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Tell Kanye West: Don’t be ‘heartless’ — Don’t play apartheid Israel!

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You can sign the following petition from Jews for Palestinian Right of Return on Change.org or follow the campaign on Facebook.

Dear Kanye West,

We most urgently ask you to respect the growing international movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) by canceling your September 30 concert in Israel, a racist regime that Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and other veteran freedom fighters have described as worse than apartheid South Africa.

BDS demands an end to the occupation of Palestinian land, full equality for Palestinian citizens of Israel, and right of return for refugees throughout historic Palestine.

Roger Waters, Lauryn Hill, Snoop Dogg, Stevie Wonder, Sting, Elvis Costello, Sinead O’Connor, Brian Eno, Carlos Santana, Gil Scott-Heron, Yasiin Bey, and many other artists have honored BDS by refusing to perform for apartheid Israel. Hundreds of other cultural workers have endorsed the U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.

The need is more urgent than ever. In 2014, 2,200 people (including 551 children) were murdered in Israel’s 51-day assault on Gaza. This past July, Ali Dawabsheh, 18-months old, was burnt alive in an arson attack on his home in Douma in the occupied West Bank. Hours later, 14-year-old Laith Khalidi died when Israeli occupation forces shot at civilians protesting baby Ali’s death.

Such injustice is but the latest chapter in more than a century of Zionist colonialism, dispossession, ethnic cleaning, and genocide—including Israel’s very establishment through the uprooting and displacement of over 750,000 Palestinians during the 1947-1948 Nakba (Catastrophe). Indeed, eighty percent of the 1.8 million people sealed into Gaza are refugees.

For these reasons, more than 1,000 Black activists, artists, and scholars—including Angela Davis, Cornel West, Mumia Abu-Jamal, Talib Kweli, The Dream Defenders, Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, and the Organization for Black Struggle-St. Louis—have signed the 2015 Black Solidarity Statement with Palestine, which embraces BDS and “urge[s] people of conscience to recognize the struggle for Palestinian liberation as a key matter of our time.”

You spoke truth to power in 2005 by declaring, “George Bush doesn’t care about black people.” Won’t you stand up for justice today by showing you care about the Palestinian people?

Sign the petition here

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  1. amigo
    amigo
    September 10, 2015, 3:38 pm

    Done.

  2. a blah chick
    a blah chick
    September 10, 2015, 4:30 pm

    You would think that he and Kim would at least be aware of the treatment of the Armenian community. Sell out.

  3. Marnie
    Marnie
    September 12, 2015, 2:58 am

    It seems as though the only “acts” that can be bought to entertain zionists are those who are in their sunset years in terms of popularity or relevance in the rest of the world, for example, Rolling Stones (seriously, you could be entered for nothing and by much more likable folks in a senior center), Robbie Williams, Mariah Carey, Bon Jovi (so 1986) and now Kanye Kardashian. The under 25 age group has to settle for the music of their parents and in some cases, grandparent’s generation. Awwwwwww.

  4. edwardm
    edwardm
    September 12, 2015, 5:09 pm

    That no-talent assclown can go to Israel and stay there for all I care. They deserve him there. Maybe he and “king without a crown” can share a flat in Tel Aviv. Oh wait! not gonna happen – they don’t want black people moving there. Oh the irony!

  5. RoHa
    RoHa
    September 12, 2015, 11:00 pm

    I’ve seen this name “Kanye West” several times, now. Who is he, and why is he important?

    • annie
      annie
      September 13, 2015, 12:12 am

      google is your friend. so is youtube

    • Mooser
      Mooser
      September 13, 2015, 12:51 am

      “Who is he, and why is he important?”

      Who is he? Kanye West is in (the lead!) a wonderful singing group called “The Four Directions” with two brothers Kanye North and Kanye South, and his very talented sister Kanye East. She might be a cousin. Doesn’t matter, really. Their latest record is “You Can’t Get There From Here” b/w “Love is a Great Circle Route”.

      • Citizen
        Citizen
        September 13, 2015, 10:44 am

        Here, let me school you on Kanye West: http://thedailybanter.com/2015/03/own-good-can-we-please-stop-calling-kanye-west-a-genius/

        Dumb as a box of rocks & bloated with ego inflation, just like his wife. Both perfect goy stooges. Dance & sing, make music; otherwise he’s a bad joke. Sorta like the protagonist played by Malkovich in that 1996 movie, The Ogre.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        September 13, 2015, 2:22 pm

        Well, I read this morning that the group is breaking up. They realized (or so the publicist said) they were headed different ways musically. Too bad, but inevitable, I suppose. But it makes no difference how they carry on, please don’t talk about them when they’re gone.

    • eljay
      eljay
      September 13, 2015, 2:40 pm

      || RoHa: I’ve seen this name “Kanye West” several times, now. Who is he, and why is he important? ||

      He is Mr. Kim Kardashian and he’s important for being (in his mind) the closest thing to God on Earth.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        September 13, 2015, 8:38 pm

        I’ve seen the name “Kardashian” as well, connected with a TV show. Isn’t it a soap opera about the sufferings of some poor Armenian refugees, or something of that sort?

      • echinococcus
        echinococcus
        September 14, 2015, 1:08 am

        That’s the only Armenian Genocide show that AIPAC hasn’t threatened to close.

