Open Letter

Catherine Ringer: Cancel Apartheid Tel Aviv Concert

November 18, 2019
Palestinians appeal to French singer Catherine Ringer to cancel her December 19th concert in apartheid Tel Aviv

Dear Catherine Ringer,

The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) urges you to cancel your 19th December show at Barby club in apartheid Tel Aviv.

During Israel’s 2014 massacres in Gaza that killed more than 2,200 Palestinians, including more than 500 children, Barby made and handed out free t-shirts to armed, uniformed Israeli forces with the club’s logo and the words “fuck you, we’re from Israel”.

נסענו לפנק את החיילים שלנו בדרום.הגאווה שלנו, של כולנו, חיילי צהל היקרים. כל חייל בצבע, כל אחד ואחד בנינו המובחרים...

Posted by ‎בארבי / Barby‎ on Thursday, 24 July 2014

Last week, Israeli fighter jets and drones attacked the Gaza Strip, where two million Palestinians, mostly refugees, suffer under Israel’s 12-year siege. 34 Palestinians, including an entire family of eight, were killed, just a short drive from Barby club.

Barby’s shameless celebration of ongoing Israeli war crimes is only the most glaring example of its complicity in Israel’s far-right regime of apartheid and military occupation. 

Though Israel’s oppression against Palestinians is by now decades old, today Palestinians face an emergency. Emboldened by unprecedented levels of support from the Trump administration, Israel has entrenched apartheid against Palestinians with Israeli citizenship, shot thousands of unarmed protesters in the Gaza Strip, and pledged to annex the occupied West Bank. 

The cultural boycott of Israel, part of the nonviolent and anti-racist Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, is now supported by thousands of artists worldwide, despite the best efforts of Israeli government-linked lobby groups, such as the so-called “Creative Community for Peace”. Instead of receiving the expected forty to fifty thousand tourists in apartheid Tel Aviv for Eurovision last May, for instance, Israel barely received 5,000. 

More than one thousand Israeli citizens, mostly Jewish, have endorsed BDS, joining a thousand Black American artists, scholars and activists and countless others worldwide.

You would not have performed in apartheid South Africa, and indeed your duo Les Rita Mitsouko did not cross that picket line. We urge you to cancel your shows in apartheid Israel.

PACBI is a founding member of the largest Palestinian coalition that leads the global BDS movement for Palestinian rights.

November 18, 2019


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