Sign and share the Canadian BDS Coalition petition to tell Bryan Adams to Unplug from Israeli Apartheid!
Bryan remember your words. CANCEL your performances in Tel Aviv December 4 and Jerusalem December 6.
Canada heard you in 2014. Palestine heard you in 2014. The world heard you in 2014, as you gave hope to the people of Gaza and all people who stand against war crimes and mass genocide.
You stood against the Israeli military bombardment on Gaza saying: “the Israeli blockade of #Gaza just entered its 8th year, leaving its 1.7 million inhabitants destitute” and “I say the war against Gaza was a crime against humanity.”
Lest you think things in Gaza no longer a concern, Amnesty International and the United Nations independent human rights experts remind you this is not the case. Over two million people are in their eleventh year in an outdoor prison, that has experienced three horrendous military attacks. Electricity is only available a few hours a day, water is scarce and sewage is polluting the Mediterranean. This is a completely human-made humanitarian crisis.
Bryan, we remind you that “Most Canadians Say Sanctions and Boycott are Reasonable Measures to Defend Palestinian Rights” (the 2017 EKOS poll )
In 2016 the world cheered when you cancelled your Mississippi tour date in protest over the state’s anti-LGBT law.
Let the world cheer again, when you CANCEL your Tel Aviv and Jerusalem performances Bryan.
Letter Sent to Bryan Adams from the Canadian BDS Coalition. Bryan you only have one Canadian concert before you play Apartheid Israel. We are looking for you to show your leadership on human rights by announcing you are cancelling your shows in Israel.
Tweet @bryadams to say #UnplugFromIsraeliApartheidBryan
The Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) will make its first-ever touring appearances in Israel, with performances in Jerusalem on May 11, 2017 and Tel Aviv on May 13, 2017.
The tour, coming just days before the 69th anniversary of the Palestinian Nakba and less than a month before the 50th anniversary of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza, and East Jerusalem, ignores the Palestinian-led call for a cultural boycott of Israel, which has been supported by thousands of artists around the world to refuse to play in Israel.
Here’s how you can take action to tell the TSO not to play for Israeli apartheid:
1. Sign and share the petition calling on TSO musicians to cancel their shows in Israel.
2. Contact the leadership of the TSO and demand they cancel the planned performances in Israel. If you’re not sure what to say, you can use key points from the petition to get started. Here are come key contacts:
Gary Hanson, Interim Chief Executive Officer
Roberta Smith, Vice-President & Chief of Staff
Peter Oundjian, Music Director
You can also contact the TSO by email at email@example.com or by phone at 416.598.3375 and see a full contact list for other TSO administrative staff to contact.
3. If you are a TSO member, subscriber, donor, or volunteer, withhold your support until the TSO agrees to respect the Palestinian boycott call and cancels its concerts in Israel. Be sure to tell the TSO why you’re withdrawing you support.
5. Write a letter to the editor of the Toronto Star (firstname.lastname@example.org) and other Toronto media outlining your concerns with the TSO’s decision to perform in Israel.
The Canadian BDS Coalition has the following open letter signed by over 20 Canadian organizations to the directors of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra (TSO) asking them to reconsider the TSO’s participation in two upcoming concerts in Israel.
Twenty organizations from across Canada have sent an open letter to the Batsheva Dance Company demanding that it ends complicity with the Israeli government by disavowing its role as an Ambassador to the State of Israel.
The open letter follows a similar initiative earlier this year coordinated by Adalah-NY in the United States, and is the latest in a long campaign to encourage the company to end its complicity with the Israeli government. In 2016, Brian Eno denied permission for Batsheva to use his music during its performances, saying “To my understanding, the Israeli embassy (and therefore the Israeli government) will be sponsoring the upcoming performances, and, given that I’ve been supporting the BDS campaign for several years now, this is an unacceptable prospect for me.”
Below is the full text of the Canadian open letter. Continue reading