May 052015
 

Three Palestinian rappers whose families were displaced by the racist state of Israel send a thank you message to artist Lauryn Hill for canceling her show in Israel.

Ms. Lauryn Hill released a message saying she canceled her show, that she wanted to also perform for Palestinians in Ramallah but that was unable to be organized.

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Many Palestinians have hit social media to thank Lauryn Hill on her brave decision while Israelis have been cursing her out and attacking her. Below is a small sample of some of the nasty things being said to her:

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Feb 062015
 

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Palestinian revolutionary and freedom fighter Leila Khaled received a beautiful welcome as she arrived at the airport in Johannesburg for a South Africa Speaking Tour taking place from February 6th – 16th.

South Africans from government officials to youth cheered as Leila Khaled arrived showing the solidarity that has existed between the people of South Africa who fought apartheid for decades and are still suffering from the effects of white controlled South Africa with the people of Palestine currently fighting Israeli apartheid and occupation.

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Israel was a long standing ally of the racist white supremacist government of South Africa till the very end providing weaponry and other technologies which helped them maintain the apartheid against the native black South Africans.

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Former President Nelson Mandela always spoke out in support of the liberation of Palestine as he saw many similarities between the struggles of both nations.

You can see some of the photos of Leila Khaled being greeted in South Africa where a press conference was held at the airport, for more photos check out the BDS South Africa Facebook page.

Photos courtesy of BDS South Africa Facebook Page:

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Sep 162014
 

 

10384210_10203472584028982_5523299284003079339_nWhile we may spend our days fighting individual or group struggles, in a global system, our causes and campaign are very much interconnected. Join Existence is Resistance and The Campaign To Bring Mumia Home for a night of music and discussion, as we link the lives of everyday people, from Palestine to Puerto Rico to Ferguson, political prisoners to U.S. imperialism, from police brutality to war.

Location: Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz Memorial and Educational Center

Address: 3940 Broadway, New York, NY 10032

Time: 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM

 

Speakers Include:

Bassem Tamimi (Head of Popular Resistance in the Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh)

Ramona Africa (MOVE Organization)

Nancy Mansour (Existence Is Resistance)

Glen Ford (Black Agenda Report)

Hamde Abu Rahma (Palestinian Photo Journalist/Activist Photography by hamde abu rahma)

Yasser Quos (Director of the African Community Society of Jerusalem

Nerdeen Mohsen (President of Students for Justice in Palestine at College of Staten Island)

Michael Madormo (Teacher at Friend’s School in Ramallah)

Carlio Rovira (former Young Lord, Puerto Rican Independence Movement)

Gabi Lazaro (Existence Is Resistance)

Johanna Fernandez (The Campaign to Bring Mumia Home)

with a special guest cal from Mumia Abu Jamal

With performances by

Tahani Salah (Poet)
Remi Kanazi(Poet)
Bomba Yo (Puerto Rican Folklore)
Mazzi
M-1
Rebel Diaz

Stay tuned for updates!

Click Here For Facebook Event Page

 Posted by at 10:07 am
May 132014
 

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Statement regarding Doc Aviv screening

5/12/14

Note from the producers: We made American Revolutionary to explore the life and work of a philosopher and activist whose story we want to share with audiences everywhere. Until about three days ago, we were unaware that playing in the festival would be an issue for the participants of the film. We respect their position and regret the discomfort this has caused them. We are sharing their statement here.

We stand in solidarity with the people of Palestine, and support their call for cultural and academic boycott of Israel.

As people featured in the film American Revolutionary: the Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs, we were shocked to find the film slated to be screened at the DocAviv festival in Israel on May 13th and 15th. This was scheduled without our knowledge.

We immediately took action to have the film withdrawn from the festival. The festival organizers and film producers informed us that this was not possible and they would move forward with the screening, over our objections.

This film uplifts the life work and legacy of Grace Lee Boggs. She has explicitly stated her support of the boycott and believes this screening is in direct contradiction to her legacy and ongoing work as a revolutionary.

We will pursue opportunities for this film and the ideas within it to be made available in Palestine in a way that supports the movement and will post our response as soon as possible.

