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To Shakira From Gaza: Dont Sing for Israels Apartheid, Stand With Us

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We address you as a singer and musician of Arab descent, to stand with us and heed our call to not entertain the soldiers out of uniform in a Tel Aviv concert, while we in Gaza continue to be massacred


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fly bird (26)
Sunday May 27, 2018, 9:57 pm
To Shakira From Gaza: ‘Don’t Sing for Israel’s Apartheid, Stand With Us’

23 MAY, 2018

Open letter asking Shakira not to go ahead with her concert in Israel

Dear Shakira,

Besieged Gaza, Palestine--We are the imprisoned in Gaza. We are cultural workers, academics, students in the Gaza Strip, limited by Israel to 3 hours of electricity a day, most of us unable to leave, surrounded by Israel's navy, army and drones and F16s in our skies. We have called for international solidarity, for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions of the Israeli regime that has just murdered over a hundred protesters over the last week here in Gaza, the largest open-air prison in the world.

We address you as a singer and musician of Arab descent, to stand with us and heed our call to not entertain the soldiers out of uniform in a Tel Aviv concert, while we in Gaza continue to be massacred, continue to be shot, standing on our land, demanding our freedom, demanding our right to walk to our own homeland without Israeli bullets meeting us as we protest peacefully. As we marched last month with our flags, they shot over 500 of us in the head or neck. They used “dumdum” expanding bullets that blew apart our limbs causing 27 amputations. We were standing alone against the most powerful army in the Middle East, who for decades have inflicted on us the longest running military occupation in modern history. Will you now sing for them?

We are not asking for much. We are asking you to say no; no to incessant bombing of our houses, schools, hospitals, mosques; no to the trauma and suffocation of Israel's 11-year-long medieval siege of Gaza that has been condemned by all main-stream Human Rights organizations as a form of collective punishment; no to Israel's endless humiliation of our men, women and children trying to get to work or school or family through the hundreds of Israeli checkpoints across the West Bank and Jerusalem, our capital that Donald Trump and America are trying to hand over to Israel, in violation of International Law, while they deny us even the chance to visit and pray there. We, the Palestinians of Gaza, are facing tyranny every day of our lives.


Would you have sung for the Apartheid regime in South Africa as the oppressed blacks there also called for boycotts of their Tyranny, while Mandela was imprisoned and native South Africans were confined to their prisons in the infamous Bantustans? Bantustans in which we are also now imprisoned? Are you aware of the fact that we will not be allowed to attend your Tel Aviv concert? Would you have agreed to sing for white-only audiences in Sun City?

You are of Lebanese descent. Do you know how Israel treats Arabs who don't happen to be superstar musicians? How much they would use your performance to improve "brand Israel," the propaganda that attempts to disguise Israel's ongoing racist policies of ethnic cleansing because we were born Palestinian? What will it take? The fact that during the siege Israel denied us musical instruments from entering Gaza? The fact that they murdered 2200 of us in 50 days in 2014 including 500 children? Or 180 of us in a week in 2012? Or 1400 of us in 3 weeks over the new year of 2009? 330 children killed then who could sing and play and dream just like you did as a child?

You sang for the World Cup in South Africa and so you will have been acquainted with the history of their fight against racist oppression and nationalistic bigotry. We believe you know our situation in Gaza and the rest of Palestine. We know that if you don't perform in Israel it would send a very big message to the world that as the anti-apartheid icon Desmond Tutu says, “it can no longer be business as usual” with Israel's Apartheid regime, in the same way people did not sing in South Africa when he and others were denied their freedom.

You can offer something for the people of Palestine in general, and Palestinians in Gaza in particular, something small they can hope for when they have been massacred, turned out of their homes, villages and communities, bombed, shelled, tortured and imprisoned, denied their history and culture and most recently shot and maimed in their thousands during the last 6 weeks of protests at the Great March of Return.

We hope that you don't forget us and heed our calls from Gaza and the rest of Palestine to not perform for Apartheid Israel's brutal regime, and to stand with us until we have our freedom.

Signed by:

Great March of Return—Steering Committee

The Palestinian General Federation of Trade Unions

University Teachers’ Association

Palestinian Students’ Campaign for the Academic Boycott of Israel

The One Democratic State Group

Voices Against Israeli Apartheid

fly bird (26)
Sunday May 27, 2018, 9:58 pm
To Shakira from Gaza: Don’t Sing for Israel’s Apartheid, Stand With Us

fly bird (26)
Sunday May 27, 2018, 10:01 pm
Palestinian Cultural Institutions to Shakira: Whenever, Wherever Music Covers Up War Crimes, It Is Just Wrong!

May 24, 2018

Dozens of Palestinian cultural organizations and local administrations urge Grammy Award-winning pop star and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira to cancel her show in Israel.

A message to Shakira from Palestinian Cultural Institutions

Occupied Palestine, 24 May 2018

Dear Shakira,

We, Palestinian cultural institutions operating in the occupied Palestinian territory and in exile and Palestinian municipalities, appeal to you to cancel your performance in Tel Aviv, scheduled for 9 July 2018. Performing in an apartheid state, whether South Africa in the past or Israel today, in defiance of the voices of the oppressed always undermines the popular struggle of the oppressed to end oppression. Doing so on the heels of a full-fledged Israeli massacre against our people in Gaza is a morally reprehensible whitewash of the crime.

