Madonna Whitewashes Israel's crimes of Occupation and Apartheid

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.

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. "

By performing in Israel, Madonna has consciously and shamefully lent her name to fig-leafing Israel's occupation and apartheid and showed her obliviousness to human rights," said Omar Barghouti of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.

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".

Mr Barghouti added: "As we've learned from the South African struggle for freedom, entertaining Israeli apartheid should never be mislabelled as singing for peace." The star's publicist did not respond to requests for comment.

The Largest Single Protest in the History of the Earth

IAWM SUPPORTS CULTURAL BOYCOTT OF ISRAEL

Prompted by recent media attacks on human rights activists the Irish Anti War Movement today issued a statement expressing its full support of the cultural boycott campaign which asks artists not to perform in apartheid Israel. The statement noted that the cultural boycott is part of an International Campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS). It was called for by Palestinian civil society in 2005 in response to the failure of the international community to hold Israel accountable for its illegal and brutal occupation of Palestinian lands.

 

Fri 30th March 8pm Cassidy’s Hotel Parnell Square East Dublin - Public Meeting - Iran and Syria

30/03/2012 - 20:00
30/03/2012 - 22:00

Irish Anti-War Movement - Public Meeting:

'Solidarity with The People of Syria & Iran -
NO TO INTERVENTION!'

Guest speakers to include;

Simon Assaf
Dr. Abbas Edalet

Plus live link-up with Shirin Shafaie.

All are very welcome to attend.

www.irishantiwar.org/ plus Facebook & #Twitter

 

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SYRIA AND IRAN – TWO PAWNS IN THE WEST’S NEO-COLONIAL STRATEGY

There is real imminent danger of another war in the Middle East. The US and Britain are attempting to engineer a regime change in Syria while crippling sanctions have been imposed on Iran and its scientists have been executed as a prelude to war.

The Irish Anti-war Movement (IAWM) supports the right of the peoples in the countries of the Middle East to determine their own future but we are critical of any attempt by western powers to intervene there. As we have seen in Libya, the regime change veiled as ‘humanitarian intervention’ has cost at least 30,000 lives and reports from NGO’s tell of continued reprisals and torture. Military intervention only brings more deaths, division and misery.

Occupy Bahrain: The largest demonstration in Bahrain. We are the 99%

 

Free bus to shannon for Iraq war anniversay demo

11/03/2012 - 10:30
11/03/2012 - 23:59
PANA & the IAWM have hired a bus (free, but a donation will be requested) to travel to Shannon from Dublin on March 11th. It leaves Heuston Station at 10.30am. The size of the bus depends on the number that confirm they wish to come by emailing info@pana.ie.
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