Sunday, July 27, 2014

Lana Del Rey is Being Asked to Respect the Boycott of Israel

(July 27, 2014)  Lana Del Rey is being asked to respect the boycott of Israel, as called for by the majority of Palestinian Civil Society. A new facebook page titled Lana Del Rey, Don't Endorse Apartheid Israel's Violence states:
"American singer, Lana del Rey is expected to perform in today's Sun City --Tel Aviv, Israel in August 2014, at the Nokia Arena, tickets for Lana Del Rey are on sale now. It is especially pertinent that Lana cancel her gig and respect calls for a boycott of Israel, given that Israel is massacring hundreds of children and innocent civilians in Gaza, an inescapable open-air prison. We seek to let Lana know about the reasons for a boycott on this page."

Monday, July 21, 2014

Massive Attack Shows Support for Gaza at Longitude 2014

(Marlay Park, Ireland) Several tweets following Massive Attack's set at Dublin's Longitude Festival confirmed the band's strong support for Gaza.  Safe From Harm was performed to graphic images from Gaza.  The Irish Mirror reported that during Unfinished Sympathy, graphics and music paused to display the number of lives lost in Gaza.  Massive Attack was featured at the three day festival as the closing act on the main stage.

In 2010, Robert Del Naja affirmed his commitment to the cultural boycott of Israel in an interview with William Parry:
“I think musicians have a major role to play," Del Naja says. "I find the more I get involved, the more the movement becomes something tangible. I remember going to 'Artists Against Apartheid' gigs, and 'Rock Against Racism' gigs around the same sort of time. Bands like the Clash and the Specials had a lot to do with influencing the minds of the youth in those days."[1]

[1] The Silent Treatment
see also "More from Robert Del Naja on the Israel Boycott"

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Israeli Trance Scene: Isle of Dreams is Just a Dream

Israeli trance fans won't revel in trance music this August with Avicii, Maxwell, Afrojack, Above & Beyond, Alesso, R3hab, Ingrosso and tens of others.  
The Isle of Dreams trance music festival planned for August 7, 8, and 9 in Israel has been cancelled.  Trance music is immensely popular in Israel, and this was a highly anticipated festival featuring the top names in trance music.  Several trance artists have been called on to boycott Israel since the inception of Trance Addicts Against Apartheid in 2013.  The cancellation is welcome by boycott activists because it gives artists more time to learn about Palestine and the BDS movement and decide not to reschedule if they choose to.  It also allows Israeli trance fans to realize in a concrete way that life and trance music do not go on as usual when Israel massacres hundreds of refugees in Gaza.  

According to Trance Addicts Against Apartheid: "...the scale and influence [of trance music] is so massive that the country [Israel] is now credited with being the birthplace of "Full on", a form of psychedelic trance. While freedom of expression and a jubilant state of mind sit at the heart of trance music, Israel is anything but to Palestinians whose daily lives are subject to an apartheid system that denies them the basic rights and freedoms to live on their lands, to mobility, to education among other denied rights. Trance's deep roots in Israel have only helped to normalize Israel's false image among trance artists and trance fans as a country that is progressive, democratic, ordinary, and peaceful. Israel's list of violations of human rights go unnoticed. Israel's continuing siege on Gaza and control of the West Bank subjects millions of people to a cruel, unjust system of oppression that has been called worse than South Africa's former apartheid."

America, Thanks for not playing Israel.

Folk rock band "America" will not be entertaining Israeli fans on August 7 as planned.  They are best known for their 1970's hit "Horse with No Name."  All cancellations are welcome.  Cancellations allow musicians more time to learn about the plight of the people under siege in Gaza, the call for boycott, and the many reasons BDS is effective as a method to achieve justice for Palestinians living under Israeli occupation and as refugees.

Thank "America" for their cancellation on their official facebook page, and let them know about the call by Palestinian Civil Society for the boycott of Israel at

A representative at the band's management group in Los Angeles, California could not comment on the specific reason for their cancellation.  Their booking agent could not be contacted.  

Friday, July 11, 2014

OPEN LETTER: Roger Waters asks Neil Young to Support the Boycott of Israel

"Enough is enough".
In January this year I wrote a private letter to Neil Young, it was sent via his manager Elliot Roberts' email, I never received a reply of any kind.
More recently I spoke openly about The Rolling Stones performing in Tel Aviv.
In light of the appalling recent events in Israel and Gaza and my dismay at the the lack of any response from our governments and in a final appeal to Neil's possible attachment to the rights of all human beings, not just the disenfranchised natives of North America, but all human beings all over the world, I am publishing that letter now.
Here it Is.

