Letter to Pete Seeger From Over 40 Orgs

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September 9, 2010

Dear Pete,

As long-time admirers of your music and your commitment to social justice, and as justice-seeking activists ourselves, we were surprised and troubled to learn that you plan to participate in the event “With Earth and Each Other: A Virtual Rally for a Better Middle East” this November.

As part of the 2005 Palestinian civil society call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS), and inspired by the cultural boycott of apartheid South Africa, Palestinian people have asked international artists to join the BDS movement by refusing to perform in Israel or participate in events that serve to equate the occupier and the occupied and thus promote the continuation of injustice. Participation in “With Earth and Each Other” undermines the call for BDS until Israel meets the basic requirements of human rights and international law by ending its occupation, ensuring equal rights for Palestinian citizens of Israel, and respecting the rights of Palestinian refugees.

Dear Rickie Lee Jones

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Having heard that you are about to perform in a Jazz festival in the Israeli city of Eilat, we would like to ask you to cancel this show. It is particularly because of our love for your work that it would be sad for us to see how your music is appropriated and exploited in order to mask major human rights abuses.

Thank You, Leftfield!

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Boycott! would like to thank Leftfield and Neil Barnes in particular for cancelling Leftfield's scheduled performance in Israel and refusing to entertain apartheid. Leftfield have demonstrated courage and humanity in this decision, and we hope others will follow and respect the Palestinian Call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel until there's freedom and justice for the Palestinian people.

Boycott! Supporting the Palestinian BDS Call from within
http://boycottisrael.info

Jeff Beck, Don't Play Apartheid Israel!

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July 9th, 2010

Dear Jeff Beck,

 

We are a group of Israeli citizens who respect and promote human rights for all. We call on you to make a conscientious and politically important decision to cancel your performance in Israel, scheduled for October 5th, 2010. We would like you to consider the following:

 

Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza are living for the last 43+ years under a cruel Israeli occupation. Their living and basic necessities for water, energy, housing, health and movement are being crushed by a system that either dispossess them or sees them as targets for obliteration by the Israeli army's prevalent violence. West Bank Palestinians' entitlement for equality is systematically denied by martial law, hundreds of checkpoints and blockades and the colonization and annexation of Palestinian lands and resources by the Israeli settlement enterprise, house demolitions and evictions and the separation wall.

Π.Α.ΜΕ., We Support Your Courageous Protest

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July 18, 2010

Dear members of Π.Α.ΜΕ.

We are a group of Jews and Palestinians, citizens and residents of Israel, who are struggling to end the Israeli occupation and oppression of the Palestinians. We are writing to you in order to express our enthusiastic support of your courageous civil protest against the blockade of Gaza and against Israel's oppressive policies by symbolically blocking five El-Al airline check-in counters at Athens International Airport (14.07.10). You have thus joined a long line of civilians who, unlike their own governments, express their solidarity with the Palestinian people and their dissociation from the oppressive polices of the Israel government.

Leftfield, Don't Cross the BDS Picket Line

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"How many lives can they take, till we break?"
"How many homes set alight, till we fight?"

Dear Leftfield,

We, a group of Israeli citizens, are writing to you today, as your words of protest resonate with their relevance in light of the deadly raid on a flotilla attempting to break the illegal siege and packed with humanitarian aid, bound for the suffocating Gaza Strip. That same strip of land, overpopulated and besieged for the past 3 years, is the place which Israel chose to brutally attack during its December 2009 onslaught.

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