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Brazilian civil society organizations | 21 April 2012

Brazilian civil society to Daniela Mercury: cancel your gig in Tel Aviv!

Dear Daniela Mercury
            Friends from Palestine that love your music contacted us when they knew of your intention of performing a show in Israel next May.
            In the context of the call made in 2005 for a Boycott, Disinvestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, inspired by the movement against the apartheid in South Africa, the Palestinian people asks all the renowned international artists to join the BDS movement canceling shows and presentations in Israel which promotes the continuation of the injustices of occupation.
            In October 2010 the South African leader Desmond Tutu, Nobel Prize of Peace for his struggle against the apartheid, appealed to the Opera of his country to cancel a presentation scheduled for Israel.  A show there harms the BDS campaign which intends to last until Israel accomplishes with the international law, ends the military occupation, the seizure of Palestinian lands and construction of colonies in these lands, respects human rights and the right of return of the expellee people to their lands and homes.
            A show in Israel is not a neutral act: it has a political message.  If an artist participate in this event he will be supporting violations of the international law and will project a false image of normality.  No excuse will hide the fact that he will cross an international picket supported by the civil society in Palestine and by peace loving peoples.  Actually, a message of fair peace given by the cancelation of your show will reach many more people, including Israelis. 
            Since the aggression of Israel to Gaza in December 2008 and January 2009, leaving 1400 Palestinian dead and committing war crimes exposed by the Goldstone Report, many international artists refused to play in Israel.  Since the attack of the Israeli navy to a ship with humanitarian aid aiming to Gaza in May 2010, the number of these artists has grown.  Elvis Costello, Gil Scott Heron, Carlos Santana, Devendra Banhart and The Pixies are some that refused to perform in Israel this year.  Roger Waters is another example of a public person denouncing the violations of human rights in Israel and in his recent tour in Brazil he supported the BDS campaign.
            We ask you to join the crescent list of artists attending the boycott.  Desmond Tutu said that "if the apartheid was finished, this occupation will also be finished, but the international pressure and the moral strength must be similar." 
            We will be happy to deeper analyze this matter with you and support you in what be necessary.  We invite you to participate in this noble movement not only for the Palestinian people but for Humanity.
            With respect and admiration,
Front in Defense of the Palestinian People
União Democrática das Entidades Palestinas no Brasil
Comitê Catarinense de Solidariedade ao Povo Palestino
Comitê de Solidariedade à Luta do Povo Palestino do Rio de Janeiro
Centro Cultural Árabe-Palestino Brasileiro de Mato Grosso do Sul
Sociedade Árabe-Palestina de Corumbá 
Comitê Árabe-Palestino do Brasil
Sociedade Palestina de Santa Maria
Centro Cultural Árabe-Palestino Brasileiro do Rio Grande do Sul 
Sociedade Palestina de Brasília
Sociedade Palestina de Chuí
Frente Palestina da USP (Universidade de São Paulo)
Sociedade Islâmica de Foz do Iguaçu
Sociedade Islâmica do Paraguai
Associação Islâmica de São Paulo
Coletivo de Mulheres Ana Montenegro
Movimento Mulheres em Luta
Marcha Mundial das Mulheres
PCB – Partido Comunista Brasileiro
PSTU – Partido Socialista dos Trabalhadores Unificado
MST – Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra
MTST – Movimento dos Trabalhadores Sem Teto e da Resistência Urbana – Frente Nacional de Movimentos
MDM – Movimento pelo Direito à Moradia / SP
MTL – Movimento Terra, Trabalho e Liberdade
Fepac – Federação Paulistana das Associações Comunitárias  
CUT – Central Única dos Trabalhadores
CSP-Conlutas – Central Sindical e Popular-Coordenação Nacional de Lutas
Mopat – Movimento Palestina para Tod@s
Ciranda Internacional da Comunicação Compartilhada
Assembleia Nacional dos Estudantes – Livre
Sindicato dos Metalúrgicos de São José dos Campos
Coletivo de Juventude dos Metalúrgicos do ABC
Sindicato dos Metalúrgicos da Grande Porto Alegre
Andes-SN – Sindicato Nacional dos Docentes do Ensino Superior
Sintusp – Sindicato dos Trabalhadores da USP (Universidade de São Paulo)
Apropuc – Associação dos Professores da PUC-SP (Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo)
Sindicato dos Metroviários de São Paulo
Federação Nacional dos Metroviários
Grupo M19
SOS Racismo, Portugal
Movimento Pelos Direitos do Povo Palestino e pela Paz no Médio Oriente (Portugal)
Comitê de Solidariedade com a Palestina, Portugal
GAP - Grupo Acção Palestina, Porto, Portugal 
Panteras Rosa - Frente de Combate à LesBiGay Transfobia, Portugal
Amyra El Khalili – economista
Clovis Pacheco Filho – sociólogo e jornalista
Claudio Daniel - poeta
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Posted on 22-04-2012

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