Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Tell Interpol Not to Entertain Israeli Apartheid!

American post-punk band Interpol plans to perform in Israel later this month. Join the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (USACBI) -- a US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation member group -- in calling on Interpol to not entertain Israeli Apartheid!

Below is a sample email appeal, followed by sample tweets...

Email addresses: contact info@interpolnyc.com, nils@matadorrecords.com, frazer@murraychalmers.com
Sample Subject Line: Interpol - Stand up for human rights!

Dear members and management of Interpol,

During the past month, tent cities have sprung up all over the State of Israel. Israeli citizens are protesting against their government's unfair policies: tax benefits to the rich, lack of public housing, underinvestment in infrastructure, privatization of social services and more.

However, although there may seem to be a revolutionary uprising in the Israeli public, modeled after the Arab Spring revolutions, one subject is taboo in the tents. Under the call for “unification” in Israeli society, social justice ends with Palestinians. The Palestinian people are denied some of the most elementary freedoms: the freedom of movement, the freedom to access their stolen agricultural land and the freedom to protest without facing life threatening violence: When they demonstrate against the Israeli government, they face brutal treatment. Their relatives in the Gaza strip are by no means luckier, living under constant siege. In the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan, kids are abducted from their houses, in violation of international law, and taken to violent police interrogations.

Israeli propaganda will gladly announce that you are coming to perform in "the only Democracy in the Middle East", but your Palestinian fans in the Occupied Territories will not even be allowed to come to Tel Aviv and enjoy your performance. Furthermore, the Pic.Nic festival is produced by Shuki Weiss, who has a special relationship with the Israeli establishment. Mr. Weiss attended Knesset meetings which have led to draconian anti-democratic legislation to outlaw boycotts, and he sends Israeli politicians VIP tickets to concerts which he produces. This is not just corruption within the system, but corruption that serves to whitewash Israel’s war crimes against the Palestinian people, using international artists such as you.

You have an opportunity to stand with the oppressed. Please don’t play in apartheid Israel, until it complies with international law and ends the occupation over the occupied territories, recognizes full equality for its Palestinian citizens and respects and protects the Palestinian refugee’s right of return to their homes and properties.


[Your name]

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Use the sample tweets below or write your own. Click "Tweet Now!" for automatic tweeting.

Ethnic Cleansing is the real "Evil" @Interpol, Take a stand for rights & join us in #BDS until #Israel complies with Int'l Law
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"Turn on the bright lights" & see #Israel apartheid @Interpol Stand up for Palestinian rights #BDS
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@Interpol the real "Barricade" is the illegal #Israel Wall which steals #Palestine land for settlements Time to join #BDS
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@Interpol should be arresting #Israel War Criminals, not entertaining apartheid #BDS
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@Interpol, #Israel "Wrecking Ball" demolishes Palestinian homes daily dont help them conceal crimes with your performance #BDS
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