Sunday, January 13, 2013

DJ Hardwell: Don't Play in Apartheid Israel

Join in signing the petition asking DJ Hardwell to stand on the side of justice and human rights. A newly formed group titled Trance Addicts Against Israeli Apartheid has formed, dedicated to the advocacy and promotion of a trance music boycott of Israel.

Dear DJ Hardwell,
 Dutch DJ Hardwell is ranked #6 globally. 
Through our shared passion of trance music and human rights, we are writing to ask you to cancel your January 17 concert date in Tel Aviv, and to avoid booking further concerts in Israel until Israel has ended its occupation, colonization and oppression of Palestinian people, and recognises their right guaranteed by international law to return to their lands. Palestinians want equality and all their just rights.

As you may know Roger Waters, Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello, The Pixies, Leftfield, Klaxons, the late Gil Scott-Heron and many other performing artists have chosen to respect the boycott of Israel.

500 Montreal-based artists, including Arcade Fire musician Richard Reed Parry, signed a statement condemning Israeli apartheid.

Palestinian children have their homes invaded, and sometimes even demolished indiscriminately through Israeli military operations.

Music cannot be isolated from politics. A visit to Israel, particularly now, is viewed by Israel, and internationally, as implicit support for brutal Israeli policies and indifference to the victims of Israeli crimes against humanity and war crimes. A performance in Israel, regardless of intentions, helps Israel cover up its violations of international law, particularly its criminal siege of 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza and its recent illegal bloody attack on humanitarian relief ships carrying hundreds of international human rights activists, and killing nine aid workers.

When Elvis Costello cancelled two events in Israel, he explained, “One lives in hope that music is more than mere noise, filling up idle time, whether intending to elate or lament. Then there are occasions when merely having your name added to a concert schedule may be interpreted as a political act that resonates more than anything that might be sung and it may be assumed that one has no mind for the suffering of the innocent.”

Musicians who think that their concerts in Israel serve somehow to promote peace might consider that the criminal activities of the Israeli government have not diminished in the last ten or twenty years. Rather, acts of criminality have only increased.

We all saw Israel’s assault on Gaza (Operation Cast Lead) in the winter of 2008-09, which killed more than 1,400 Palestinians and injured thousands more.

Last November Israel launched its largest military assault on the Gaza Strip since Operation Cast Lead. During the eight consecutive days of bombing and shelling, approximately 170 Palestinians were killed, including more than 100 Palestinian civilians, and approximately 1,400 Palestinians were injured. Many of those attacked, murdered and maimed  by Israel were women and children, and for children particularly, the trauma is ongoing.

In response to Israel's Freedom Flotilla massacre, the prominent Scottish writer, Iain Banks, wrote in the Guardian that the best way for international artists, writers and academics to “convince Israel of its moral degradation and ethical isolation” is “simply by having nothing more to do with this outlaw state.”

We urge you not to allow your music and talent to be used to whitewash the crimes of this outlaw state.

When American indie rocker Devendra Banhart cancelled his performance in Israel, he said, “it seems that we are being used to support views that are not our own.”

Likewise, your performance in Israel will be seen as a form of badly needed support for its system of repression in the face of increasing international isolation. Please do not allow your music to be used to whitewash repression and apartheid.

We look forward to your response.
Sincerely yours,

Trance Addicts Against Israeli Apartheid
We are a newly formed group dedicated to the advocacy and promotion of a trance music boycott of Israel.

BDS Amsterdam

Youth for Palestine - Netherlands

Don't Play Apartheid Israel
We are a group, of over 1000 members, representing many nations 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.