Tadamon Montreal Rally 500 Artists in Solidarity

Montreal, Canada – February 25th 2010.   Today, a broad spectrum of Montreal artists are standing in solidarity with the Palestinian struggle for freedom and supporting the growing international campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against the Israeli state. Last winter, the Israeli state launched a violent military assault on the Palestinian people of the Gaza Strip, leaving over 1400 Palestinians dead, including over 300 children. Despite the official end of military operations, the blockade continues to this day, with devastating consequences for Gaza’s residents…

…Today, a diverse array of artists in Montreal, from filmmakers, musicians and dancers to poets, authors and painters, are joining the international movement against Israeli apartheid. On the streets, in concert halls, in words and in song, we commit to fighting against apartheid and call upon all artists and cultural producers across the country and around the world to adopt a similar position in this global struggle.

1: Aidan Girt, musician, 1-Speed Bike
2: Alexander Moskos, musician, AIDS Wolf
3: Chole Lum, musician, AIDS Wolf
4: Yannick Desranleau, musician, AIDS Wolf
5: Esmeralda Súmar Jara, Amérythmes
6: Karen Lliana Lemus, Amérythmes
7: Ronald Lemus, Amérythmes
8: José Sermeno Rosales, Amérythmes
9: Daviyd Yisrael, Amérythmes
….
491: David Widgington, journalist/filmmaker
492: Ezra Winton, founder Cinema Politica
493: Britt Wray, artist
494: Gary Worsley, founder Alien 8 Recordings
495: Dexter X, filmmaker/musician
496: Eileen Young, visual artist
497: Karen Young, singer/songwriter
498: Kevin Yuen Kit Lo, graphic designer
499: Michael Zaidan, filmmaker
500: Kim Zombik, singer

Read the Full call signed by 500 Montreal Artists here

to add your support to this letter or to present questions or suggestions please write to info(at)tadamon.ca

Tadamon! (Arabic for “solidarity”), is a Montreal-based collective which works in solidarity with struggles for self-determination, equality and justice in the ‘Middle East’ and in diaspora communities in Montreal and beyond.  Tadamon! has presented the ‘Artists Against Apartheid’ series of performances in the Montreal area, which has been instrumental in raising awareness of Israeli apartheid and building the momentum needed to make this trailblazing call from the Montreal arts community.

9 Responses to “Tadamon Montreal Rally 500 Artists in Solidarity”

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  2. Dillon - March 2, 2010

    http://www.shalomlife.com/eng/7096/Apartheid_Week_-_Hypocrisy_at_its_Best/

    The five hundred Canadian artists virtually portray Israel as a pinnacle of human evil and their basic premise assumes, as it may be understood, that without Israeli “crimes,” the pluralist and liberal Palestinian culture in the Gaza Strip would be flourishing with cinemas, theatres and cultural centres.

    This thesis has one little weakness. Not a single cinema house exists in the Gaza Strip and Hamas – NOT Israel – is responsible for “stifling the Palestinian cultural voice”. Saud Abu Ramadan, a Palestinian reporter working for the Chinese newswire Xinhua, published an article on July 26, 2009 reviewing the history of cinemas in the Gaza Strip while interviewing 57-year old Adnan Abu Beid, who used to run the most famous and biggest movie house in downtown Gaza city called al-Nasser, and today makes his living as a greengrocer. [2]

    Abu Ramadan notes that “after Israel signed Oslo accords with the Palestinians, when the Palestinian National Authority (PNA) was established after the Israeli army withdrew from Gaza city, al-Nasser movie house was reopened for a few months, but later it was burned and destroyed by angry Islamic Hamas demonstrators in 1995.” Abu Beid told Xinhua that after al-Nasser movie house was burned and destroyed, “I hid my film archives and decided to become a vegetable vendor.” He added that his archives “are the only that remained after all the movie houses had either shut down, or been destroyed by Hamas activists during demonstrations in Gaza city in 1995.”

