Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Tell Shakira & Gerard Pique - Please Sing Freedom for Palestine!

According to YNet News, Shakira and Gerard Piqué are planning to visit Israel, attend a Presidential Conference, and hold a press conference with Shimon Peres!

Here are some sample Tweets to ask Shakira not to entertain Israeli apartheid! - TWEET NOW!
Israel uses the Shakira "Laundry Service" to whitewash their crimes. http://www.facebook.com/l/17ab3azv3_SyBL2d1YW3Fqimhgg/bit.ly/BDSshakira #BDS #Palestine #Israel @Shakira

"Whenever, Wherever" is right for love, wrong for settlements in occupied Palestine. http://www.facebook.com/l/17ab3azv3_SyBL2d1YW3Fqimhgg/bit.ly/BDSshakira #BDS #Israel @Shakira

“Hips don't lie” but Israel does. Don't help hide Apartheid, cancel your trip! http://www.facebook.com/l/17ab3azv3_SyBL2d1YW3Fqimhgg/bit.ly/BDSshakira #BDS #Israel @Shakira

Israel: "Underneath Your Clothes" is occupation and oppression. Stand up for Palestinian rights, Shakira! #BDS #Israel @Shakira

Love's La Tortura is less painful than Israel's. Stand against Israeli torture of Palestinian political prisoners. #BDS #Israel @Shakira

Below is a letter from Israeli citizens to Shakira and Gerard Piqué, calling on them to "Sing Freedom for Palestine Instead of Endorsing Shimon Peres and Israeli Apartheid."

June 17 , 2011

Dear Shakira and Gerard Piqué

We are a group of Israeli citizens and residents, Jews and Palestinians; many of us have been fans of your music.

We recently learned that you have been invited to the Israeli Presidential Conference. We hope that you will allow us to explain why you should refuse to participate in international cultural events facilitated by the Israeli establishment and its most senior leaders.

The Israeli State has initiated a rebrand' campaign in order to distract attention from Israel's ongoing violations of Palestinian human rights and legitimize its senior politicians, like Shimon Peres. Your participation in the Israeli Presidential Conference will endorse this campaign.

We realize that cancelling at this late stage may seem drastic, but this should be understood in the context of Israel's utilization of international cultural events to construct a facade of normalcy to a reality in which 1.6 million Palestinians (44% of which are children under the age of 14) are kept under siege in Gaza, 2.5 million are kept under martial-law in the West Bank with no civil rights, and millions more are subject to racially discriminating laws inside Israel.

If you attend the Presidential Conference, you will accept that that a Palestinian fan of your work living under Israeli occupation will not be allowed by law – and denied by an illegal wall built on annexed private Palestinian land, fences and military checkpoints – the chance to attend it.

Hundreds of artists, academics, filmmakers, and writers worldwide have expressed their support for the human rights based Boycott Divestment and Sanctions movement, and recognized its pivotal role in the process of bringing an end to Israel's systematic human-rights violations.

Read the rest of the letter and view signatories here...