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Israeli citizens to Jennifer Lopez – Please cancel your concert in Tel Aviv

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Editor’s Note: The following is an open letter  from Boycott! Supporting the Palestinian BDS call from within. Mondoweiss occasionally publishes press releases and statements from organizations in an effort to draw attention to overlooked issues.

Dear Jennifer Lopez,

We are Israeli citizens, opposed to our government’s policies of oppression, occupation, apartheid and ethnic cleansing against the indigenous Palestinian people. We have learned of your upcoming gig in Israel in August. We, therefore, write to ask you to respect the Palestinian call to boycott Israel and cancel your show here.

Please note that our colleagues at Code Pink have come up with a petition, and more than 3,000 conscientious people have signed it.

To understand why we are writing you, we would like to start off by saying that, much like Sun City in South Africa under the apartheid regime, the city of Tel Aviv, where you are about to perform, is used as a tool for marketing the State of Israel as a “cool” and “cultured” democracy, while hiding a brutal history of colonization, even that of the city itself. Tel Aviv sits atop the ruins of the Palestinian villages Al Mas’udyia, al-Jammasin al-Gharbi, al-Shaykh Muwannis, Salama and what was known as The Fisherman’s Village. The inhabitants of these communities were killed or expelled during the Nakba, the ethnic cleansing that Zionist militias (later to become Israel’s army) committed in 1948.

As we speak, since March 2018, Israel is committing an ongoing massacre in Gaza, of unarmed protesters who are calling for an end to the 11-year-long siege that Israel has imposed on them. This siege renders them prisoners of the biggest open-air prison in the world. In the past 15 months alone, Israel killed over 200 Palestinians and injured over 28,000, including children, medics and journalists.

In the West Bank, Israel has been employing a brutal, belligerent military regime for the past 50 years, while expanding its colonial settlement project. A recent report of the office of the United Nations High Commissioner of Human Rights has described this colonial project as “pervasive and devastating [violations of human rights], reaching every facet of Palestinian life”, thereby further listing a plethora of violations such as “restrictions on freedom of religion, movement and education; their rights to land and water; access to livelihoods and their right to an adequate standard of living; their rights to family life; and many other fundamental human rights.”

In a statement for ABC News, you called for the people of Puerto Rico to be “treated equally”, but Palestinians, both citizens of Israel and disenfranchised subjects of the Israeli occupation, are not treated equally. In fact, within Israel itself, Palestinian citizens are subjected to over 65 laws denying them basic equality and civil and human rights, culminating in its most recent act of legislation called the ‘Nation-State Law‘, which enshrines Israel’s discrimination into its equivalent of a constitution.

Unfortunately, whatever your intention is, Israel has already enlisted you in its service. When Elvis Costello cancelled his concert in Tel Aviv, he strikingly stated: “There are occasions when merely having your name added to a concert schedule may be interpreted as a political act that resonates more than anything that might be sung and it may be assumed that one has no mind for the suffering of the innocent”.

Jennifer, we see you as a conscientious artist. Palestinians suffer from heinous, unabated violations to their rights, freedom, and dignity. Please support them. Please Boycott Israel!


Boycott! Supporting the Palestinian BDS call from within

Boycott from Within

BOYCOTT! Supporting the Palestinian BDS Call from Within, commonly known as Boycott from Within, is an association of Jewish and Palestinian citizens of Israel who support the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement. Founded in 2008, it describes itself as following the guiding principles and sharing the goals of the Palestinian BDS movement, as delineated by Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI).

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  1. gamal on June 27, 2019, 12:13 pm

    “German Bank Closes Account of Jewish Voices for Peace Over BDS Support”

    “SHIR HEVER No, no. Other members of the board participated in the negotiation process and basically, we were quite optimistic about this negotiating process. We came with a very positive outlook to it and we thought the bank is actually willing to apologize for blaming us of anti-Semitism and arranging this investigation against us. The bank was also, understandably, under a lot of international pressure and also pressure inside Germany to close our account because it was generally understood that if a Jewish organization loses its account for supporting the BDS Movement, then every organization in Germany will have to. All the other organizations will have to announce that they reject BDS, otherwise their accounts will be closed as well in a very McCarthyistic way.

