Friday, May 24, 2013

Richard Bona will not Play Apartheid Israel June 25, 26, 27

by DPAI (UK, Australia, Ireland, USA)
We welcome the significant news that Richard Bona has cancelled his plans to return to apartheid Israel and perform three concerts with no mention made that he plans to reschedule.
Bona played in Israel last year, despite being asked by activists to cancel.  Bona reportedly is working with Stevie Wonder, who cancelled plans to perform at a Los Angeles fundraiser for the IOF (Israeli Occupation Forces) last December.  

World of Jazz Increasingly Respects Boycott of Israel

Increasingly, musicians of conscience from all over the world are choosing to respect the cultural boycott of Israel.  

Recently, Portico Quartet cancelled their plans to play in Israel and made a public statement in favor of the boycott. Stanley Jordan and  Andreas Öberg of Sweden also cancelled, after becoming aware of the boycott.  Last year, Cassandra Wilson was due to headline the Women’s Festival in Holon, Israel and took a public political stand just before she was due to board a plane to Tel Aviv, saying "I identify with the cultural boycott of Israel."  Tuba Skinny refused to perform at the Israel Government-sponsored Red Sea Jazz Festival, cancelling their concert only a few days prior to their scheduled gig.  Latin jazz great Eddie Palmieri of Puerto Rico and jazz musician Jason Moran of Houston followed Tuba Skinny, and also cancelled their appearances at the Red Sea Jazz Festival.

Earlier this month, esteemed professor and Physicist Stephen Hawking joined the academic boycott of Israel. News of his decision to pull out of a conference hosted by president Shimon Peres in protest of the treatment of Palestinians made headlines all over the world.

Omar Barghouti, founding committee member of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) wrote in The National

Given his unparalleled standing among world academics, Stephen Hawking's recent decision to support the boycott propelled the BDS once again to the centre of public opinion. It is one of the starkest indicators yet that the tide is changing, even in the western mainstream, against Israel's occupation, colonisation and apartheid and that BDS is fast reaching its South Africa moment of maturity and impact.
Desmond Tutu, Ahmed Kathrada, Roger Waters, Naomi Klein, Alice Walker, Judith Butler, John Berger, Aijaz Ahmed and now Prof Hawking have all reached the conclusion that, like South Africa's, Israel's system of oppression cannot be brought to an end without ending international complicity and intensifying global solidarity, particularly in the form of BDS.
Rooted in a decades-long tradition of Palestinian Arab popular resistance against settler colonialism, and inspired by the struggle against apartheid in South Africa, the BDS movement for Palestinian rights takes to heart the words of Archbishop Tutu: "We do not want our chains comfortable. We want them removed."

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Depeche Mode shuns apartheid Israel, Still Plays, but under Quiet Cover

Apartheid Israel Official twitter is so desperate to appropriate art for its purposes, that it lies and tweets that Depeche Mode kicked off their world tour in Tel Aviv on May 7.  Nice, France was the location for the kick-off of their world Delta Machine tour on May 4.  Meanwhile, Depeche Mode announced on facebook:
(From May 3) The Delta Machine Tour starts tomorrow in Nice. Be sure to watch our Tumblr page for a live blog from the show!
(from May 4) We'll be live blogging shortly from Nice, FR from the first show of the Delta Machine tour. Follow along at
(from May 5)  if you missed last night's live blog of the Nice tour kick-off, check out our Tumblr: "
(from May 6) As part of their partnership with charity: water and Hublot, DM will be donating their birthdays this summer to help bring clean water to people in developing countries. Check out the campaign page to take part and join in with DM.
(from May 7, the day they play apartheid israel, they make NO MENTION of their concert in Tel Aviv, instead posting about future gigs)  North American fans: DM will be headlining this year's Austin City Limits Music Festival (ACL). 3 day festival passes on sale May 7 at 10am Central Time. [and] Depeche Mode will be headlining the after-race concert at the 2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on November 3rd, 2013.
(from May 12)  Depeche Mode posts "Sofia, Bulgaria - 12/5/13" alongside a photo of their gig in Sofia.
On the Depeche Mode twitter account, Israel is also clearly and conspicuously absent.  Multiple tweets are made of the fact that the tour is kicking off in Nice, France.  