In its attempt to suppress overwhelmingly peaceful mass demonstrations by tens of thousands of Palestinians in Gaza, striving for freedom and their UN-stipulated rights, Israel has implemented what Amnesty International describes as a shoot-to-kill-or-maim policy. As a result, more than 100 Palestinian civilians have been killed since March 30th and more than 10,000 injured, many by live ammunition. The UN has called for an independent investigation into Israel’s “unlawful, calculated killings” in Gaza.

As a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador, does it concern you that at least 12 Palestinian children have been slaughtered by Israel’s military in these peaceful demonstrations, including the 8-month-old Laila Ghandour, who was asphyxiated by Israeli tear gas dropped on her family more than 1 kilometer away from the fence?

Will you have any pangs of conscience if you perform in Tel Aviv while some 60 kilometers away 2 million Palestinians are caged by Israel in Gaza which, the UN says, could become uninhabitable by 2020, mainly due to Israel’s ongoing illegal blockade?

Does it bother you that a recent World Health Organisation report found that 54 Palestinians died in 2017, mostly cancer patients, while waiting for Israeli permits to leave Gaza for medical treatment?

In 2010, opposing a performance by a South African group in Tel Aviv, anti-apartheid leader Archbishop Desmond Tutu stated: “Just as we said during apartheid that it was inappropriate for international artists to perform in South Africa in a society founded on discriminatory laws and racial exclusivity, so it would be wrong for Cape Town Opera to perform in Israel.”

Major performances by international artists like you are regularly and openly endorsed by the Israeli government, which uses them to art-wash Israel’s decades-old oppression of Palestinians.

While Israeli leaders will welcome your show, it will contribute to covering up Israel’s brutal and systematic attacks on Palestinian culture. Israel has shuttered Palestinian cinemas and theatres, banned cultural events, denied Palestinian artists travel permits, and detained others without charge. Israeli soldiers have repeatedly forced young musicians to “perform” at military checkpoints that dot the occupied West Bank denying Palestinians their right to freedom of movement.

Can you really sing “Hips don’t lie” when Israel is lying in front of the world about its war crimes?

We appeal to you to do no harm to our human rights and our struggle to achieve them. We call on you to join the world-renowned artists who have refused to lend their names to art-washing Israel’s regime of oppression including Lorde, Lauryn Hill, Elvis Costello, Brian Eno, the late Gil Scott-Heron, Faithless, Roger Waters, Bjork, Zakir Hussain, Jean-Luc Godard and Snoop Dogg.

A few kilometers from the Park Yarkon where you are scheduled to perform, thousands of Palestinian prisoners are held in Israeli jails. One of them is a brave young girl named Ahed Al-Tamimi (17-year-old) who danced to the tune of your hit song “la la la" with her two relatives and dreamt of growing up to become a football player. Our children, like all other children, deserve freedom, justice and equality. We ask you not to “la la la” to the system of injustice that is denying them their human rights and very dreams.
•The Association of Palestinian Local Authorities (APLA), representing over 400 Palestinian municipalities and local councils in the occupied Palestinian territory
•Ramallah Municipality
•Palestinian Performing Arts Network (PPAN)
•The Freedom Theatre
•El-Funoun Dance Troupe
•Ashtar Theatre
•Yes Theatre
•Qafilah Movingstage Theatre
•Popular Art Centre
•Sareyyet Ramallah
•Al Kamandjati Association
•The Palestinian Institute for Cultural Development-Nawa
•Naqsh Popular Art Center
•The Palestinian National Theatre - Al Hakawati
•Ibdaa Cultural Center
•Theatre Day Productions
•Palestinian Circus School
•Nawa for Culture and Arts Association
•Alrowwad Cultural and Arts Society
•Al-Harah Theater
•Baladi Centre for culture and Arts
•Oushaq Art Centre
•Al-Anqaa Palestinian Dance Troupe, Gaza
•Culture and Free Thought Association, Gaza
•Al-Awda Centre, Tulkarem refugee camp
•Khotwa Association for Community development
•Khalil Sakakini Cultural Centre
•Asayel Dance Troupe
•Shafaq -Jerusalem Art network
•Al-Ma'mal Foundation for Contemporary Art
•The Edward Said National Conservatory of Music
•Palestinian Art Court-Al Hoash
•Palestinian National Theatre
•Yabous Cultural Center
•Al Hannouneh Society for Popular Culture, Jordan
•Al Quds Group for Palestinian Folklore, Jordan
•Muhtaref Al Qindil Al Saghir, Ain al-Hilweh Refugee Camp, Lebanon
•Jafra Dance Troupe, Palestinian Cultural Center, Lebanon

Tania N (883)
Monday May 28, 2018, 2:02 am
Thank you

Tania N (883)
Monday May 28, 2018, 2:02 am
Thank you

S J (124)
Monday May 28, 2018, 3:35 am
I'd love to sign. In solidarity meow fly

Evelyn B (63)
Monday May 28, 2018, 6:06 am
Shakira: Don't Endorse Inequality and Apartheid!

Ben O (128)
Monday May 28, 2018, 8:08 am

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Monday May 28, 2018, 2:20 pm

Evelyn B (63)
Tuesday May 29, 2018, 11:00 am
The petition has worked !!!!!!

JVP requests that we thank her for this decision ...
Jewish Voice for Peace: Shakira - Thank You (Please Sign!)

Evelyn B (63)
Tuesday May 29, 2018, 11:17 am
Don't you love it when petitions have an impact? !!!!

But when the action is liable to trigger aggressive reactions (as this cancellation will) - it is important to show appreciation & solidarity in response to her stance ...

Past Member (0)
Saturday June 2, 2018, 1:42 am
Yes. I love it.
I signed the petition mentioned by Evelyn in May, the 29th.
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