Adonis Diaries

Posts Tagged ‘Emma Thompson

South Africa boycott: Re-applied on Israel. What Madona is doing there?

After Tel Aviv, Madona (54 years old) is set for touring 30 countries. She showed up in the Gulf Emirate of Abu Zabi, on the island of Yass. Sunday was the first of two shows. Most of the 25,000 spectators were shocked by the performance: Madona stomped on crucifixes, used religious symbols, with Hebrew background songs, and overdone it with foul sex words and suggestive gestures, surrounded with almost naked men dancers, and shouted at the audience: “Why are you not reacting, you sons of bitches…”

After Madonna began her world tour in Israel last week, campaigners urge cutting of cultural ties with apartheid Israel.

Some of the world’s biggest stars – from Madonna to the Red Hot Chili Peppers – are being accused of putting profit before principle in a growing backlash against artists performing in Israel.
 
JONATHAN OWEN posted on JUNE 3, 2012 under “Israel is new South Africa as boycott calls increase”
 
 
 
“Campaigners angry at human rights abuses against the Palestinian people – symbolised by Israel’s policy of demolishing the homes of Palestinians and allowing Israeli settlers to take over their land – are demanding a boycott of Israeli venues in a campaign that echoes the 1980s protests against South Africa and the infamous venue Sun City.

Last week, Madonna came under fire for her decision to perform in Israel to kick off her world tour last Thursday.

Omar Barghouti, of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, said:

“By performing in Israel, Madonna has consciously and shamefully lent her name to fig-leaf Israel’s occupation and apartheid and showed her obliviousness to human rights…As we’ve learned from the South African struggle for freedom, entertaining Israeli apartheid should never be mislabeled as singing for peace”

Attempts by Madonna to deflect criticism by offering free tickets to local campaigners backfired, with a number rejecting the offer. Boycott from Within, an Israeli campaign group, accused the singer of “a blatant attempt at whitewashing Israeli crimes”.

Acts such as alleged war crimes during Israel’s 2008 invasion of Gaza and the 2010 killing of peace activists by Israeli commandos on an aid ship are fuelling the return of an anti-apartheid campaign on a scale not seen in a generation.

Saeed Amireh, 21, a peace activist from Nilin in the West Bank, said: “We don’t have freedom of movement. They don’t want peace; they just want us to disappear. They are suppressing our very existence.”

Calls for a boycott are supported by hundreds of artists around the world, from the film director Ken Loach to former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters and the author Alice Walker.

Artists such as Carlos Santana and Elvis Costello have cancelled shows after pressure from campaigners in recent years; Coldplay, U2 and Bruce Springsteen have declined invitations to play in Israel without supporting the boycott publicly.

Paul McCartney, Elton John, Rihanna and Leonard Cohen are among those to have ignored calls not to appear there.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Lenny Kravitz and Guns N’ Roses plan to play in Israel this year, prompting the campaign group Artists Against Apartheid to appeal:

“As was done in the case of South African apartheid, please join us now in the cultural boycott of Israel, and help stop entertaining apartheid.”

The campaign has rattled the music industry, prompting a group of US-Israel entertainment executives to set up the Creative Community for Peace last year in an effort to counter the cultural boycott.

It is also troubling senior Israeli politicians: a law passed by the Knesset last year means that people who call for a boycott could be sued in court. The Israeli government has also set up a committee to look at how to compensate Israeli promoters in the cases of “politically motivated cancellations”.

Controversy over Israel’s treatment of Palestinians has provoked protests among actors, too. Emma Thompson is among more than 30 actors, directors and playwrights who condemned the Globe Theatre for including Israel’s national theatre company in its Shakespeare festival last week.

The Israeli embassy this weekend dismissed criticisms of Israel as “an anti-Israeli movement” and the Board of Deputies of British Jews claimed comparisons with apartheid-era South Africa were “a specious and desperate effort by a failing boycott campaign”.

Israel’s President Shimon Peres admitted earlier this year: “If Israel’s image gets worse, it will begin to suffer boycotts. There is already an artistic boycott against us and signs of an undeclared financial boycott are beginning to emerge.”

The Co-op announced a boycott of goods from West Bank settlements last month.