Dear Neil Young.

There are rumors flying about that you are considering doing shows in Tel Aviv this year.

The picket lines have been crossed in this last year by one or two lightweights from our community but no one of your stature. Woody Guthrie would turn in his grave. Neil Young! You are one of my biggest heroes, you are one of a very short list, you, John Lennon, Woody Guthrie, Huddy Ledbetter, Harry Belafonte, Sam Cooke, Billie Holiday and, like some others, but not many, your songs have always been redolent of love and humanity and compassion for your fellow man and woman. I find it hard to believe that you would turn your back on the indigenous people of Palestine. That you would lend support to, and encourage and legitimize, with your presence, a colonial apartheid regime, largely settled from Europe, that seeks to confine the native people of the land, either in exile or in second class status in reservations and ghettos. 

Please, brother, tell me it ain't so.

As I recall, back in the day, along with the rest of us (Stevie van Zandt, Bruce, Led Zep etc etc etc etc)  you would not "Play In Sun City" I am asking you to stand on the same moral ground now. The late, great, Nelson Mandela lives on in us, we cannot let him down. He was explicit in his position and I quote, " We know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians".  It is time for "Rock Against Racism" to show some of it's muscle by refusing to lend our names to the whitewashing of the illegal colonization of Palestinian land and the systematic oppression of its indigenous people. Unfortunately the opposition lobby has a lot of muscle too. They spend millions on their "Hasbara"(If like me you have no Hebrew)”Explaining” or to you and me "Propaganda". The propaganda machine is well oiled and ruthless. We, on the other hand, have only our commitment to non-violent resistance to lie down in front of the IDF caterpillar tractors that would raze the native people from the land of Palestine. We stand with those people, and with all the brave people of Israel and Palestine, Jewish and Arab alike who oppose The Israeli Governments brutal policies. We stand with Rachel Corrie, the young American woman who gave her life under the caterpillar's tracks. Please join me and countless other artists all over the world in solidarity with the oppressed and the disenfranchised. It is time to heed the peoples call. People like The Bedouin, the nomadic people of the Negev in the arid south of Israel, please research their plight, one village, Al-Araqib has been destroyed 63 times by IDF Bulldozers. If you are in doubt about any of this, I will go with you to Palestine, and Israel, if they’ll let me in, you will see what I have seen, and then let us figure out the right thing to do.

By the way I watched your Bridge School concert on YouTube last year, it was very moving, you were, of course magnificent. You had asked me to perform, and as I explained to your management, I would have gladly done so had I not already been committed to The Wall Tour in Europe and Stand Up For Heroes in New York. This year I will be pleased and proud to come and support you if you call. 

With respect, and love.

Roger Waters.

Fyi. Nice Christmas present.

Bedouin Village Demolished For 63rd Time
Thursday December 26, 2013 18:18 by Chris Carlson - 1 of International Middle East Media Center Editorial Group

For the 63rd time, Israeli forces have demolished the Bedouin village of al-Araqib, in the Negev, Thursday morning.

A Ma’an reporter in Beersheba said that bulldozers, escorted by 25 police patrols, raided the village at 9 a.m. and demolished all of its steel houses.

“Forces of demolition and destruction raided our village in the morning and demolished our houses, for the 63rd time. This is a barbarian assault, as they left residents homeless during wintry weather,” local resident Aziz Sayyah al-Touri told Ma’an.  He highlighted that the assault has come following the Israeli announcement to abandon the Prawer Plan in displacing Negev Bedouins. Bedouins claim the are as their ancestral lands, while Israel considers al-Araqib and all Bedouin villages in the Negev illegal. There are about 260,000 Bedouin in Israel, mostly living in and around the Negev, in the arid south. More than half live in unrecognized villages without utilities, with many living in extreme poverty.

Google “Prawer plan” and follow a few links, you may catch a glimpse of the tip of an extremely large and terrifying iceburg.

Neil, we’re talking about the occupation, subjugation, dispossession, eviction, ghettoization and possible eventual eradication of a nation.

You, more than most should find this, taboo, story, more than a little disquieting. 


Monday, July 7, 2014

Why is Neil Young Afraid of a Youtube Video?

