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Folk music legend Pete Seeger endorses boycott of Israel

Singer Pete Seeger, left, stands with Jeff Halper of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions

Folk music legend Pete Seeger has come out in support of the growing
Palestinian movement for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against
Israel as a program for justice for Palestinians and a route to peace in
the Middle East.

Seeger, 92, participated in last November’s online virtual rally “With
Earth and Each Other,” sponsored by the Arava Institute, an Israeli
environmental organization, and by the Friends of the Arava Institute. The
Arava Institute counts among its close partners and major funders the
Jewish National Fund, responsible since 1901 for securing land in
Palestine for the use of Jews only while dispossessing Palestinians.
Although groups in the worldwide BDS movement had requested that he quit
the event, Seeger felt that he could make a strong statement for peace and
justice during the event.

During a January meeting at his Beacon, NY, home with representatives from
the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) and Adalah-NY,
Pete Seeger explained, “I appeared on that virtual rally because for many
years I’ve felt that people should talk with people they disagree with.
But it ended up looking like I supported the Jewish National Fund. I
misunderstood the leaders of the Arava Institute because I didn’t realize
to what degree the Jewish National Fund was supporting Arava. Now that I
know more, I support the BDS movement as much as I can.”

Jeff Halper, the Coordinator of ICAHD, added, “Pete did extensive research
on this. He read historical and current material and spoke to neighbors,
friends, and three rabbis before making his decision to support the
boycott movement against Israel.” Seeger has for some time given some of
the royalties from his famous Bible-based song from the 1960s, “Turn,
Turn, Turn,” to ICAHD for their work in rebuilding demolished homes and
exposing Israel’s practice of pushing Palestinians in Israel off their
land in favor of the development of Jewish villages and cities.

The November virtual rally “With Earth and Each Other” was billed as an
apolitical effort to bring Israelis and Palestinians together to work for
the environment. Dave Lippman from Adalah-NY noted, “Arava’s online event
obfuscated basic facts about Israel’s occupation and systematic seizure of
land and water from Palestinians. Arava’s partner and funder, the JNF, is
notorious for planting forests to hide Palestinian villages demolished by
Israel in order to seize land. Arava was revealed as a sterling
practitioner of Israeli government efforts to ‘Rebrand Israel’ through
greenwashing and the arts.”

Currently, the JNF is supporting an Israeli government effort to demolish
the Bedouin village of Al-Araqib in order to plant trees from the JNF that
were paid for by the international evangelical group GOD-TV. The Friends
of the Arava Institute’s new board chair recently published an op-ed in
the Jerusalem Post that only cautiously questions some activities of the
JNF, an organization whose very raison-d’etre is to take over land for
Jews at the expense of the Palestinian Arab population.

Pete Seeger’s long-time colleague Theodore Bikel, an Israeli-American
known for his life-long involvement with Israeli culture, recently
supported the Israeli artists who have refused to perform in a new concert
hall in Ariel, a large illegal Israeli settlement in the West Bank.

Seeger joins a growing roster of international performers who have
declined to whitewash, greenwash, or in any way enable Israel’s colonial
project, including Elvis Costello, Gil Scott-Heron, Roger Waters, Devendra
Banhart, and the Pixies.

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Support Turkey by buying Turkish products

ACTION ALERT

(AMP 6/22/2010) – For the past several years, Turkey has consistently thrown its support behind Palestine by publicly denouncing Israel’s illegal occupation, by trying to break the siege on Gaza, and simply by speaking out about Israel’s illegal, unjust and inhumane treatment of the occupied Palestinians.

After Israel’s deadly attack on the Freedom Flotilla on May 31, in which nine unarmed Turkish civilians were killed, Turkish officials roundly criticized Israel for its actions, which occurred illegally in international waters, and demanded an apology.

But instead of an apology, Israel has begun a systematic boycott of Turkish goods, extending all the way to tourism. The largest supermarket chains in Israel have taken Turkish products off their shelves and are refusing to sell certain products to the Turkish market. Tourism has been greatly affected as Israelis are cancelling their vacations in large numbers.

The purpose of these actions is to foster negative economic and financial consequences in Turkey for its support of Palestinian justice and liberty.

IT IS IMPERATIVE SUPPORT TURKEY BY PURCHASING TURKISH PRODUCTS OR BY INCLUDING TURKEY AS A DESTINATION IN OUR VACATION PLANS.

TAKE ACTION

  • If you are planning on taking a vacation, seriously consider traveling to Turkey, which is reeling under massive cancelations
    from Israeli tourists.
  • Make a concerted effort to buy Turkish products.
  • Turkish products are sold mainly in Indo-Pakistani, Greek, Arab and other ethnic grocery stores.
  • Brand names include: Ulker, Eti, Saray, Marco Polo, Kirlangic, Koska, Hazer Baba, Tukas and Tat.
  • The Halk brand  is widely sold in stores as petit beurre biscuits, cheese, and confectionary.
  • A majority  of the imports to the U.S. of hazelnut, apricot and a large portion of figs are from Turkey.
  • For a list of more Turkish products, go to http://www.tulumba.com/ or http://www.bestturkishfood.com.
  • For a list of Turkish businesses and industry, go to www.turkishtradechicago.org.

The American Muslims for Palestine is a national, grassroots organizations, whose mission is to educate the American public on issues relating to Palestine and its rich cultural heritage. For more information, contact Kristin Szremski, director of media and communications, at 708.598.4267, ext. 22 or at media@ampalestine.org .

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