    So it was very important for us in that context to tell the bank that we want to keep our account with them as a symbolic issue and that we want to ensure that our existence in this bank is proof of the freedom of speech in Germany. But at some point, the bank just told us, either you publish a statement or sign a statement that we will write for you where you distance yourself from the BDS Movement and basically say that you reject it, or we will close your account. Of course, we will not accept this kind of thought control or political control. There is, according to the German Constitution, the right to free speech and free political expression is protected. The bank doesn’t seem to understand that, and they just told us that they were going to close our account.”

    • LiberatePalestine on June 27, 2019, 7:06 pm

      Consider a legal challenge. In many jurisdictions, the bank would have no right to discriminate against your organisation or impose political obligations on you.

  2. JoeSmack on June 27, 2019, 2:50 pm

    Hi, can anyone clarify what the nationality of these activists is?

    On a more serious note, could the BDS movement project its weakness any further than to tokenize some Israelis to be their speakers?

    • annie on June 27, 2019, 4:08 pm

      joe, the first link in their introduction goes to their site, there’s an option to “View Signatories”. they used to have a list of names but i think since israel passed some law a few years ago they don’t publish those names anymore (i could be wrong) but there are a list of organizations. they are all israelis, or people with residency permits, as well as those in the occupied territories. i think “within” means within the region controlled by the occupation regime.

      what do you mean “tokenize some Israelis to be their speakers”? you don’t think there are any israelis who support BDS and act with free will?

    • Kay24 on June 27, 2019, 4:23 pm

      There are many good Israeli people, who are against the occupation, and work hard on human rights issues (one being B’Tselem) regarding the Palestinians. Don’ t be surprised that there are many who could have written this.

      • RoHa on June 27, 2019, 9:21 pm

        I always find that hard to believe, but I suppose it is true.

  3. JustJessetr on June 27, 2019, 4:17 pm

    JLo! You can see how Palestinians are gaining land and money and their rights again because of the international picket line against Israel! You have to join!

    • echinococcus on June 28, 2019, 6:35 am

      Jesse the Just,

      Joining a picket line is a noble endeavor, of course, but getting rid of squabs, cops and backstabbers is much more effective.

      Your sadistic needling, coming from a known, hyperactive, at times hysterical Zionist anti-boycott soldier, is enough to show how much you guys fear the boycott.

      • JustJessetr on June 28, 2019, 9:39 am

        Whatever you call a Zionist, BDS is their best friend. You just can’t see how you’re being played. The hysteria coming from Israel is an act.

      • Mooser on June 28, 2019, 11:56 am

        “is enough to show how much you guys fear the boycott.”

        Gee, I don’t know, “Echin”. It might be prejudiced or bigoted not to take everything Zionists say at face value.

      • eljay on June 28, 2019, 3:07 pm

        || JustJessetr: Whatever you call a Zionist, BDS is their best friend. You just can’t see how you’re being played. The hysteria coming from Israel is an act. ||

        Zionists are extremely clever, which is why they’re so confident that their “Jewish State” project will last a Thousand Years! (and maybe forever).

  4. RoHa on June 28, 2019, 6:56 am

    She should cancel her concert. Not even the Israelis deserve to suffer that much.

  5. Misterioso on June 28, 2019, 9:44 am

    Just received from my Canadian friend:

    Petition update
    “Roger Waters Adds His Voice to #RaptorsDontGo” Video:

    Canadian BDS Coalition, Jun 27, 2019

    Breaking news
    “Roger Waters has sent a personal message to the Toronto Raptors players and their fans about the proposed trip to Israel for the Toronto Raptors.

