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This petition won 5 years ago

Petition to Beyonce

Don't Play Apartheid Israel

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  

Angélica Becerra
2,766 supporters
This petition won 6 years ago

Petition to President Obama, Derek Mitchell, Michael Posner, Kurt Campbell, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

President Obama: Speak Out Against Ethnic Cleansing in Burma

My name is Aisha, when I was 1 year old, my parents fled our homeland in Burma to seek safety, first in Malaysia and now in the United States. I am from the ethnic and religious minority, the Rohingya. The systemic persecution of my people that caused my parents to flee with me when I was a baby has escalated to brutal levels over the past few months. I fear the ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya that remain in Burma, including members of my own family. I am starting this campaign because my fellow Rohingya brothers and sisters in Burma will continue to be brutally persecuted without the help of President Obama and the American people. No human being deserves to beaten, killed or starved to death because of their ethnic and religious identity -- please stand up for the dignity and humanity of the Rohingya people. That is why I am calling on President Obama to speak out against ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya Muslim minority in western Burma during his historic trip to Burma  and demand an action plan from the Burmese government to stop the violence. Over the past several months, what was originally described as inter-communal violence between the Rakhine Buddhists and Rohingya Muslim communities, has turned into the systematic targeting of Rohingya communities, killing hundreds of Rohingya, displacing more than 100,000 ethnic Rohingya people in Arakan/Rakhine state in Western Burma. Targeted violence against the Rohingya is expected to continue as both state authorities and local ethnic Rakhine have forcibly prevented humanitarian aid workers and assistance from reaching displaced communities. The Rohingya minority population in Arakan/Rakhine state in Western Burma have long been considered by the United Nations to be one of the most persecuted minorities in the world. Government and societal racism against the ethnic minority Rohingya is at an all time high. Burma’s President Thein Sein said the only solution is for the Rohingya to be rounded up into camps and expelled from Burma. Given the alarming remarks by the President of Burma, the systematic violence carried out by state authorities and local Rakhine communities, it is imperative President Obama leads the effort to prioritize an end to the ethnic cleansing of the ethnic Rohingya minority during his trip. Photo Credit: Digital Democracy

Aisha Shashudin
69,443 supporters