BDS Rejoices! Shakira Will Not Perform For Israel In July, 2018

TeleSur English         Tues., May 29, 2018

After months of intense campaigning by pro-Palestinian activists and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, popular Colombian pop singer Shakira will not be performing in Israel in July, entertainment company Live Nation announced Tuesday.

“We welcome news that Shakira will not be performing in Tel Aviv, dashing Israel’s hopes to use her name to art-wash its latest massacre in Gaza,” the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, said in a tweet celebrating the news. “Artists, especially UN Goodwill Ambassadors, have a moral duty not to be complicit in covering up human rights violations & apartheid.”

The concert producer Live Nation tweeted Monday night that the report by an Israeli TV station few weeks ago that Shakira was going to perform in Israel was incorrect, despite being reported on widely by Israeli media and others for weeks before the firm decided to debunk the claim.

“The media has incorrectly reported that Shakira will be performing in Tel Aviv this summer. While no dates this summer will work, Shakira and Live Nation hope to bring a show to her fans in Israel in the future.”

Several Israeli news outlets in fact reported on the news and carried the report from Hadashot TV without questioning it. Since the release of the report the BDS and other pro-Palestine activists launched a peaceful campaign calling on Shakira to cancel the reported concert.

The most recent letter to Shkira highlighted the Israeli brutal crackdown on Gaza protesters two weeks ago when Palestinians in both West bank and Gaza protested the U.S. embassy opening in Jerusalem which also coincided with the marking of Nakba, or Catastrophe, day which commemorates the suffering inflicted on Palestinians when the state of Israel was founded in 1948.

At least 61 people were killed in one day by Israeli snipers on the border between Gaza and Israel while more than 1,000 were injured.

“Performing in an apartheid state, whether South Africa in the past or Israel today, in defiance of the voices of the oppressed always undermines the popular struggle of the oppressed to end oppression,” Dozens of Palestinian cultural organizations said in a letter to the Grammy Award-winning pop star and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador Shakira on May 24.

“Doing so on the heels of a full-fledged Israeli massacre against our people in Gaza is a morally reprehensible whitewash of the crime.”

he letter went on to describe the recent carnage in Gaza among other repressive and criminal policies implemented by Israel against the Palestinians.

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About ron abbass

Because of my last name, there are some who might think I'm a Muslim. I'm an older student of the bible and I regard myself as Christian-other. That is, I was baptized in a Torah-keeping assembly. I'm one who tries his best to follow Yayshua, the Messiah (Christ) by keeping the commandments, the dietary laws, the weekly Sabbath and the annual Sabbaths (Holy Days) instituted and ordained by the great I AM, the Creator-God of Israel. I reject the holidays and festivals invented by the Roman church. Truth-seeking is my present passion. Presently, I do a lot of research into the World Wars, the mass media, the Holocaust, Zionism, Health Issues, 9/11 and the power brokers who are behind the New World Order that is gradually being established mainly in the Western Nations. Many prognosticators (prophets) both secular and religious are warning us that we are living "On the Eve of Destruction" - the last days. There's a very good chance a nuclear tsunami will eventually visit many nations. Peace and blessings to all who love the truth and hate the lies.
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