Neil Young has said that he will play Israel in July. Young was born and raised in Canada, and Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East is petitioning him not to go through with the gig for the sake of “the human rights of the Palestinian people” and a just resolution of the conflict. He is also being implored to stay away by the group, Independent Jewish Voices.
The video above and the message below are from Independent Jewish Voices. The video of Young’s anthem against state violence, “Ohio,” uses extremely graphic photos of children killed and maimed in Vietnam and Palestine.
The letter in the appeal below is by IJV activist Miriam Meir.
4 dead in Ohio, 1400 dead in Gaza: will Neil Young listen?
Neil Young Honor the Treaties
Neil Young’s been fighting for what’s right his whole life. Tell him to heed the Palestinians’ call for freedom!
Being a Neil Young junkie, his recent announcement that he plans to perform in Israel has left me saddened and confused. After his recent tour in support of Indigenous rights in Canada, it doesn’t make sense to me that he’ll be turning his back on the rising tide of international support for Palestinian civil society, which has put out a call for a cultural boycott of Israel until Israel abides by international law and respects Palestinians’ human rights. Tell Neil Young NOW that you think he should reconsider and stand in solidarity with the Palestinian people in their non-violent struggle for freedom.
Young’s been a passionate defender of freedom throughout his career, writing songs like ‘Ohio’, protesting state violence against innocent civilians. While 4 Americans were shot dead at Kent State for protesting American war crimes in Southeast Asia, Israel shot dead 13 unarmed Palestinians (12 of whom were Israeli citizens) in 2001 during protests against Israel’s violent campaign in the West Bank. To this day, no Israeli has been held accountable. Will Neil Young stay silent?
Israel used white phosphorous–a highly incendiary chemical weapon–on the civilians of Gaza.
With 4 dead in Ohio, there were 1400 Palestinians murdered in Gaza, including roughly 400 children. The massacre took place during Israel’s horrific assault on the besieged territory during ‘Operation Cast Lead’. Will Neil Young listen to the Palestinians, or will he play to the tune of Israel’s Apache helicopters and Hellfire missiles? Tell Neil Young to do what’s right–stand up for human rights and social justice by refusing to play Israel…
In addition to signing IJV’s e-mail petition to Neil Young, sign this petition made by Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME).
If you have twitter, tweet Neil Young and include these popular hashtags: #palestine, #BDS, #cdnpoli. You can also use our hashtag #DontPlayIsrael.
If you have Facebook, post on his fan page, and share this message: http://mad.ly/25f874 on your social media.
Let’s hope that Neil Young will play in the region when The Wall finally comes down, singing his song ‘Keep on Rocking in the Free World’ with real meaning.
Movements and campaigns for the rights of Indigenous peoples like Honour the Treaties and Idle No More mirror the struggle for human rights by the Indigenous Palestinians. Neil Young should be commended for taking part in the Honour the Treaties tour in support of Indigenous rights on Turtle Island (North America). We should urge him to live up to this high moral standard by cancelling his concert in Israel.