Bon Jovi, Don’t Choose the Oppressor's Side: Cancel Your Show in Israel

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Dear John Bon Jovi 

 

We are members of an Israeli group called BOYCOTT! Supporting the Palestinian BDS call from within (BfW). We support the Palestinian call for boycott divestment and sanctions (BDS) of Israel (1). Together with our Palestinian partners, we are calling on international artists to respect the call, and not to perform 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 Wall;

2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and

3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.

Deep Purple, Please do not collaborate with racism, apartheid and occupation

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Dear Deep Purple 

We are a group of Israeli citizens. We have been fans of your music for many years. We support the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel (BDS). The movement is based on a non-violent approach towards ending the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories, and it is based on international law.

Together with our Palestinian partners, we are calling on you to respect the request by Palestinian civil society not to perform in Israel until the Palestinians’ most basic human rights are respected by the State of Israel: Ending the occupation, dismantling the settlements, ending the racist discrimination against Israel's Palestinian citizens within the 1967 borders, and respecting the Palestinian refugees' right of return.

Justin Bieber, You Can Choose to Do More than Pray

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Dear Justin Bieber,

 

We are BOYCOTT! Supporting the Palestinian BDS Call from Within (BfW); A group of Israeli citizens that support the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) of Israel, untill it complies with international law and universal principles of human rights. We come to you today with a very serious appeal, which will effect millions of lives, Palestinian, Israeli, Muslim, Christian and Jewish.

Manzarek and Krieger of the Doors, honor your humane legacy and cancel your show in Israel

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Feb 19, 2011
Dear Ray Manzarek and Robby Krieger of The Doors,
 
We are a group of Israeli citizens who support the human rights-based Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) [1]. We learned with dismay about your July 5th 2011 scheduled performance in Tel-Aviv, thus undermining a growing international movement to end Israel's impunity and promote a just solution that respects human rights and international law in Palestine\Israel.

Letter to Josep Carreras

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Dear Mr Carreras,

We were saddened to hear that you will be giving a concert in Israel in March.

You may not be aware of the serious violations of International Law and Human Rights that have been carried out against the Palestinian population by Israel over the last 60-odd years. One of the most recent violations was the brutal attack made on the Gaza Strip in 2008-2009, during which Israel committed war crimes and crimes against humanity as detailed in the report that the South African judge Richard Goldstone drew up for the United Nations in 2009.

Bryan Ferry, Do Not Collaborate with Apartheid and Occupation!

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Dear Bryan Ferry,

 

We are an Israeli group called BOYCOTT! Supporting the Palestinian BDS Call from Within. Undoubtedly, our name discloses the intent of this letter: We hereby invite you to join the growing international movement of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel - a movement that has undertaken to respond to the Palestinian call to apply these nonviolent measures against Israel, until the following is accomplished:

 

1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands and dismantling the Wall; 

2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and 

3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.

Gilberto Gil, Don't Undermine the Palestinian Struggle for Freedom: Cancel Show in Israel!

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February 3, 2011

Dear Gilberto Gil,

 

We are members of a group of over 200 Israeli citizens who support the Palestinian-led cultural boycott of Israel. As an artist who was himself imprisoned and exiled by a military regime in your country, we heard with dismay about your scheduled April 14 concert in Tel-Aviv. The Palestinian Call [1] for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) was issued in 2005 by over 170 Palestinian civil society organizations in order to counter racism and such oppressive mechanisms as mass unlawful expulsion and imprisonment. We are aware that you visited Israel in the past. It is not much due to the act itself but due to its current context that we urge you now to heed the Palestinian Call and cancel your scheduled performance in Israel. By doing so you will stand by a globally growing, human rights-based and non-violent civil society Palestinian initiative.

An Open Letter to the Participants of the Red Sea Chamber Music Festival

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                                                                                                                    February 12, 2011
 
Dear participants of the Red Sea Chamber Music Festival,
 
We, Israeli citizens and residents, Jews and Palestinians, are writing to you today to ask that you withdraw your participation from the 6th International Red Sea Chamber Music Festival.
 

Letter to the Polish Government

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We are a group of Israeli citizens who are deeply concerned about our government's policies of apartheid and occupation, and the European Union's complicity in these policies. We would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Poland for assuming the EU Presidency in July 2011. It has been brought to our attention that the first joint Polish-Israeli cabinet session is due in Jerusalem on the 24th of February.

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