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Update #42 ·

Red Sea Jazz Festival BDS petition reopened!

The Jazz exploitation season is upon us again! So we're re-opening the petition. Everyone please SIGN and if you already have, please SHARE via email and your social networks.

Once again a new list of artists is enlisted for the whitewashing of Israel's military occupation:

Samuel Yirga Quartet, Luisa Sobral, Juan Carmona quintet & Larry Coryell, Możdżer Danielsson Fresco Trio, Escalandrum, and The Steve Shehan Sunshine Quartet.

We're happy, however, to see less and less artists and no returning artists, this season. The Red Sea Jazz Festival is a bi-yearly event in Israel's city of Eilat. The festival could have been a festival to celebrate the free spirit of Jazz music, and this beautiful tradition of oppressed minorities. Instead, it is a government event of propaganda, which uses Jazz music as a tool for whitewashing military occupation, apartheid and oppression of the Palestinian people:

"We see culture as a Hasbara [public relations] tool of the first rank, and I do not differentiate between Hasbara and culture" ~ Nissim Ben-Sheetrit, former deputy director general of the Israel Foreign Ministry

In view of this, we ask Jazz Musicians: Please cancel your participation in the festival.

We ask people from all around the world: Add your signature to this ongoing campaign to boycott the Red Sea Jazz Festival.

More detailed information on the petition page


10 Reasons for a Cultural Boycott of Israel

How you can help

Culture is not created in a vaccum. Culture that ignores human rights violations and is used to whitewash war crimes and crimes against humanity, and cultural workers who accept money in this context, are complicit. The many victories of the BDS movement so far have shown us that culture can shine a light on these crimes, instead of muffling the cries of the victims. Please support the…

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This is the full letter written by Israeli human rights activists (the dates and artists' names will be updated every festival season). If you agree, please join the boycott by signing and sharing this petition! (the petition is NOT just for citizens of Israel.) To Leyla McCalla, Brass-A-Holics, Kendrick Scott Oracle, Cyrille Aimée, Ron Carter, Jack DeJohnette, Ravi Coltrane, Matt Garrison,…

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