This website has moved but this site will still be visible as an arhive.
PACBI-Roger Waters to Robbie Williams: Your decision to play in Tel Aviv gives succor to Netanyahu and his regime, and endorses their deadly racist policies


News and Opinion >
Bookmark and Share         Print   Send Email

Roger Waters | Salon | 28 April 2015

Roger Waters to Robbie Williams: Your decision to play in Tel Aviv gives succor to Netanyahu and his regime, and endorses their deadly racist policies

Robbie Williams:

 
 

One of the most horrifying incidents during Israel’s massive assault on Gaza last summer was the killing of four Palestinian boys playing soccer on a beach.  This war crime was meticulously documented by human rights organizations and by journalists on the scene at the Al-Deira Hotel. NBC correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin tweeted that just minutes prior he had joined the children in their soccer game.  War-hardened journalists tweeted their eyewitness distress.

I bring up this gruesome scene because popular UK entertainer Robbie Williams, soon to play a May 2 concert in Tel Aviv, is known to be a huge soccer fan.  He is also UNICEF’s UK ambassador and a declared supporter of its Children in Danger campaign. Yet, sadly, when it comes to Palestinian children, like those killed on that beach in Gaza that day, Williams is showing a chilling indifference to their well-being.

London Palestine Action has pointed to his hypocrisy in that he purports to represent UNICEF while preparing to play a gig in Tel Aviv: “We hope UNICEF will remain steadfast in defense of children’s rights, including Palestinian children, and ask Robbie Williams to either cancel his Tel Aviv show or, step down as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador…”

UNICEF, as declared in its mission statement, insists that “the survival, protection and development of children are universal development imperatives that are integral to human progress.”

Dear Robbie, playing this concert on May 2 would be giving your tacit support to the deaths of over 500 Palestinian children last summer in Gaza, including the four soccer players on the beach in Gaza, and condoning the arrest and abuse of hundreds of Palestinian children each year living under Israeli occupation, as has been documented by UNICEF itself. 

http://www.salon.com/2015/04/28/roger_waters_to_robbie_williams_your_decision_to_play_in_tel_aviv_gives_succor_to_netanyahu_and_his_regime_and_endorses_their_deadly_racist_policies/

Posted on 04-05-2015


  Bookmark and Share         Print   Send Email  
   


   
 

 






Advanced search

         

 



About the Campaign

History
Who We Are
PACBI Call for Boycott
Palestinian BDS Call
PACBI Statements

PACBI Guidelines and Positions

Academic Boycott
Cultural Boycott
Risala Editorials
Other Key Documents
Campaign Resources

Reference Documents
Useful Links
Books
Toolkit
FAQ
News & Opinion

Initiatives

Palestinian
International


PACBI, P.O.Box 1701, Ramallah, Palestine pacbi@pacbi.org
All Rights Reserved © PACBI