Friday, May 24, 2013

Richard Bona will not Play Apartheid Israel June 25, 26, 27

by DPAI (UK, Australia, Ireland, USA)
We welcome the significant news that Richard Bona has cancelled his plans to return to apartheid Israel and perform three concerts with no mention made that he plans to reschedule.
Bona played in Israel last year, despite being asked by activists to cancel.  Bona reportedly is working with Stevie Wonder, who cancelled plans to perform at a Los Angeles fundraiser for the IOF (Israeli Occupation Forces) last December.  

World of Jazz Increasingly Respects Boycott of Israel

Increasingly, musicians of conscience from all over the world are choosing to respect the cultural boycott of Israel.  

Recently, Portico Quartet cancelled their plans to play in Israel and made a public statement in favor of the boycott. Stanley Jordan and  Andreas Öberg of Sweden also cancelled, after becoming aware of the boycott.  Last year, Cassandra Wilson was due to headline the Women’s Festival in Holon, Israel and took a public political stand just before she was due to board a plane to Tel Aviv, saying "I identify with the cultural boycott of Israel."  Tuba Skinny refused to perform at the Israel Government-sponsored Red Sea Jazz Festival, cancelling their concert only a few days prior to their scheduled gig.  Latin jazz great Eddie Palmieri of Puerto Rico and jazz musician Jason Moran of Houston followed Tuba Skinny, and also cancelled their appearances at the Red Sea Jazz Festival.

Earlier this month, esteemed professor and Physicist Stephen Hawking joined the academic boycott of Israel. News of his decision to pull out of a conference hosted by president Shimon Peres in protest of the treatment of Palestinians made headlines all over the world.

Omar Barghouti, founding committee member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) wrote in The National

Given his unparalleled standing among world academics, Stephen Hawking's recent decision to support the boycott propelled the BDS once again to the centre of public opinion. It is one of the starkest indicators yet that the tide is changing, even in the western mainstream, against Israel's occupation, colonisation and apartheid and that BDS is fast reaching its South Africa moment of maturity and impact.
Desmond Tutu, Ahmed Kathrada, Roger Waters, Naomi Klein, Alice Walker, Judith Butler, John Berger, Aijaz Ahmed and now Prof Hawking have all reached the conclusion that, like South Africa's, Israel's system of oppression cannot be brought to an end without ending international complicity and intensifying global solidarity, particularly in the form of BDS.
Rooted in a decades-long tradition of Palestinian Arab popular resistance against settler colonialism, and inspired by the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, the BDS movement for Palestinian rights takes to heart the words of Archbishop Tutu: "We do not want our chains comfortable. We want them removed."