Roger Waters: I hate apartheid, not Israel

Former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters is one of the highest-profile proponents of the Palestinian-led call for boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) 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.”

Ahead of his October 24 & 25 two-night run in Edmonton as part of his North American US + THEM tour, take the time to read this wide-ranging conversation with Israeli journalist Gideon Levy in Haaretz.

Why Israel, when there are so many other countries that do the same?

“Well, if you’re determined to stand on the side of truth, justice, liberty, human rights, individual freedoms, political equality, and freedom to worship whatever you want, all of that – from time to time, situations crop up that demand your attention more than other situations, because they’re blatant and they’ve been going on for a very long time. People also complain about anybody making comparisons between apartheid South Africa and Israel. But particularly in the occupied territories – but also in Israel, in my view – the comparisons are valid.

In the 1970s and ’80s, there was no question – we all focused on South Africa because it was the obvious place to focus. It was a place where it looked like all of us who took part in the Anti-Apartheid Movement, as it was called then, might have an effect, and might cause changes in policy in that small part of the world. Israel is that bit of the world now. Whether Israelis or anyone else like it or not, it just is.”

Call on Bryan Adams to cancel performances in Israel

Canadian singer/songwriter Bryan Adams is scheduled to play three shows in Israel in December, 2017—two in Tel Aviv and one in Jerusalem, despite calls for him to respect the Palestinian-led call for a cultural boycott of Israel.

Add your voice to those calling on Bryan Adams to stand up for human rights by respecting the cultural boycott of Israel by signing the Canadian BDS Coalition’s online petition.

The shows come despite Adams public criticism of Israel’s 2014 assault on Gaza:

 

Tell Stevie Wonder not to entertain apartheid

 

** UPDATED **

From the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation:

Fewer than 4 days after the global campaign to urge Stevie to cancel his gig began, the Jewish Telegraph Agency (JTA) announced Stevie’s intention to cancel his performance for the Friends of the IDF!

* Original article in the JTA: Source: Stevie Wonder to cancel Friends of IDF gig

* Re-posted in the Jewish Daily Forward: Stevie Wonder Pulls Out of IDF Fundraiser

* Mondoweiss blog: Report: Stevie Wonder pulls out of IDF fundraiser after BDS activists wage campaign

* Jerusalem Post — reported by Reuters: Source: Stevie Wonder to cancel Friends of IDF gig

This great news shows the power of the advocacy efforts so far. We are waiting for Stevie’s statement. Let’s strengthen Stevie’s resolve and finish the job. Click here to sign our petition to Stevie, which we will deliver to show him how much support behind him remains — and is growing!

Here is a portion of the JTA article:

Stevie Wonder Pulls Out of IDF Fundraiser
Petition Called on R&B Star To Shun Israel Army Event
By JTA

Stevie Wonder is set to pull out of a performance at a fundraiser for the Israel Defense Forces, a source told JTA.

Wonder’s representatives will claim that he did not know the nature of the group, the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, and that he believes such a performance would be incongruent with his status as a U.N. “Messenger of Peace,” according to a source who has read email exchanges between Wonder’s representatives and organizers of the event.

Wonder was scheduled to headline the Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces annual gala in Los Angeles on Dec. 6. The event raises millions of dollars annually to support the Israeli military.

Original post:

On November 25, 2012, YNet announced that musical legend and civil rights advocate Stevie Wonder would be performing for Israeli soldiers and major donors at the annual gala of the Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) on December 6 in Los Angeles. Stevie Wonder stood against Apartheid in South Africa and has been an outspoken supporter of racial justice and civil rights in the United States. Please join us in saying to Stevie Wonder: “We Just Called to Say, Don’t Entertain Apartheid!”

In a letter to Stevie, Palestinian writerBassem Nasir wrote:

“This army, [the one you are supporting] Stevie, is a tool of oppression and subjugation that has kept me, my family, and my people occupied for over forty-five years. Every day, this army is protecting the seizure of more Palestinian land to build illegal Israeli settlements and further denying me my rights as a human being… I am urging you to cancel this performance and stand with the values of justice and peace for all.”

The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation has set up an action section on their webpage where you can sent a message to Stevie Wonder telling him not to entertain apartheid.

Here’s what you can do:

1. Tell Stevie Wonder: We Just Called to Say, Don’t Entertain Apartheid by using the US Campaign’s online tool to send a message to Stevie Wonder.

2. Twitter Alert: Use these ready-made tweets to spread the word about Stevie’s performance and call on him to not play for occupation forces.

3. Check out the US Campaign’s dedicated web page for more background information on Stevie Wonder’s performance.

4. Sign the online petition at change.org.