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Wed Nov 18, 2015, 06:34 PM

 

‘I endorse the cultural boycott of Israel’: Prominent artists support New York-based campaign...

http://mondoweiss.net/2015/11/cultural-prominent-campaign

A new video released by Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel features eight leading artists stating, “I endorse the cultural boycott of Israel.” The artists include Tony-nominated stage and television actress Kathleen Chalfant; musician Roger Waters, a founding member of Pink Floyd; musicians Kyp Malone and Tunde Adebimpe of TV on the Radio; musicians Kool A.D and Tamar-kali; artist and author of Drawing Blood, Molly Crabapple; and visual artist Swoon.

The movement for a global boycott of Israel — launched by a coalition of over 170 Palestinian trade unions, political parties and human rights groups in order to advance their movement for freedom, justice and equality — has steadily gained support worldwide over the last decade. The video was released by Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel and is accompanied by an appeal for more cultural workers to pledge their support for the boycott of Israel.

When asked why she participated in the video, Kathleen Chalfant said: “The Israeli government and army restrict the freedom of Palestinian cultural workers almost daily. A growing movement for the cultural boycott of Israel helps to amplify the voices of Palestinian artists who are struggling under occupation, and will help to pressure Israel to respect the rights of Palestinian artists, and of all Palestinians.”

The Israeli government launched a Brand Israel public relations campaign in 2006, which attempts to use art and music to distract attention from Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights. Nonetheless, a growing number of artists have declined to perform or participate in cultural events in Israel or with institutions complicit with Israeli rights abuses, including Ms. Lauryn Hill, Roger Waters, Elvis Costello, Santana, Talib Kweli, the late Gil Scott Heron, Cassandra Wilson, Cat Power,Stevie Wonder, Mira Nair, Ken Loach, Alice Walker, Mike Leigh,Arundhati Roy, and Jean Luc Godard.





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Reply ‘I endorse the cultural boycott of Israel’: Prominent artists support New York-based campaign... (Original post)
R. Daneel Olivaw Nov 2015 OP
Little Tich Nov 2015 #1
King_David Nov 2015 #2
Fozzledick Nov 2015 #3
King_David Nov 2015 #4
R. Daneel Olivaw Nov 2015 #5

Response to R. Daneel Olivaw (Original post)

Thu Nov 19, 2015, 02:20 AM

1. I'm personally not in favor of a cultural boycott of Israel.

A cultural boycott of Israel is too vague and there are things and people Israeli who don't really deserve to be boycotted. Besides, it's a slippery slope towards anti-Semitism, and I'm strongly opposed to all expressions of anti-Semitism, even when done by mistake.

I can't see anything wrong with artists choosing not to perform in Israel - that's really up to them. But taking it a few steps further by going after artists and performers mainly because they're Jewish?

Nope.

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Response to Little Tich (Reply #1)

Thu Nov 19, 2015, 07:04 AM

2. "Prominent artists ". ?

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Response to King_David (Reply #2)

Thu Nov 19, 2015, 01:30 PM

3. Roger Waters and a handful of unknown wannabees, again.

SSDD

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Response to Fozzledick (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 19, 2015, 03:07 PM

4. Roger Waters is obsessed ...

The others nobody ever heard of.

And it comes from Mondoweiss- which is considered a hate site by many people-

Mondoweiss has bad mouthed Hillary as well as Bernie and praised Anne Coulter , yet one poster continues to post this suspect site here...

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Response to King_David (Reply #4)

Thu Nov 19, 2015, 06:07 PM

5. And yet one poster continues to spread disinformation about Mondoweiss...

 



Curious.

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