Entering damage control mode after Shakira nixed her July 9 Tel Aviv gig, Israel’s spin machine claimed the gig was never scheduled to begin with. Then, they said it wasn’t cancelled, it was just postponed. We aren't sure how a gig that was never scheduled was suddenly postponed. The following timeline details what culminated in Shakira dropping her July gig in Tel Aviv. Fans and activists from Lebanon, Palestine, the US, Colombia and beyond participated in this weeks-long effort.
On 25 May, with the support of an overwhelming majority of its members, the Barcelona City Council called for a comprehensive military embargo on Israel and demanded the Spanish government ensure its implementation. This constitutes an important precedent and a major step forward on the way to end international military and security ties with Israel, until it complies with international law and respects Palestinian human rights.
May 29, 2018 – Black, trans, Brazilian singer, performer and activist Linn da Quebrada announced she is cancelling her participation in the 2018 Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival (May 31 - June 9). She is joined by directors from Brazil and France, who, together with Pakistan’s Aks International Minorities Festival, have also canceled their participation in TLVFest.
We deeply appreciate the decision of UK artists Shopping, Richard Dawson and Gwenno to withdraw from the Pop-Kultur festival in Berlin over its continued collaboration with the Israeli embassy in defiance of appeals to end this complicity. In their eloquent statements, the artists make it clear that accepting sponsorship from the Israeli embassy, while Israel kills unarmed Palestinian protesters in Gaza and commits grave violations of Palestinian human rights, is profoundly problematic.
University of Cambridge: end your partnership with Caterpillar Inc. and BAE Systems! Jointly initiated by Cambridge University Palestine Society and Cambridge University Kurdish Society.
On Monday, the City Council of Bologna, Italy’s seventh largest city, approved a motion in support of concrete action to hold Israel accountable for violations of the rights of the Palestinian people, as stipulated in international law.
A message to Shakira from Palestinian Cultural Institutions Occupied Palestine, 24 May 2018 Dear Shakira,
May 21, 2018, Occupied Palestine — Palestinians have warmly received the news of Brazilian legend Gilberto Gil’s cancellation of his performance in Tel Aviv, scheduled for July 4, in response to what Palestinians and some international observers have termed as Israel’s “massacre” of over 100 civilians in Gaza over the past few weeks.
"I have decided not to present my show at the Israel Festival in June because I believe it is the only way to ensure that my artwork will not serve to justify or support a government that commits deliberate human rights violations and is currently violently attacking the Palestinian people," says the author, actor and director.
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May 14, 2018 – Reversing decades of US foreign policy, the Trump administration is moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem today. The move coincides with Israel’s celebration of its establishment on the ruins of the towns and villages from which the majority of Palestinians were expelled 70 years ago.