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April 5, 2010

Boycott protesters halt Jerusalem Quartet broadcast in London

Protesters disrupted a lunchtime performance by the Israeli chamber music group the Jerusalem Quartet in London on March 29, halting a live BBC broadcast from the prestigious Wigmore Hall in central London.

Radio listeners heard classically trained soprano Deborah Fink, a member of Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods, singing the words “Jerusalem is occupied” before a BBC announcer interrupted the broadcast.

Fink continued singing lyrics highlighting Israeli apartheid
and ethnic cleansing until security staff removed her.

The protest, organised by Brighton and Hove Palestine Solidarity Campaign, continued as four other demonstrators intervened in the live concert at regular intervals. All were removed from the hall but no arrests were made.

Protest was aimed at the four Israeli musicians because, as cultural ambassadors for the State of Israel, they promote the interests of the state and provide a cultural veneer for its policies against the Palestinians.

Outside the Wigmore Hall, demonstrators handed out leaflets explaining to the audience Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestinian land, its ethnic cleansing of East Jerusalem, the apartheid nature of the Israeli state and its attempt to starve the people of Gaza into submission.

The Jerusalem Quartet issued a statement calling the protests “mistaken, ignorant and inconsiderate”. They said they were “musicians, not politicians” and held up the involvement of two of them with Daniel Barenboim’s Israeli-Arab West-Eastern Divan Orchestra as proof that they did not deserve to be confronted with protest.

However they made no reference to Israel’s injustices against the Palestinian people, nor to their participation in Israel’s 60th anniversary celebrations that Barenboim had refused to attend. They also kept quiet about Israeli state funding for their tour of Australia last year.

“Their claims that music is separate from politics are as baseless as the same arguments used against the cultural boycott of South African apartheid,” said one of the protesters.

Monday’s demonstration came the day before the 2nd Global Day of Action on Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Against Israel.

It also coincided with the appearance in court in Edinburgh of five members of the Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign for disrupting a Jerusalem Quartet concert last year.

Following their actions Israel’s ambassador to the UK complained of “attempts to sabotage the marketing of Israeli art and culture in Britain.”

Mick Napier from Scottish PSC said:

‘Scottish PSC congratulates the protesters in London today, and would like to see all other supporters of Palestine do the same every time the Jerusalem Quartet appear as ambassadors of the apartheid state’.

ENDS

See the following links for media discussion of the Jerusalem Quartet protest.

Discussion on BBC World Service “Europe Today” programme, 30.48 minutes in via this link.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p006x9vs/p006x9y9/Europe_Today_01_04_2010/

West Bank reaches Wigmore Hall

http://www.guardian .co.uk/culture/ 2010/mar/ 30/jerusalem- quartet-wigmore- hall-protest

Protesters silence Israeli musicians in London

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/protesters-silence-israeli-musicians-in-london-1932735.html

Protesters disrupt Jerusalem Quartet recital

http://www.rhinegol d.co.uk/magazine s/classical_ music/news/ classical_ music_news. asp

Jerusalem Quartet concert disrupted by anti-Israeli protests

http://www.bbcmusic magazine. com/news/ jerusalem- quartet-concert- disrupted- anti-israeli- protests

7 ways to stop musical ‘ambassadors’ for Israel

http://www.indymedi a.org.uk/ en/2010/03/ 448318.html

Jewish Chronicle

http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/30001/protesters-disrupt-jerusalem-quartet-wigmore-hall

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Songs from a Lost Homeland

Protest Veolia

Protest Veolia!!
Veolia Water UK manager hosted by Edinburgh University Business School

Tuesday 6th April from 5.30pm onwards – 7 Bristo Square, Edinburgh, EH8 9AL

Veolia, is complicit in Israel’s breach of International law and ongoing war crimes in Palestine.

Veolia, a French multinational with various subsidiaries (such as Connex, Onyx or Cleanway), is involved in providing services for the State of Israel. These services cement Israel’s illegal occupation of Palestine and aid the establishment of an apartheid state.

Israel’s Occupation of Palestine is illegal under international law. As is the building of “settlements” and the annexation of East Jerusalem, including the ongoing evictions of Palestinians from their homes.

Veolia’s collaboration with Israel is immoral. It profits from Israel’s crimes in the following ways –

1. Veolia is a major partner in the Jerusalem Light Rail (JLR), which is set to link Israeli West Jerusalem to illegal Israeli settlements in Occupied East Jerusalem (Palestine).

2. Veolia runs two bus services (109 and 110), which connect Israeli West Jerusalem to illegal Israeli settlements in Occupied East Jerusalem, using roads on which Palestinians are forbidden to travel.

3. Through its subsidiary TMM, Veolia owns and operates the Tovlan landfill site in the Jordan Valley area of the West Bank. This site is set up to service the illegal settlements, dumping waste on Palestinian land, and by extension, the illegal occupation.

Veolia is currently being dragged through the French courts for its illegal actions and has already lost contracts to the value of billions of euros in Europe alone due to boycott actions.

Come to protest Veolia’s disregard for international and human rights law and their proffiting from Israel’s crimes.

For more information please check:http://www.scottishpsc.org.uk/index.php?option=com_sectionex&view=category&id=50&Itemid=200209

And SPSC Veolia factsheet: www.scottishpsc.org.uk

Simpsons in IsraHell, check it out before it is taken down

http://gilad.squarespace.com/writings/simpsons-in-israhell-check-it-out-before-it-is-taken-down.html

Season 21 Episode 12 – Greatest Story Ever D’Ohed

A comical glimpse into Israeli collective madness

If it wasn’t so tragic, it would be funny.

From Gilad Atzmon

Teva, we don’t want you

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