In anticipation of the Global March to Jerusalem on Palestinian Land Day (March 30), a new album called "Jerusalem for Us All" brings together tracks donated by a score of international artists working in hip hop, jazz, rock, folk, and a variety of classical cultural traditions.
The 19-track, MP3-only compilation is a benefit for Global March to Jerusalem – North America (GMJ-NA), an independent coalition of U.S. and Canadian groups supporting the peaceful mass demonstrations planned for March 30 in Palestine, in the four neighboring countries (Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, and Syria), and in major cities around the world. (For earlier Mondoweiss posts on the GMJ, look here and here.)
Here's a complete track listing from the new album:
- Stephan Said, "Take A Stand" (Beatnick & K-Salaam Remix)
- M1, "24 hours in Gaza"
- DAM, "Sajin Mixdown"
- Shadia Mansour, Robert Wyatt, Gilad Atzmon, and Ros Stephen (Ramallah Underground), “Where Are They Now”
- Sarah Gillespie, “How The Mighty Fall”
- Marcel Khalife, "Walking Tall" (Muntasebah al-Qamati Amshi)
- Rim Banna, “A Time to Cry”
- Muhammad Assaf, “Free People of the World are Marching towards You”
- Fun-Da-Mental, “Ja Shataan”
- Homan Bakhtiyari, “Felistin ey Felistin”
- Gilad Atzmon & the Orient House Ensemble, “La Cote Mediterranee”
- DARG Team, "Calling You" (Onadekom)
- Katibeh 5, “Malak !”
- David Rovics, “I Wanna Go Home”
- Phil Monsour, “I Left My Heart in Palestine”
- Rich Siegel, “In Palestine”
- Ragtop (Nizar Wattad), “1948”
- Nora Roman and the Border Busters, "Song for Palestine"
- Robert Wyatt, Tali Atzmon, Gilad Atzmon and Ros Stephen (Ramallah Underground), “The Ghosts Within”
Palestinians in Israel, the occupied territories and around the world celebrate Land Day annually to commemorate the events of March 30, 1976, when the Israeli government's announcement of a plan to expropriate thousands of dunams of land for "security and settlement purposes" provoked a general strike and marches in towns from the Galilee to the Negev. In the ensuing confrontations, the Israeli army and police killed six Palestinian Israelis, wounded more than 100, and arrested hundreds more.
This year's GMJ has the support of hundreds of grassroots organizations worldwide. Individual endorsers include Nobel Peace Laureates Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Mairead Maguire, Palestinian democracy activist Mustafa Barghouti, Jewish Renewal Movement Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb, Reverend Jeremiah Wright, African National Congress leader Ronnie Kasrils, American philosopher and civil rights activist Dr. Cornel West, retired US Ambassador Edward Peck, anti-war activist Medea Benjamin, international law professor Richard Falk, and historian and writer Tariq Ali.
“Jerusalem for Us All” is available at CDBaby and Amazon, as well as via the GMJ-NA website, for $9.99. All proceeds will benefit the GMJ-NA.