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Nora Barrows-Friedman | Electronic Intifada | February 21, 2012

Singer Cassandra Wilson cancels Israel show: "I identify with the cultural boycott of Israel"

US jazz vocalist Cassandra Wilson has canceled her gig this weekend at the Women’s Festival in Holon, following appeals by boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) activists encouraging her to respect the Palestinian call for boycott. She took a public political stand just before she was due to board a plane to Tel Aviv. 

Israeli daily Ynet reported (in Hebrew, translated) that Wilson announced, “as a human rights activist, I identify with the cultural boycott of Israel.” The report also stated that concert promoters are considering legal action against her. 

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.”

Cassandra Wilson joins a lengthening list of international scholars, artists and performers who have refused to appear in Israel due to the government’s apartheid policies against Palestinians. 

 

http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/nora/singer-cassandra-wilson-cancels-israel-show-i-identify-cultural-boycott-israel

Posted on 21-02-2012


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