KEEP ON ROCKIN' FOR A FREE WORLD, KEEP BOYCOTTIN' FOR PALESTINE!
Please watch and like/tweet the video (lyrics below) and then sign the petition and tell Neil Young to "Honour the Boycott!"
Neil Young has been referred to as "Rocktivist Lifer" and he recently headlined the "Honour the Treaties" Tour supporting the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nations in their legal fight against the Tar Sands. During that tour it was announced that Neil Young would be playing in Apartheid Israel on July 17. Today we are asking Neil Young to support the indigenous people of Palestine and "Honour the Boycott!"
In 2005, more than 170 grassroots Palestinian organizations called for a global campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against the State of Israel. The BDS campaign, including a cultural boycott, demands that Israel recognize the Palestinian people's inalienable right to self-determination and fully complies with the precepts of international law.
A growing list of progressive musicians are honouring the cultural boycott and refusing to "musicwash" Israel including: Natacha Atlas, Elvis Costello, Brian Eno, Gorillaz, Gil-Scott Heron, Salif Keita, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Santana, Pete Seeger, Roger Waters, and Stevie Wonder.
As Israel confines indigenous Palestinians to open air prisons and "Bantustans," world leaders and South African anti-Apartheid activists such as Jimmy Carter and Archbishop Desmond Tutu are accusing Israel of practicing Apartheid. International bodies such as the Russell Tribunal and the South African Human Sciences Research Council have also declared that Israel is guilty of the international crime of Apartheid.
Archbishop Tutu wrote to a South African music group that violated the Palestinian cultural boycott of Israel: "Just as we said during apartheid that it was inappropriate for international artists to perform in South Africa in a society founded on discriminatory laws and racial exclusivity, so it would be wrong for Cape Town Opera to perform in Israel."
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