Brazilian singer and songwriter Gilberto Gil has cancelled a performance that was scheduled in Israel this summer, citing â€śgeneral sentiment of apprehension.â€ť
The legendary Grammy and Latin Grammy Award winner, once Brazilâ€™s Culture Minister and now considered one of Latin Americaâ€™s most prominent and influential musicians, was supposed to perform in the city of Tel Aviv on July 4, but cancelled the performance, in what seems to be a response to Israelâ€™s crimes against the Palestinian people, over the past few weeks.
According to WAFA, Gil sent a letter to the concertâ€™s producers addressing the cancellation, and said: â€śThe general sentiment of all is one of apprehension as Israel is going through this sensitive moment.â€ť
Although he didnâ€™t mention Gaza or Palestinians, the â€śsensitive momentâ€ť is thought, most likely, to be a reference to the recent Israeli army massacre in the Gaza Strip, which left 63 Palestinians dead, including children, during a protest on May 14.
Hind Awwad, from the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), also a member of the Palestinian BDS National Committee, commented: â€śWe warmly welcome Gilberto Gilâ€™s cancellation of his concert in Tel Aviv, the center of Israelâ€™s regime of occupation and apartheid. We thank Gilâ€™s fans in Brazil and across Latin America whose outrage over Israelâ€™s latest massacre in Gaza and support for Palestinian human rights seem to have played a decisive role in his decision.â€ť
She added: â€śBy cancelling this show, Gil is in the good company of many world-renowned artists who have refused to art-wash Israelâ€™s regime of oppression, including Lorde, Lauryn Hill, Elvis Costello, Brian Eno, the late Gil Scott-Heron, Faithless, Roger Waters, among many others.
â€śWe sincerely hope that Gil will never perform in Israel until Palestinians enjoy freedom, justice, and equality.â€ť
Celebrities, elected officials and influencers turned to social media to express their outrage at Israelâ€™s killing of Palestinians marching for their freedom and protesting US President Donald Trump’s move of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
These included Chelsea Handler, Bette Midler, Rowan Blanchard, Judd Apatow, Ava DuVerney, Jeffrey Wright, Marc Lamont Hill, Morgan Freeman, rapper Vic Mensa, Senator Bernie Sanders, Rep. Marc Pocan, Rep. Betty McCollum, Rep. Barbara Lee, Reza Aslan, NFL player Oday Aboushi, WWE fighter Sami Zayn, journalist Rula Jebrael and more who have joined a growing chorus of high-profile influencers speaking out against Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.
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