As Palestinians in Gaza are completely locked down under an illegal Israeli siege also increasingly enforced by Egypt, their lifeline – the tunnels destroyed, people stopped from moving in or out; as the Bedouin of the Negev face mass ethnic cleansing; as the residents of Jerusalem face ever more attempts to remove them from their home city; as the Palestinians in the West Bank are subjected to ever more Israeli military and settler violence, more land theft, more home destruction; as thousands languish in occupation prisons; Eric Burdon of the animals has seen fit to cross the picket line, to ignore the call to boycott and to play for apartheid Israel.
Not only is he refusing to listen to the voice of the oppressed,
I think the artists who talk about “peace” and lecture to the oppressed are so much worse than the one who just go because they love apartheid Israel or money or both. Somehow the latter aren’t as bad as the ones bullshitting about “peace” while they trample on the Palestinian call for solidarity.
Although there are still artists who choose not to stand against injustice, there are many more who choose not to play for apartheid, to stand with the Palestinian people. And no artist can play Israel without being made aware of the situation, without campaigns and appeals to their conscience – the BDS movement is growing and it is unstoppable.
Boycott apartheid Israel, get active for Palestine. BDS.