Джил Скот Херон бойкотира Тел Авив

Преди няколко месеца големият латиноамерикански музикант Карлос Сантана отмени планувания си за лятото концерт в Израел, тази седмица това стори и един от гласовете на чернокожите в борбата има за равни права в САЩ и южна Африка, поета, музикант, новелист, пианист и продуцент Джил Скот Херон.

До това решение е стигнал след получаването на много молби и послания от палестински и междунардони активисти, борещи се срещу израелската окупационна политика:

You can’t write brilliant songs about apatheid South Africa and then perform in apartheid Israel! You just can’t do it. So, Gil, don’t do it. We love and respect you as a musician and social critic and we want you to DO THE RIGHT THING!“

Това е част от посланиетодо него на Електроник Интифада:

The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) is gravely disappointed by the announcement that well-known, progressive artist Gil Scott-Heron is due to perform in Israel on 25 May. We call upon Mr. Scott-Heron, a member of United Artists Against Apartheid in the 1980s and a featured singer on the breakthrough song „Don’t Play Sun City,“ not to play apartheid Israel.

We urge you as an influential artist, and, more importantly, as a well-known activist on issues of social justice and equality, not to perform in Israel, a state that maintains a cruel system of occupation, colonization and apartheid against the Palestinian people and has been widely accused by UN experts and leading human rights organizations of committing war crimes and grave violations of human rights. Your performance in Israel would stand in stark contrast to your anti-apartheid, anti-racist record and simply be part of Israel’s attempt to „re-brand“ and whitewash its apartheid system.

Your work has been an inspiration to activists around the world who are fighting for justice alongside the Palestinian people; do not tarnish your record and this admiration by turning a blind eye to the realities of Israeli apartheid. A performance in Israel would come a year and a half after Israel’s bloody military assault against the occupied Gaza Strip which left over 1,440 Palestinians dead, of whom 431 were children, and 5,380 injured. The 1.5 million Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip, the overwhelming majority of whom are refugees, were subjected to three weeks of relentless Israeli state terror, whereby Israeli warplanes systematically targeted civilian areas, reducing whole neighborhoods and vital civilian infrastructure to rubble and partially destroying Gaza’s leading university and scores of schools, including several run by the UN, where civilians, including children, were taking shelter. This criminal assault came after months of a crippling and ongoing Israeli siege of Gaza.

Въпреки, че няма издадено официално становище по въпроса, се твърди, че музикантът е анонсирал отказа си от концерт в Тел Авив от сцената по време на участие в Лондон, където група палестински фенове са протестирали.
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