Cassandra Wilson boycotts Israel

US jazz vocalist and Grammy Award winner Cassandra Wilson pulled the plug on Israel when she cancelled her singing gig  at the Women’s Festival in Holon on February 4. The sultry-voiced singer listened to  appeals by boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) activists encouraging her to respect the Palestinian call for boycott. She joins several other prominent singers like Elvis Costello,Roger Waters and Santana,film directors Mike Leigh and Ken Loach, actors Meg Ryan and Dustin Hoffman in the growing isolation of Israel as an apartheid state. 500 Montreal artists along with 200 from Ireland have also raised voices of conscience.THE BDS Movement is a nonviolent attempt to bring the Jewish state to its senses and end its brutal occupation of the Palestinian people.

Israeli daily Ynet reported that Wilson announced, “as a human rights activist, I identify with the cultural boycott of Israel.”

The nasty tweeters began their assault immediately.Here is one neanderthal’s shot. “You are a racist and an anti-Semite and you still find work? Something must be done about that.”

Israeli activists from Boycott from Within,( who drafted an appeal to Wilson last week, asked her not to “support selective empowerment of women under Israeli apartheid.”
Sister Wilson did the right thing.

‘American propagandists for Israel are not giving up.A phony group calling themselves The Creative Community for Peace is active attempting to airbrush the apartheid state.They are like the “greenwashers” who try to portray their lousy environmental record by using ecological buzz words. Capitalism never sleeps witness those  Potemkin Villages constructed by the tobacco industry and oil barons to cast doubt on the deleterious effects of tobacco and climate change.You simply;y can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear.

Listen to the nonsense of the Creative Community for Peace based in Los Angeles.

As always Israel “is the only democracy in the Middle East (not however for Arabs. Their rap is that art really transcends politics and artists can really change things by “spreading their message of iove”.They brag about talking sense into pop diva Macy Gray convincing her that she is no politician—basically implying that she is really too dumb to unpack the situation.Just sing your great songs and “dialogue.” Your canceling will do nothing. As artists Against Apartheid sardonically commented,” This line of reasoning does not contextualize that Palestinian artists living under Israeli military rule cannot so easily spread a message of peace even a few miles without encountering and IDF tank, nor would they have been able to attend Macy Gray’s concert. Palestinians seeking equal rights and justice are calling for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, not imported entertainment.



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