Our time to stop Neil’s concert is getting short! Please watch and like/tweet the new video, sign the petition and tell Neil Young to “Honour the Boycott!”
Neil claimed in a recent speech to support indigenous people and farmers but he refuses to acknowledge the indigenous Palestinians or farmers and his scheduled concert in in Tel Aviv on July 17th would support Israeli Apartheid.
To quote Neil back to Neil: this is his defining moment, he can take a stand on the right side of history or he can sell out to make a few bucks. Neil’s own website refers to him as a “Lifetime Rocktivist” who played at the first concert for a free Nelson Mandela. But if Neil entertains and legitimizes Apartheid Israel, many will see him as a Disposable Hero of Hypocrisy.
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.
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.”
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.
Israel confines indigenous Palestinians to open air prisons and “Bantustans,” aka Reservations as world leaders and South African anti-Apartheid activists including 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.
For more information, please check out these open letters to Neil Young:
Indigenous Activist Eric Ritskes
South African Anti-Apartheid activist, Salim Vally
Trauma Surgeon and Professor Mads Gilbert of Norway who was in Gaza during Operation Cast Lead