Don't Play Apartheid Israel
  • Petitioned Beyonce

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Don't Play Apartheid Israel

    1. Angélica Becerra
    2. Petition by

      Angélica Becerra

      Los Angeles, CA

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March 2014

Victory

Angélica Becerra: A representative of our decision maker (Beyoncé) was asked if the reports of her planning to perform in Israel were true. This pressure came as a direct result of thousands of fans in solidarity with Palestine who took to social media and this petition to express their concern and outrage. After the Associated Press reported that the rumors were false and Beyoncé did not plan on performing in Tel Aviv, we are confident that the thousands of signatures did not fall on deaf ears.

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:

http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/1.580179

 

"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 
http://www.bdsmovement.net/bdsintro 


What is cultural boycott? 
http://www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=1047

*From Robin D. G. Kelley: Letter from a West Bank Refugee Camp 
http://www.usacbi.org/2013/06/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 
http://www.endtheoccupation.org/article.php?id=3626

 

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Beyoncé WILL NOT Perform in Apartheid!

      Angélica Becerra
      Petition Organizer

      AMAZING NEWS!

      A Beyoncé representative has confirmed to the Associated Press that she DOES NOT plan to perform in Israel this June and claims that the reports were false. I'd like to believe and hope that the thousands of you who expressed your outrage at her even remotely considering performing for apartheid did not fall on deaf ears. Thank you so much for taking time out of your life and signing this petition. Your eloquent and passionate statements calling for solidarity with our Palestinian brothers and sisters are a powerful example of humanity. This petition started as a spontaneous act and turned into a beautiful display of solidarity with Palestine. May we keep on fighting, may we never rest until Palestine is free.

      https://twitter.com/APEntertainment/status/446758897836367873

      Twitter / APEntertainment: @Beyonce won't be heading to ...

      @Beyonce won't be heading to Israel for a concert. Her rep tells @APEntertainment that reports about Bey performing in Tel Aviv are false.

    2. Reached 2,500 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • john tymon LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 7 months ago

      Apartheid racism is the worst manifestation of racism - do not play with this killer of men, women and children

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    • Timothy Zhovreboff SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • 7 months ago

      Qrl, come on, use your head.

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    • David Pacheco STATEN ISLAND, NY
      • 7 months ago

      Nobody should suffer like the Palestinians.

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      • 7 months ago

      I want people all around the world to understand what is going on in Israel. If Beyoncé cancel this concert it would maybe have an impact on the world opinion.

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    • Ayan Nur LOS GATOS, CA
      • 7 months ago

      b/c

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