      • eljay
        eljay
        September 14, 2015, 4:44 am

        || RoHa: I’ve seen the name “Kardashian” as well, connected with a TV show. Isn’t it a soap opera about the sufferings of some poor Armenian refugees, or something of that sort? ||

        I don’t know if it’s also about suffering people, but I’m pretty sure it is about insufferable people. ;-)

  6. Citizen
    Citizen
    September 13, 2015, 10:39 am

    Tickets are about $85.00 each; I’m sure he is totally ignorant, like his wife, that he’s viewed as cultural propaganda for Israel to divert attention from Israel’s criminal acts. If not ignorant, just greedy. http://www.viagogo.com/Concert-Tickets/Rap-Hip-Hop-Reggae/Kanye-West-Tickets/E-1159781?AffiliateID=3000&PCID=AFFGBIAFF03000A4A437C773-10-kanye-west

  7. b.grand
    b.grand
    September 13, 2015, 3:32 pm

    There is another petition to sign. Here is the slug I just submitted to MW. Hopefully, they will publish it with its own headline, as Annie Robbins suggested.

    SUPPORT the US Petition to ARREST NETANYAHU for WAR CRIMES

    In the spirit of the successful British petition to hold Netanyahu responsible for the massacre of over 2000 civilians in Gaza last year, on September 8 a similar petition was started here in the US. The White House promises an official response if any petition garners 100,000 signatures within one month. The clock is ticking!

    Netanyahu is scheduled to appear at the United Nations in NYC at the end of this month. We anticipate he will receive a greeting suitable for a war criminal.

    Help consolidate support for Palestine by signing this petition, then sharing widely. Social media, i.e. FB, Twitter, etc., is essential to generate the kind of exponential growth needed to meet the goal this quickly. If the Brits could do it, so can we!

    https://petitions.whitehouse.gov//petition/netanyahu-hold-talks-new-york-month-under-international-law-he-should-be-arrested-war-crimes

    Thanks for taking action!

    • Marnie
      Marnie
      September 15, 2015, 5:58 am

      Disappointed to see under 2000 signatures. Thanks for posting it, signed.

  8. Accentitude
    Accentitude
    September 20, 2015, 2:14 am

    Kim Kardashian is Armenian. The Armenian Genocide parallels the Israeli Occupation. Kanye and Kim have a moral obligation not to go to Israel. Of course, that’s if they knew half as much about the Armenian Genocide as they do about Prada Handbags and million dollar wardrobes.

    But I’m sure there’s a positive spin to this. Maybe Kanye West can auto-tune and remix Zionism. Bibi’s always been after a “harder, better, faster, stronger” war against little kids throwing pebbles at armored trucks.

    • RoHa
      RoHa
      September 20, 2015, 8:31 pm

      “Kim Kardashian is Armenian.”

      I’ve just checked. She isn’t Armenian. She’s American, so we cannot expect her to know anything about anything. (The Armenian Genocide has nothing to do with her, anyway. She was not involved in it )

      Kanye does have a moral obligation not to go to Israel, but that stems from the nature of Israel, not from anything to do with Kim.

      • Accentitude
        Accentitude
        September 22, 2015, 5:51 am

        For the record, Serj Tankian and his bandmates in System of a Down, are also Armenians and they recognize the parallels between Palestine and Armenia and that is also why they have been very vocal in their support of the BDS movement and refuse to play in Israel.

      • RoHa
        RoHa
        September 22, 2015, 7:16 pm

        No, they are Americans as well.

        I approve of their refusal to play in Israel, but I would approve more if that refusal stemmed from recognition of the evil nature of Israel, and not from ideas about their ancestry.

  9. Accentitude
    Accentitude
    September 22, 2015, 3:48 am

    Kim Kardashian’s father, Robert Kardashian, was Armenian. therefore Kim Kardashian, his biological daughter is Armenian. Obviously she had nothing to do with the Armenian genocide. I never said she did but you would think that an event so catastrophic and so important to the history of Armenian culture would have a little importance in shaping the geopolitical perspective of an Armenian American….and her spouse/father of her child. Particularly when it comes to playing for a country that is currently committing, and has been committing, similar acts of genocide against the indigenous Palestinian people.

    “Kanye does have a moral obligation not to go to Israel, but that stems from the nature of Israel, not from anything to do with Kim.”

    It absolutely should have something to do with his wife, in addition to…stemming from the nature of Israel. It doesn’t take a genius to see that there are common threads in the struggles of the Armenian people and the Palestinian people. Being close to one genocide, being morally outraged by it, and culturally sensitive to the history of it, should weigh on the decision to play in a country that is currently committing similar atrocities against another group of people elsewhere.

    • RoHa
      RoHa
      September 23, 2015, 1:05 am

      “Kim Kardashian’s father, Robert Kardashian, was Armenian. therefore Kim Kardashian, his biological daughter is Armenian.”*

      No, that just makes her an American with at least one Armenian ancestor.

      “Being close to one genocide, being morally outraged by it, and culturally sensitive to the history of it,”

      But she isn’t close to it. It was long ago and far away, and more so for her than for me. I was born closer in time and space to the Armenian Genocide.

      “should weigh on the decision to play in a country that is currently committing similar atrocities against another group of people elsewhere.”

      Why should it? What is the chain of moral reasoning that connects “closeness to one atrocity” with moral outrage towards similar atrocities against other people?

      (*I know a lot of people think in this way, but “commonly held” and “damned silly” are not, and never have been, mutually exclusive categories. It is our duty to resist such silliness, and not to pander to it.)

      • Accentitude
        Accentitude
        September 29, 2015, 3:50 am

        In regard to your comments about Serj Tankian, clearly you’ve never heard him speak about Israel and Palestine. He has been and still is a very strong supporter of Palestinian human rights. I suppose though, in your age you’d be excused for not knowing who they are or what they stand for. Unlike Rage against The Machine, they actually walk the walk but you probably don’t know who they are either.

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