Dear Catherine Ringer,
The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) urges you to cancel your 19th December show at Barby club in apartheid Tel Aviv.
During Israelâs 2014 massacres in Gaza that killed more than 2,200 Palestinians, including more than 500 children, Barby made and handed out free t-shirts to armed, uniformed Israeli forces with the clubâs logo and the words âfuck you, weâre from Israelâ.
Last week, Israeli fighter jets and drones attacked the Gaza Strip, where two million Palestinians, mostly refugees, suffer under Israelâs 12-year siege. 34 Palestinians, including an entire family of eight, were killed, just a short drive from Barby club.
Barbyâs shameless celebration of ongoing Israeli war crimes is only the most glaring example of its complicity in Israelâs far-right regime of apartheid and military occupation.
Though Israelâs oppression against Palestinians is by now decades old, today Palestinians face an emergency. Emboldened by unprecedented levels of support from the Trump administration, Israel hasÂ entrenched apartheidÂ against Palestinians with Israeli citizenship,Â shot thousandsÂ of unarmed protesters in the Gaza Strip, andÂ pledged to annexÂ the occupied West Bank.
The cultural boycott of Israel, part of the nonviolent and anti-racist Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, is now supported by thousands of artists worldwide, despite the best efforts of Israeli government-linked lobby groups, such as the so-called âCreative Community for Peaceâ. Instead of receiving the expected forty to fifty thousand tourists in apartheid Tel Aviv for Eurovision last May, for instance, Israel barely received 5,000.
You would not have performed in apartheid South Africa, and indeed your duo Les Rita Mitsouko did not cross that picket line. We urge you to cancel your shows in apartheid Israel.
PACBI is a founding member of the largest Palestinian coalition that leads the global BDS movement for Palestinian rights.
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Christopher Carlson is a full-time student of Religious Studies at Mount Mercy University, USA. He has been with the IMEMC since 2013. (email@example.com)