We ask Beyoncé to stand on the side of justice and cancel her concert in Tel Aviv, Israel. She is scheduled to play to a segregated audience in Israel on June 15, 2014, the venue has not been confirmed. This boycott is "inspired by the struggle of South Africans against apartheid and in the spirit of international solidarity, moral consistency and resistance to injustice and oppression." Israel is a persistent violator of international law and has failed to respect fundamental human rights. She has recently used the words of feminist best-selling author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in her song "***Flawless", most notably the following excerpt: "Feminist: a person who believes in the social political, and economic equality of the sexes." If Beyoncé believes in the social and political equality of the sexes, she cannot perform in a country where Palestinian women and men alike are not given the opportunity to access social, poltiical and economic equality under occupation. Until Israel ends its occupation and oppression of the people of Palestine we ask you, as a person of conscience and a philanthropist, not to play in Israel. Beyoncé, please join us now in the cultural boycott of Israel, and help stop entertaining apartheid.
Haaretz article announcing Beyoncé's plans to play in Israel this June:
"The question of Palestine is thus an urgent question of a just and equitable future that is both specific to this context and to this people, and a general and paradigmatic global concern. To take a stand in solidarity with and to be involved in the struggle of Palestinians to resist and transform the conditions of their own dispossession and disposability – to join in their aspiration for collective freedom and self-determination – is also to participate in the remaking of global life, which cannot but be a paramount feminist act." - Neferti X. M. Tadiar
Article from Feminist Wire: Why The Question of Palestine is a Feminist Concern
What is Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) - an intro
What is cultural boycott?
*From Robin D. G. Kelley: Letter from a West Bank Refugee Camp
A statement from many prominent Black activists, writers, and academics affirming the use of the Jim Crow analogy in the case of the Palestine/ Israel context