  3. asiswhen - March 2, 2010

    Dillon, so you agree, the Palestinian people need their freedom and rights to self-determination. If the Israel govt. cared about that, then wouldn’t they end the siege of Gaza, and let the Palestinians exercise these rights and elect new leaders? No, Hamas is serving as a scapegoat to deflect attention from Israeli apartheid, colonialism and war crimes. Maybe someday you will pay attention to the roots of the conflict: ethnic cleansing.

  4. Mike - May 20, 2010

    L O L How about these people rally to end all economic ties with China, which is brutally occupying Tibet, imprisoning people for political and religious views, organ harvesting prisoners, ETC

    HUH? Well theyre not. Now ask yourself why.

    Hell, not a single solitary PEEP from any of these people about the brutally repressive Arab countries, which are often far, far worse on human rights than Israel

    And yes, all these “progressives” lol see how they would fare under the muslim fundamentalism of Hamas

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  6. John Sweet - July 20, 2010

    Ignorant artists against Apartheid

    ” (AFP) – Jun 27, 2010

    BEIRUT — Thousands of Palestinian refugees gathered on Sunday outside UN headquarters in Beirut to demand basic civil rights in Lebanon, such as a choice of jobs and ownership of property.
    The protest organised by Palestinian and Lebanese non-government organisations was initially due to be held outside the parliament building in downtown Beirut.
    “The police outside parliament usually ban any protest there,” said Maher Shehadeh, one of the Palestinian organisers. So the protesters gathered instead several hundred metres (yards) away outside the UN headquarters.
    Maher said 6,000 people were taking parting in the peaceful protest.
    The Palestinians travelled in buses from Lebanon’s 12 refugee camps for the Beirut gathering organised by Palestinian and Lebanese non-governmental organisations.
    “Working is a right,” “We want to live in dignity,” read placards carried by the protesters.
    “I have the right to own property,” said another, summing up the frustration of the tens of thousands of Palestinian refugees who live in dire conditions in Lebanon.
    The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine refugees (UNRWA) lists almost 400,000 Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, a country of four million inhabitants.
    But Lebanese and Palestinian officials say the actual number may be as low as 250,000 as UNRWA does not strike off its list those who move to other countries.
    The majority of UNRWA-registered refugees live in dire conditions in the camps across and are denied basic civil rights.
    Under Lebanese law, Palestinian refugees can not own property or hold most white collar jobs (doctors, engineers, lawyers, architects) and are stuck in low-paid employment.
    They are also denied social security and medical aid in state hospitals.
    “There are 10 to 15 of us who live crammed in our room. Our children have no future and those who are sick end up dying at the doors of hospitals,” said Mahmud Rashid, a farmer from Rashidiyeh camp in south Lebanon.
    Oum Rabih Ghneim who accompanied her husband to the protest from northern Lebanon said their home in the Nahr al-Bared camp was destroyed during deadly fighting between Islamists and the Lebanese army in 2007.
    “We are not even allowed to buy a one-room apartment,” in the northern port city of Tripoli, she said.
    Sunday’s protest came days after heated debate in parliament among MPs who support granting broader rights to the refugees, including the right to obtain social security, and others, including Christians, who expressed reservations.
    Many politicians fear the permanent resettlement of refugees in Lebanon arguing that it would tip the fragile demographic balance in the country, where 64 percent are Muslim and 35 percent Christian.”

    Maybe we’ll see ignorant artists against Lebanese Apartheid, but I’m not holding my breath, because this is not about the Palestinians, it is about Israel’s right to exist.

  7. Wissam - March 13, 2011

    Have you no understanding of the actual problem here? Why is it that when people denounce the ongoing ethnic cleansing in Palestine you respond by blaming Lebanon for being unable to deal with the refugee situation. Do I have to remind you that if it wasn’t for the crimes committed by the illegitimate israeli government there would not be any Palestinian refugees… You talk about Israel’s right to exist, but you seem to be deliberately tossing aside Palestine’s right to exist.

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