Neil censors Vancouver fan's video exposing the Palestinian reality behind scheduled concert in Israel

For immediate release: July 7, 2014
Neil Young has claimed copyright infringement forcing Youtube to remove the video entitled "Neil Young - Honour the Boycott" criticizing Neil's scheduled concert in Israel on July 17. The censored video mashup is part of a campaign calling on Neil to honour the Palestinian call for a cultural boycott of Israel and cancel his concert in Tel Aviv. The censored youtube link now leads to a blank video with the statement "This video is no longer available due to a copyright claim by NeilYoung."
The removed youtube video - NOW AVAILABLE ON VIMEO -  legally incorporates copyrighted material on the basis of "Fair Use" and strictly follows the "Online Video Best Practices for Fair Use" that is linked from the Youtube copyright fair use page.
Vancouver-based video remixer Gordon Murray said "Neil Young is a hero to many progressives for his courageous stands against the Vietnam war, Gulf war, George W. Bush's war mongering, and especially his support of indigenous people in their fight against the Tar Sands and the Keystone XL pipeline. But if Neil entertains and whitewashes Apartheid Israel, many people will see him as a Disposable Hero of Hypocrisy."
To quote Neil back to Neil: this is your defining moment, you can take a stand on the right side of history or you can make a few bucks… and sell out to Israeli Apartheid.
A growing list of progressive musicians are honouring the cultural boycott and refusing to “musicwash” Israel. Less than a week ago, renowned New York rapper Talib Kweli cancelled his gig in Israel to show "solidarity with Palestinians" - so it's not too late for Neil to take a stand.
The censored video makes fair use of documentary footage of Neil Young's speech to the Reject & Protect Rally against the Keystone XL pipeline in Washington DC on April 26, 2014. In his speech Neil claims to stand with the "people of the earth" - farmers and indigenous people.  By juxtaposing portions of Neil's speech with video of Palestinian farmers and indigenous people being attacked by Israeli soldiers and military warplanes, the video exposes his hypocrisy in abandoning the Palestinian "people of the earth" despite their direct appeal to Neil to honour the cultural boycott and cancel his concert in Israel.
One final question for Neil - Why use bullying tactics to assail your fans' freedom of speech instead of engaging with them about the issues involved in breaking the cultural boycott of Israel?
The video was mashed-up by Murray who was also a defendant in a 2007 SLAPP suit (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) by the Vancouver Sun for producing a parody newspaper that satirised the Sun's anti-Palestinian bias.
For more information, please contact Gordon Murray at
Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS)
In 2005, more than 170 grassroots Palestinian organizations called for a global campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against the State of Israel - inspired by the campaign against South African Apartheid. The BDS campaign, including a cultural boycott, demands that Israel recognize the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination and fully complies with the precepts of international law.
A growing list of progressive musicians are honouring the cultural boycott and refusing to “musicwash” Israel including: Natacha Atlas, Elvis Costello, Brian Eno, Gorillaz, Gil-Scott Heron, Salif Keita, Talib Kweli, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Santana, Pete Seeger, Roger Waters, and Stevie Wonder.
Israel is confining indigenous Palestinians to open air prisons and “Bantustans,” as world leaders and South African anti-Apartheid activists including Jimmy Carter and Archbishop Desmond Tutu are accusing Israel of practicing Apartheid. International expert bodies such as the Russell Tribunal and the South African Human Sciences Research Council have also declared that Israel is guilty of the international crime of Apartheid.
Archbishop Tutu wrote to a South African music group that violated the Palestinian Cultural Boycott of Israel: “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.”

Fair Use: The Transformative Factor (Stanford University Fair Use Website)
In a 1994 case, the Supreme Court emphasized this [transformative] factor as being a primary indicator of fair use. At issue is whether the material has been used to help create something new or merely copied verbatim into another work. When taking portions of copyrighted work, ask yourself the following questions:
  • Has the material you have taken from the original work been transformed by adding new expression or meaning?
  • Was value added to the original by creating new information, new aesthetics, new insights, and understandings?
Roger borrows several quotes from the speech given by the CEO of a logging company. Roger prints these quotes under photos of old-growth redwoods in his environmental newsletter. By juxtaposing the quotes with the photos of endangered trees, Roger has transformed the remarks from their original purpose and used them to create a new insight. The copying would probably be permitted as a fair use

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