014/07/31/tweet_and_delete_on_gaza_celebrity_courage_and_cowardice_over_social_media/

[16] http://www.bdsmovement.net/2014/nobel-celebrities-call-for-military-embargo-12316#sthash.iwrtjr3q.dpuf

[17] http://www.ebony.com/news-views/why-black-people-must-stand-with-palestine-402#axzz37pFwSTIv

[18] http://www.hotpress.com/Sinead-OConnor/news/Sinad-OConnor-I-wont-play-in-Israel/11954250.html

http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/reviews/sinead-oconnor-london-roundhouse-gig-review-gaza-robin-williams-its-all-here-from-a-singer-who-refuses-to-skirt-issues-9667054.html

[19] http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/amena-saleem/rock-stars-peter-gabriel-and-bobby-gillespie-urge-arms-embargo-israel

[20] http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/amena-saleem/brian-eno-joins-criticism-bbcs-bias-against-palestinians

[21] http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/massive-attack-makes-gaza-statement-using-headline-stage-at-longitude-festival-9622836.html

[22] http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/alexander-billet/watch-global-hip-hop-call-israel-boycott

[23] https://storify.com/jvplive/celebrities-speak-out-on-gaza

[24] http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/why-young-hollywood-is-more-721353

[25] http://www.buzzfeed.com/miriamberger/selena-gomez-instagrammed-a-picture-in-support-of-palestinia

[26] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pxDYiBls99w

[27] http://www.scotsman.com/lifestyle/arts/news/edinburgh-fringe-second-israel-funded-show-pulled-1-3498490

[28] http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/penelope-cruz-javier-bardem-denounce-721894?mobile_redirect=false

[29a] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtxSZOtDN3s

[29aa] https://twitter.com/MrPeeZee/status/493480856426512385

[29b] http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/massive-attack-visit-palestinian-refugees-in-lebanon-all-of-them-have-a-right-to-a-life-of-dignity-and-beauty-9635645.html

[29bb] http://www.timesofisrael.com/promoters-hold-out-hope-for-some-culture-this-summer/

[29] http://www.humaginaire.net/

[30] http://keyhani.blog.lemonde.fr/2014/07/17/iran-asghar-farhadi-et-nassrin-sotoudeh-se-mobilisent-contre-le-massacre-a-gaza/

[31] http://www.ipsc.ie/press-releases/irish-artists-pledge-to-boycott-israel-reaches-500-signatures

[32] http://mondoweiss.net/2014/08/genocide-anoushka-shankar

[32a] http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/121157/tricycle-theatre-refuses-host-uk-jewish-film-festival-over-israeli-sponsorship

[32aa] http://www.irishtimes.com/news/ireland/irish-news/irish-director-backs-festival-boycott-over-israeli-sponsorship-1.1890360#.U-QE_lvBMPU.twitter

[33] http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/russell-brand-calls-for-israel-boycott-comedian-urges-big-businesses-that-facilitate-the-oppression-of-people-in-gaza-to-pull-funding-9668147.html?kdk

[34] http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/korean-filmmakers-sign-gaza-petition-723383

[35] http://www.wonderingsound.com/news/lana-del-rey-postpones-tel-aviv-israel-concert/

[36]  http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/jimmy-johnson/fidel-castro-alice-walker-bolivian-president-condemn-israel-join-latin-american

[37] In Norweigan http://www.underskrift.no/vis.asp?Kampanje=5192

[38] http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/sarah-irving/musicians-condemn-liverpool-councils-g4s-link-citing-abuse-against-palestinians

[39]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rXyoEM5_jAo#t=40

[40] http://mecstatement.wordpress.com/

[41] https://twitter.com/bryanadams/status/501867732875624449

[42] http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/5/33/108885/Arts–Culture/Music/I-have-the-right-not-to-perform-in-a-country-which.aspx

[43]http://www.screendaily.com/news/ken-loach-calls-for-israel-boycott/5076553.article?blocktitle=LATEST-FILM-NEWS&contentID=40562

[44] http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-bristol-28981867

[45] http://news.artnet.com/art-world/artists-call-on-bienal-de-sao-paulo-to-reject-israeli-funds-updated-88974

[46] http://en.bellebeirut.com/behind-beirut/lebanese-singers-tweet-support-gaza/

[47] http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/video-activists-assaulted-arrested-protesting-israeli-theater-amsterdam

[48] http://adalahny.org/adalah-web-action/1194/open-letter-brooklyn-book-festival-re-israeli-sponsorship

[49] http://mondoweiss.net/2014/10/marcelo-svirskys-palestine

[50] http://www.lecourrier.ch/declaration2014 and http://www.bds-info.ch/index.php/fr/home-fr/158-bds-fr/campagnes/bds-suisse/boycott-culturel-academique/921-640-swiss-artists-demand-that-the-swiss-federal-council-suspend-military-cooperation-with-israel

[51] http://www.haaretz.com/life/music-theater/1.621971

[52] http://www.upjb.be/communiques/article/l-upjb-ne-participera-pas-au-brussels-jewish

and http://www.kadaitcha.com/2014/10/23/international-cultural-venues-encouraged-to-boycott-israeli-government-funding/

[53] http://www.usacbi.org/2014/10/artists-and-intellectuals-including-junot-diaz-chuck-d-and-boots-riley-call-for-boycott-and-divestment-from-israel/

[54] http://adalahny.org/adalah-web-action/1202/open-letter-world-music-institute-do-not-present-idan-raichel

Reblogged from: http://refrainplayingisrael.blogspot.ie/2015/01/cultural-boycott-highlights-and.html

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