    “Michael Bennett, when he turned down Brand Israel sports washing, quoted 1968 Olympian John Carlos saying ‘There is no partial commitment to justice, you are either in or you are out.’ Michael Bennett said I am in.

    “Roger Waters asks the Toronto Raptors players to join the commitment to justice, and say #RaptorsDontGo to Israel.

    “Roger Water speaks to Toronto Raptor fans and all people concerned about justice to join him in the call to the Raptors players to say no to sports-washing and say no to the proposed brand Israel trip offer by Raptor co-owner Larry Tanenbaum.”

    “You are one of over 6K people who have joined let the Raptors know you are on the side of justice.”

    Please continue to share the petition, and be part of the momentum to say #RaptorsDon’tGo.

    Twitter @Canadian_BDS
    Facebook: @BDSCoalition

  6. Marnie on June 29, 2019, 2:44 am

    The zionist state’s desire to look normal to the rest of the world is a continued exercise in futility. They are left to choose acts that are way past their prime, but still well within the range of their sell out date. Ricky Martin, Rolling Stones, McDonna, Bon Jovi and Jennifer Lopez. Hear the hits performed by your grandparents and parents favorites. What a joke. But zionists are insane, as most junkies end up being. Speaking of crazy ziojunkies, Miriam Adelson, the lovely bride of Sheldon Adelson, still rocking an 80s hair band doo, asks the question on every psychopath’s mind, which is why can’t there be a book of tRUMP added to the bible, in the vein of the book of Esther. Yeah Miriam, what’s another tall tale in a book that’s chock full of them?

    Miriam Adelson hopes there will be a biblical ‘Book of Trump’ | The …

    JTA — It isn’t news that Sheldon and Miriam Adelson are big fans of US President Donald Trump.

    The Republican mega-donors gave millions to Trump’s presidential campaign in 2016. But Miriam Adelson took it one step further on Thursday.

    The Israeli-American physician compared the president to biblical prophets in an article in which she asked why he has not enjoyed higher support among American Jews.

    “That this has not been the case (so far, the 2020 election still beckons) is an oddity that will long be pondered by historians,” Adelson wrote in an an article for Israel Hayom, of which she is the publisher.

    “Scholars of the Bible will no doubt note the heroes, sages, and prophets of antiquity who were similarly spurned by the very people they came to raise up.”

    Gaaaggg. The photo that accompanied this article, Miriam getting something from behind courtesy tRUMP, is proof she’s out of her mind on crack or something. Or is it being within sexual assault distance of the rapist-in-chief? I can’t fathom any woman who’d be that close to this predator, but it seems zionists kind of dig those types of encounters.

    • Marnie on June 29, 2019, 2:51 am

      I looked at a similar article about m. adelson that was in the jpost and all of the comments were completely antitrump and questioned the mental health of m. adelson, which was surprising.

    • LiberatePalestine on June 29, 2019, 10:32 am

      Isn’t there already a book of the Bible about tRump? I’m thinking of Lamentations.

  7. JustJessetr on June 29, 2019, 9:08 am

    Your comment about musicians past their prime is ageist, racist, and plain stupid on its face. Acts like the Stones base their longevity on Black American southern delta musicians who played blues well into their 90’s, and who got better with age. That’s the ageist part.

    If you think JLo is past her prime, you simply haven’t been paying attention. You racist, racist little girl.

    • Marnie on July 1, 2019, 6:46 am

      Thank you! Racist, plain stupid and ageist – well I guess I hit the trifecta! Holy shit, I haven’t been called a little girl since I actually was one and that was decades ago, JJ.

      You seriously compared the gold from the delta with the racist rolling stones. Are you paying attention?

      IMO, acts that aren’t in their prime (meaning popularity, relevance, etc.) don’t seem to want to play here. Feel free to make it about something else though!

      • Marnie on July 1, 2019, 1:01 pm

        Whoops. Acts that aren’t in their prime play here. Acts that are current, popular and relevant don’t want to play the white city.

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