Vanessa Mae, please don’t choose the side of the oppressor!

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Dear Vanessa Mae,

We are a group of Israeli citizens who support the human rights-based Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) and the BDS movement  ([1] http://www.pacbi.org , http://www.bdsmovement.net/)

As the international media tends to show only a partial picture on the situation in Israel/Palestine, we are concerned that you may not be entirely aware of how problematic performing in Apartheid Israel is.  

Paul Simon, Don't Break Cultural Boycott Again!

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Dear Paul Simon,

We are members of BOYCOTT! Supporting the Palestinian BDS Call from Within.[1] We were dismayed to read that you're planning to Preform in Israel at the end of this year.[2] In 2005, Palestinian civil society initiated a call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) from Israeli institutions, companies and academia, as a response to an over-60-year-old human rights crisis, involving military occupation and the development of a crushing system of apartheid, very similar to that practiced in apartheid South Africa.[3] We are Israeli citizens who have chosen to support the call, and we ask you not to break the cultural boycott; Please don't perform in apartheid Israel, until our government reverses its policies.

Joel and Ethan Coen, Don't Endorse Israel's Human-Rights Violations, Refuse the Dan David Prize!

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May 4, 2011
Dear Ethan and Joel Coen,
 
We are a group of Israeli citizens and residents, Jews and Palestinians; many of us have been fans of your work since the early days of Blood Simple and have found much inspiration in your cinematic inquiries into themes of morality and human relations.
 

Marc Almond, don’t choose the side of the oppressor

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Marc Almond has cancelled performing in Israel.

Dear Marc Almond,

We are a group of Israeli citizens supporting the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS):

Together with our Palestinian partners, we are calling on international artists to respect the call, and refrain from performing in Israel until the Palestinians’ most basic human rights are respected:
1. Ending [Israel’s] occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the apartheid wall built on Palestinian land;
2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality;
3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.

Marrickville Council, Stand Firm in Your Support of BDS

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We are Israeli citizens who witness first-hand the brutality of our government's policies towards the Palestinian people. We stand firm in our support of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) initiatives against Israel until it meets its obligation to recognize the Palestinian people’s inalienable right to self-determination, and fully complies with the precepts of international law.

Moby, Don't Approve Occupation and Apartheid!

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April 10th, 2011

“Another trillion spent by the government
Here the bomb go, sent by the president
Power to the people, 'cause the people want peace”

We are members of the Israeli group BOYCOTT! Supporting the Palestinian BDS Call from Within.[1] In 2005 Palestinian civil society initiated a call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) from Israeli institutions, companies and academia.[2] Six years later, the call has become an international movement, adopted by civil society world-wide, and invigorating student movements around the globe.

Bob Dylan Will You Heed the Call?

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Dear Bob Dylan,

“Please heed the call
Don't stand in the doorway
Don't block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There's a battle outside ragin'.
It'll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin'.”

We are members of an Israeli group called BOYCOTT! Supporting the Palestinian BDS call from within (BfW). We support the Palestinian call for the boycott divestment and sanctions (BDS) of Israel (1) until Palestinians’ most basic human rights are respected:

Czech Government, do not support apartheid, racism and occupation!

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Czech version follows English version

We are a group of Israeli citizens who are deeply concerned about our government's policies of racism, apartheid and occupation, and the European Union's complicity in these policies. It has been brought to our attention that the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to visit your country this month, in order to "deepen crucial strategic cooperation", as reported by your local media. Cooperation of this type means increased complicity of the Czech Republic in Israeli crimes. We are therefore writing to you to ask that you resume your responsibility to uphold basic principles of international law and human rights in Israel/Palestine.

Richard Bona, Please do NOT play in apartheid Israel

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Dear Richard Bona

 

We are Israeli citizens who oppose our government's policies of apartheid, occupation and racism against the Palestinian people.

We are acting in solidarity with the Palestinian civil society's call for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel because of its policies, and we are asking you to join us and do the same, by postponing your performance in Israel to a time when our government respects basic principles of human rights!

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