Grace Lee Boggs

and

William Ayers

Richard Feldman


Danny Glover

Shea Howell

Invincible

Angela Jones

Scott Kurashige

Jenny Lee

Julia Putnam

Ronald Scott

Stephen Ward

Statement Originally Posted at http://americanrevolutionaryfilm.com/statement-regarding-doc-aviv-screening/

Jun 272013
 

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Dear Alicia Keys and Rihanna, Paz.

I am writing to you because I am sincerely baffled by your choice to perform in Israel. I want to share with you that your choice has made many of your fans re-evaluate their loyalty to you. Your message to the people of Palestine and their global allies, which are also your fans, unfortunately is not a positive one. It basically looks like you can care less about their ongoing deep and horrific battle against genocide, or as some call it, ethnic cleansing.

I am an Afro-Rican woman who has witnessed and experienced life in colonized Palestine and “Israel”. I understand colonialism and it’s treacherous fangs because my island of Puerto Rico is also a colony and has been raped by U.S. greed and imperialism for over 115 years. Our women have been sterilized for the purpose of population control, we import more than we export, our fathers and sons were sent to the military to fight wars and we can’t even vote for the President of the United States, just to name a few.

I hope that you have taken it upon yourself to carefully research and learn about the critical situation of the people of Palestine and the oppression that they have had to endure by the Zionist movement, the Israeli State. The Zionists created Israel within Palestine BY FORCE. You are pretty much co-signing and agreeing to this outrageous land grab and murder of women, children and men. Yeah ladies, there is no way to sugar coat that.

When I visited the West Bank, Palestine in 2011, I saw the little girls and boys singing and dancing to your songs. I heard your songs in the hookah cafes, clubs, stores and blasting out of cars. It was amazing to see how much music inspires their lives. Music is their escape from the open air prison that they live in.

Ladies… the Palestinians, your fans, live in an open air prison. They can’t come out to Israel to see you perform because they are not allowed to by Israel. In order to come to Israel from the West Bank they would have to ask Israel for permission and get a permit. It is almost impossible to get a permit to cross the border into Israel from Palestine. The sick have died waiting for permits to go to specialized hospitals in Israel. Women have given birth at checkpoints. Goodness! The Insanity!

“The Israeli state practices, and arguably perfects, a logic of territorial and population control and monitoring. One form is high-tech: unmanned aerial drones, X-ray machines, remote-controlled cameras, radars, and surveillance techniques that instill fear and awe; another form is physically and geographically violent: walls, fences, check-points, turnstiles, settlements, bypass roads, fighter jets, bulldozers, and machine guns.”[Tawil-Souri.(n.d) Politics and Materiality of ID Cards in Palestine/Israel. Retrieved from http://academia.edu/661856/Colored_Identity_The_Politics_and_Materiality_of_ID_Cards_in_Palestine_Israel] They have hundreds of roadblocks and checkpoints to obstruct Palestinian movement, even within the Palestinian Territory. I can tell you now that they are not going to give them a permit to come see you rock out. Nope!

So yeah, I’m hoping that you just had no clue about the truth. But maybe you know all of this and are not moved, touched and inspired to make a stand for human rights. Well, and if you do choose to rock, know that genocide is happening while you are performing on that stage. While you are singing your heart out, someones home is being bulldozed or a family is loosing a male figure in their household because an Israeli soldier felt like taking someones life away by imprisoning them or killing them.

The point I would like to drive into your soul is that by making the choice to perform in Israel you have also chosen to disregard a whole population of your fans who are touched by your music. You have a fan base in Palestine that will not be able to attend your concert, not because they don’t want to, but because they can’t.

Question: Are you also going to do a concert in Palestine? Is that in the plans? If you are going to really perform in Israel then I encourage you to do a FREE concert in Palestine.

I sincerely hope that you ladies think this one through for the sake of humanity and for our precious children who hum you tunes.

Sisters, I pray that you find the strength and the courage to stand up for what is right. Human Rights! We are women, we are women of color and we must protect our children!

I humbly ask you to rethink this one.

Luz Y Paz,
Lah Tere