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‘Girls on Fire’ tell Alicia Keys — Don’t play Apartheid Israel

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Cool new video from University of New Mexico – Students for Justice in Palestine – “This film is inspired by the Palestinian women who everyday nonviolently resist the illegal occupation of their land.”

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People around the world are calling on Alicia Keys to join figures such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Alice Walker and Roger Waters who are boycotting Israel’s human rights abuses in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

In the spirit of the South African movement that helped end Apartheid, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) was called for by Palestinian civil society in 2005.

This film is inspired by the Palestinian women who everyday nonviolently resist the illegal occupation of their land.

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  1. annie on June 10, 2013, 4:47 pm

    hot video!

    • AlGhorear on June 10, 2013, 6:45 pm

      Wow! That”s a powerful video. Watching the images of these incredibly brave women and girls gave me goosebumps after goosebumps, and goosebumps on top of goosebumps. Watched it a second time and the same thing happened. I could feel my hair standing on end. The girl who keeps getting in front of the soldier who’s crouching and getting ready to fire his rifle at 1:22 is amazing. Talk about being on fire! And that’s a perfect song for the video and a perfect video for the song.

      I hope they submitted this video essay to the “Strike a Match” story contest that Alicia Keys has on her website and facebook page. If that doesn’t move her, nothing will.

      • annie on June 10, 2013, 11:26 pm

        The girl who keeps getting in front of the soldier who’s crouching and getting ready to fire his rifle at 1:22 is amazing.

        i do believe that is the phenomenal palestinian american activist Huwaida Arraf, co founder of ISM.

    • eGuard on June 10, 2013, 7:14 pm

      I copy that. Alicia Keys: don’t do Israel.

  2. ToivoS on June 10, 2013, 6:41 pm

    This Alicia Keys sounds like one very naive person. She is probably too stupid to see what she is doing but one would think she has some handlers that might see that this is a poor career choice. To make it so, avoid her concerts, avoid her music.

  3. justicewillprevail on June 10, 2013, 6:54 pm

    Great video, great imagery. If Alicia Keys wants some inspiration, something to write about, she should watch this. She might even learn something. However, I expect she is too wrapped up in her celebrity bubble to even have a clue what is going outside of her comfortable existence.

  4. DissedStance on June 10, 2013, 7:16 pm

    Imagine if Ms. Keys canceled her engagement in Israel. Then this song would
    actually earn the power and dignity this video gives it.

  5. Inanna on June 10, 2013, 10:02 pm

    Signed the petition weeks back but Alicia has decided to play Tel Aviv.

    In a statement to The New York Times, Ms. Keys said on Friday: “I look forward to my first visit to Israel. Music is a universal language that is meant to unify audiences in peace and love, and that is the spirit of our show.”

    Very cool video though, I’ll be sharing.

  6. Emma on June 10, 2013, 11:55 pm

    So cool. Thank you. Sending it around.

  7. Taxi on June 11, 2013, 1:00 am

    Great video.

    But Apartheid Alicia ain’t listening to the cries of justice, she’s listening to her ziomaster’s k-ching.

    • Talkback on June 11, 2013, 4:51 pm

      Again, why should she risk her long time companianship with her Jewish manager? I know I wouldn’t, if I were her age.

  8. thankgodimatheist on June 11, 2013, 8:01 am

    Found in the Israeli archives:
    American Jews write to Golda Meir: “Get rid of the Black Israelites now!”

    “Don’t let them pollute Israel. They are bad for Israel.

    If you keep them in Israel they will:
    1) Be a 5th column
    2) Demand welfare payments
    3) Cause high crime, prostitution, juvenile delinquency and racial problems in Israel.

    Keep all blacks from entering the country as immigrants. They will weaken Israel.”
    And more charming:
    “They spread venereal disease”

  9. Teresa on June 12, 2013, 10:44 pm

    Amazingly (given the typically dismaying fare on this channel), a BET (Black Entertainment Television) poll shows that 88% of respondents think that Keys should not play Israel. It seems as though the mainstream population among African Americans is beginning to make the connection between apartheid conditions in the US, South Africa and Israel.

  10. Talkback on June 13, 2013, 4:41 pm

    Alicia – Latinate form of Alice, from Old High German Adelheid. Sounds pretty much like Apartheid.

    Let’s call her Apartheid Keys.

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