Saturday, May 16, 2009
Tell Leonard Cohen to CANCEL HIS PERFORMANCE IN ISRAEL
Courtesy of Adalah-NY:
Tell Leonard Cohen to CANCEL HIS PERFORMANCE IN ISRAEL, following the lead of cultural figures like Bono, Bjork, Roger Waters, Jean Luc Dugard, Adrienne Rich, and others. Place: Meet at Southeast Corner of 50th and 6th Avenue
(Across from Radio City Music Hall)
Time: 7:00 to 8:30 PM, Sunday, May 17th
This week marks the 61st anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel. For Palestinians, this is the Nakba, or catastrophe. The Nakba is not just a historical event, but an ongoing process. What began with the destruction of more than 530 Palestinian villages and the displacement of more than 800,000 Palestinians, continues today as ongoing occupation and oppression. What can we do? Palestinian civil society calls on ALL of us to boycott Israel until it recognizes the Palestinian people's inalienable right to self-determination and fully complies with international law by ending occupation, ensuring full equality for Palestinian citizens of Israel, and respecting and promoting Palestinian refugees' right to return to their homes. Leonard Cohen is scheduled to perform in Tel Aviv on September 24, 2009 despite this boycott. Israel relies on performers like Leonard Cohen to whitewash its policies in the face of a growing worldwide movement to hold Israel accountable. By performing in Israel, Cohen is legitimizing the Nakba and 61 years of oppression of the Palestinian people.
Learn more about the boycott and the ongoing activities of Adalah-NY, The Coalition for Peace and Justice in the Middle East at www.adalahny.org