Although Depeche Mode did play in Tel Aviv, they did not show pictures of their concert or even mention it on facebook or twitter.  Also, no photos of the Israel concert were shown on their Tumblr.  On May 4, they are shown breaking down their stage from their gig in Nice, with the comment   "Load out already well under way. Next stop… TEL AVIV!"  But then later there are no references made to Tel Aviv nor pictures.  
This strongly suggests that Depeche Mode purposely left out these images and references due to shame that they violated the Palestinian call for boycott.  The PACBI (Palestinian Campaign fot the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel) wrote an open letter to the band on March 27, asking them not to entertain apartheid.  Recently,  there has also been widespread press coverage of the phenomenal news that Roger Waters supports the boycott of Israel, along with even more press coverage of the colossal news that Stephen Hawking added his name to the list of boycotters of the apartheid entity.   

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Stephen Hawking Takes Boycott of Israel to Whole New Level

"What?  You mean Stephen H A W K I N G is helping Palestine??  That's amazing!"  
(shocked and elated 11 year old
on the news that the world's greatest scientist known to kids is joining the boycott of Israel)

Tweets today called Stephen Hawking a hero, thanked him, and applauded him for his choice to support the boycott.  
The media in the UK (The Guardian, UK Reuters, BBC) covered the news, and so did the press in Israel (Jerusalem Post, 972.mag and more).  It rapidly spread to the USA and Canada.  The Atlantic Wire, USA Today, The New York Times, Washington Post, The Globe and Mail, and the Daily Beast are joined by many other publications that are making this wonderful news go viral.

“Never has a scientist of this stature boycotted Israel,” said Yigal Palmor, the spokesman for Israel’s Foreign Ministry.

World renowned British physicist Stephen Hawking has made the courageous decision to join the academic boycott of apartheid Israel.  He cancelled his appearance at a conference planned for this June and hosted by Shimon Peres.The decision was confirmed by Professor Hawking's university and the event's organisers yesterday.
"Hawking joined the academic boycott of Israel and pulled out of the Israeli Presidential Conference: Facing Tomorrow 2013, under the auspices of President Peres," Israeli organisers said in a statement.
The British Committee for the Universities of Palestine (BRICUP), which supports the academic boycott of Israel and opposes its occupation of Palestinian territories, said Professor Hawking had decided to observe the boycott and as a result had "declined his invitation."
"This is his independent decision to respect the boycott, based upon his knowledge of Palestine, and on the unanimous advice of his own academic contacts there," it said.
Britain's Cambridge University, where Professor Hawking has worked since 1962, initially said the physicist, who suffers from motor neurone disease, had pulled out for health reasons on the grounds that doctors had advised him against flying.
But it later confirmed it was because of the boycott.

Friday, May 3, 2013

Plugfest Israel Has Been Unplugged! No #ArtsAppropriated for these Artists!

by DPAI (UK, Australia, Ireland, USA)

It comes as welcome news to the global BDS movement that Plugfest Israel has been cancelled.  

The Plugfest cancellation is extremely significant, especially as Plug Productions initiated Plugfest to replace their failed Lollapalooza attempt.
Both were attempts to be Israel’s first ever international music festival, proving the boycott is so suc
cessful that a large number of musicians refrain from performing in Israel. 

Plug Productions were initially in denial that Lollapalooza was cancelled. Are they again in denial that they couldn't get sufficient Plugfest artists to breach the boycott?

Azealia Banks, who frequently tweets themes of woman's empowerment, had been the featured artist on posters for the failed event.  Banks was aware of the boycott and reasons for it.  Pressure was intense for her to play apartheid Israel, a video on youtube (link below) with exceptionally high production values for a group of young girls prompts speculations that the video was a propaganda effort used by the state. (These tactics were used in the past with pinkwashing efforts.)

!!! Chk Chk Chk was well-informed about the necessity for boycott from within the music industry along with appeals from BDS advocates.

Tiger Love planned to also play in Tel Aviv on May 17th at the Reading 3, this gig has also been cancelled, thank you Tiger Love!

Jessie Ware, mentioned in the above tweet screenshot, is a frequent interactive twitter user and she was aware of the boycott.

Other artists that will not be playing Israel due to the failed Plugfest include Lee Scratch Perry, Water Knot, John Talabot, CSS, 2ManyDJs and Tinariwen. (see list at

It may well be that sufficient performers withdrew their performances, leaving the organisers no option but to cancel another festival, not long after Lollapalooza music festival in Israel was cancelled!

The global boycott campaign has successfully informed many bands and performers and is now known even more widely than before these aborted attempted festivals.
See facebook page Unplug Apartheid Plugfest for updates on artists who support the boycott.

Lollapalooza Israel Cancelled: We're Sorry, BILLBOARD magazine, 23 Jan, 2013  
Possible pro-Israel propaganda effort video 212- Azealia banks Music Video Cover