Notes: https://adonis49.wordpress.com/2012/04/06/emma-thompson-and-gunter-grass-call-for-israeli-theatre-and-concert-boycott/

 

Emma Thompson and Günter Grass call for Israeli theatre and concert boycott

 reported on April 1, 2012 under “Oscar winner Emma Thompson calls for Israeli theater’s ban”:

The ‘Sense and Sensibility’ star, two-time Oscar winner, opposes inclusion of Habimah theater at festival, saying it must distance itself from ‘policies of exclusion practiced by the Israeli State’

Emma Thompson. China's national theater is ok, but Habimah is not kosher. (photo credit: CC Caroline Bonarde Ucci, Wikipedia)

Emma Thompson. (Photo credit: CC Caroline Bonarde Ucci, Wikipedia)

Recent Tony winner Mark Rylance and seven-time Oscar nominee Mike Leigh are among the other artists who signed a letter expressing “dismay and regret” that Tel Aviv’s Habimah theater will be participating in Globe to Globe, a six-week festival taking place at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London.

“Habimah has a shameful record of involvement with illegal Israeli settlements in Occupied Palestinian Territory,” says the letter, published March 29 in England’s Guardian newspaper. The document notes that unlike other members of Israel’s theater community, Habimah did not participate in a boycott of a controversial cultural center that opened in Ariel, a West Bank settlement, in 2010.

The letter goes on: “By inviting Habimah, Shakespeare’s Globe is undermining the conscientious Israeli actors and playwrights who have refused to break international law.  We have no problem”with Globe to Globe’s desire to include Hebrew in the festival, which will showcase the Bard’s 37 plays in 37 languages, but by inviting Habimah, the Globe is associating itself with policies of exclusion practised by the Israeli state and endorsed by its national theatre company. We ask the Globe to withdraw the invitation so that the festival is not complicit with human rights violations and the illegal colonisation of occupied land.”

Other companies participating in the festival include the National Theatre of China, which will perform “Richard III” in Mandarin, and the Ashtar Theatre, a Palestinian company that will perform “Richard II” in Arabic.

Habimah is currently scheduled to perform “The Merchant of Venice” at the festival twice in late May.

Günter Grass launches poetry attack on Israel

Günter Grass: poem criticises Israel's 'claim to the right of first strike' against Iran. Photograph: John Macdougall/AFP/Getty Images

Günter Grass.  Photograph: John Macdougall/AFP/Getty Images

 On Wednesday 4 April 2012, German Nobel literature laureate Günter Grass said that Israel is a threat to “already fragile world peace” in his poem “What Must Be Said

In the poem, published in German daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung and Italy’s La Repubblica among others, Grass criticises what he describes as western hypocrisy over Israel’s own suspected nuclear programme amid speculation it might engage in military action against Iran to stop it building an atomic bomb.

The 84-year-old Grass said he had been prompted to put pen to paper by Berlin’s recent decision to sell Israel a submarine able to “send all-destroying warheads where the existence of a single nuclear bomb is unproven”.

Grass called for “unhindered and permanent control of Israel’s nuclear capability and Iran’s atomic facilities through an international body”.

Israel is widely believed to have an arsenal of nuclear weapons but has never admitted it, pursuing instead an official policy of “ambiguity” to deter potential attackers. (Actually, President Kennedy insisted on the US inspecting Israel nuclear facilities in 1961)

Israel has three Dolphin submarines from Germany  one half-funded and two entirely funded by Berlin) and two more are under construction, and the contract for a sixth submarine was signed last month (in return for Israel to reimburse to the Palestinian authority the taxes it has been withholding as permanent tactics to subjugate the Palestinians in the occupied territories).

Dolphin-class submarines can carry nuclear-tipped missiles, but there is no evidence Israel has armed them with such weapons.

Iran insists it only seeks nuclear power for energy and medical research.

Grass said he long kept silent on Israel’s own nuclear programme because his country committed “crimes that are without comparison”, but he has come to see that silence as a “burdensome lie and a coercion” whose disregard carries a punishment – “the verdict ‘antisemitism’ is commonly used”.

The left-leaning Grass established himself as a leading literary figure with The Tin Drum, published in 1959, and won the Nobel Prize in 1999. He urged fellow Germans to confront their painful Nazi history in the decades after the second world war.

The German chancellor, Angela Merkel, is a staunch ally of Israel, and her spokesman reacted coolly to Grass’s remarks.

“There is artistic freedom in Germany, and there thankfully also is the freedom of the government not to have to comment on every artistic production,” Steffen Seibert said.

The head of the German parliament’s foreign affairs committee – lawmaker Ruprecht Polenz, a member of Merkel’s Christian Democrats – told the daily Mitteldeutsche Zeitung that Grass was a great author “but he always has difficulties when he speak about politics and mostly gets it wrong”.

 


adonis49

adonis49

adonis49

October 2020
M T W T F S S
 1234
567891011
12131415161718
19202122232425
262728293031  

Blog Stats

  • 1,428,105 hits

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.adonisbouh@gmail.com

Join 775 other followers

%d bloggers like this: