Sunday, July 24, 2011

USACBI Alert: Will you tell Renée Fleming to cancel her trip to Israel?

The US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI) is a coalition member of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation.

USACBI Alerts, July 23, 2011

We are asking BDS supporters to get the word out and tell Renée Fleming, an American soprano, to cancel her July 27th performance in Israel! See the letter from BRICUP urging her to respect Palestinian rights and not cross the international picket line: or read the letter to Renée from Israeli activists:

Tweet your BDS message or post it on Facebook.
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Even your voice cant drown out the bulldozers demolishing Palestinian homes & dreams Stand up for humanrights @reneesmusings #BDS
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Ethnic Cleansing is a crime Dont cross our picket line! Support the Palestinian call for equal rights @reneesmusings #BDS
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Colonization of #Palestine land is illegal dont entertain violations of humanity and law @reneesmusings #BDS
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@reneesmusings dont let your beautiful voice be used to whitewash #Israel war crimes Stand up against oppression #BDS
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Sample email:

To email Renée Fleming, contact,
Subject Line: Renée Fleming – don’t cross the international picket line!

Dear Renée Fleming,

We would like to inform you of a few important details.

The venue which has been selected for your concert in Jerusalem, Binyanei Hauma, is owned by the Jewish Agency and the Jerusalem municipality (

The Jewish Agency has been a key player in Israel’s violent colonization project throughout the occupied West Bank (

The Jerusalem Municipality is a racist authority which demolishes Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem, and severely discriminates against Jerusalem’s Palestinian population (

A performance by prominent international artists like you serves to whitewash the Jewish Agency and the Jerusalem Municipality’s complicity in severe violations of human rights and international law, and legitimize its wrongful conduct.

Moreover, Palestinian fans of classical music living under Israeli military occupation will not be allowed to come to any venue in Jerusalem and enjoy your performance!

Palestinian civil society has called for a boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel’s policies of apartheid, racism and occupation.

In view of these details, should you, as a conscientious artist, perform at Binyanei Hauma, and in Jerusalem, under such circumstances?