This Divestment Bill Hurts My Feelings

Remi Kanazi – This Divestment Bill Hurts My Feelings

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Poem by Remi Kanazi
Video by Suhel Nafar
Audio by Andrew Felluss


This Divestment Bill Hurts My Feelings

this divestment bill
hurts my feelings

that Caterpillar bulldozer
ended life in the body of
an American citizen. drove
her bones into the ground while
a company cashed in on the sale

the claws of D-9 bulldozers unearth
the livelihood of occupied Palestinians
uprooting their crops and cemeteries
to make way for illegal settlements

but we need a positive
campus climate

while HP’s stock rises on division
producing technology to segregate
Palestinians. Biometric ids at checkpoints
equipment. enhancing the naval blockade
of an open air prison

Palestinians on campus listen to words
like climate, positive, hurt feelings
knowing their tuition invests in companies
reigning terror on loved ones
that suffering, like their voices
is non-existent to student board members
looking for cushy jobs at top 5 law firms

but this divestment bill
is divisive

the Montgomery bus boycott, divisive
the grape boycott, one sided
abolishing slavery, radical
Nelson Mandela, a terrorist
indigenous, savages
women’s suffrage, complicated
desegregation, provocative
Hiroshima, security
internment camps, a necessity
bantustans, autonomy
Iraq, liberation
Palestine, barren

there is always an excuse
catch phrases, talking points
strip away names and faces
we are being militant, unreasonable
there is context to this oppression

the word apartheid, it makes
you feel uncomfortable?

it is apartheid by definition
fits the ‘73 convention
by law, it is a crime
against humanity

two sets of laws
for two people
labor, land ownership
access to education

50 laws of discrimination
46 years of occupation
27,000 homes demolished
nearly a million arrested
since ‘67

whoa! whoa! whoa!
every nation has problems
but why the singling out on campuses?

you mean like…
Darfur, Tibet, South Africa
sweatshops, Coca Cola
animal testing, the Keystone Pipeline
undocumented rights
the prison industrial complex
fossil fuels, teacher’s unions
university cuts and bottled water?
the real question
why are you singling out
any injustice for protection?

let me get the next one for you
Israel is democratic
democratic
like coal is clean
Miller Lite is the same great taste, less filling
and McDonald’s salads are healthy

these are not imagined scenarios
our tuition dollars are profiting off of death
divestment is the next step

this is not about a nation or a people
but what is being done to people
in our names, with our currency
this university will not liberate anyone
but it can choose to cease
making a buck off of misery
vote Yes for divestment
No to appeasement
affirming injustice
isn’t positive
for any climate

Nelson Mandela – The Special AKA

R.I.P. Nelson Mandela

Mohammed Hassona – We Are Hope For Freedom (Gaza, 2013)

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Mohammed Hassona , Graphic Designer and Blogger, Gaza, Occupied Palestine – http://im7mad.wordpress.com

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Qalandiya – Photograph by Samar Hazboun

Qalandiya Refugee Camp, Occupied Palestine. Photograph © Samar Hazboun

Qalandiya Refugee Camp, Occupied Palestine. Photograph © Samar Hazboun

Dear Alicia Keys

aliciakeysboycottisraeliapartheid

Saturday February 23rd, 2013


Dear Alicia Keys,

As you may be aware, Palestinians seeking freedom, justice and equality are engaged in non-violent resistance to over 64 years of Israel’s apartheid, ethnic cleansing, and colonialism. A broad coalition of Palestinian civil society groups are leading the global campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against apartheid Israel, joined by Israeli and international activists.

We as artists can act in coordination with this global movement by understanding the call for cultural boycott. To challenge Israel’s robotic use of the arts to smokescreen its human rights violations, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) asks artists everywhere to help deprogram it. Specifically, the campaign asks that:

As was done in the case of South African apartheid, please join us now in the cultural boycott of Israel, and help stop entertaining apartheid. For more information about the cultural boycott as it relates to artists, please visit: http://declaration.artistsagainstapartheid.org

Signed,
Artists Against Apartheid

…………………………………………………..

Update: Alice Walker open lettter to Alicia Keys

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The Gaza Music School Reached Its Goal!

The Gaza Music School is in its final days of a fundraising campaign to fund upcoming programs. View the campaign homepage here:

The GMS was launched with the fundamental goal to develop music education, promote music appreciation, to introduce music as a tool for creative free expression and to the improvement of the creative potential of children in Gaza though music. The GMS has since been a place where musically talented children (aged 7-16) are incubated, where they learn the joy of music, and share it with their community. The School has also opened opportunities for children’s talents and skills to grow and be exposed to a variety of cultures through the international language of music.

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Support The Gaza Music School

Thank You Stevie Wonder

Stevie This letter is issued in response to the announcement in Y-net News that Stevie Wonder is booked to perform at the annual gala of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (FIDF) organization, Thursday, December 6, Los Angeles. FIDF is an institution complicit in maintaining Israeli apartheid. The performance has been cancelled.

November 28th, 2012

Dear Stevie Wonder,

As you may be aware, Palestinians seeking freedom, justice and equality are engaged in non-violent resistance to over 64 years of Israel’s apartheid, ethnic cleansing, and colonialism. A broad coalition of Palestinian civil society groups are leading the global campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against apartheid Israel, joined by Israeli and international activists.

We as artists can act in coordination with this global movement by understanding the call for cultural boycott. To challenge Israel’s robotic use of the arts to smokescreen its human rights violations, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) asks artists everywhere to help deprogram it. Specifically, the campaign asks that:

As was done in the case of South African apartheid, please join us now in the cultural boycott of Israel, and help stop entertaining apartheid. For more information about the cultural boycott as it relates to artists, please visit: http://declaration.artistsagainstapartheid.org

Signed,

Artists Against Apartheid


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Take Action: Sign the Petition organized by the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation

Rafeef Ziadah performs “Hadeel”

Rafeef Ziadah performs “HADEEL”


Rafeef Ziadah is a Palestinian spoken-word artist and activist. She received an Ontario Arts Council Grant from the ‘Word of Mouth’ program to create her debut album Hadeel. Rafeef started performing poetry in Toronto in 2004 with the spoken word collective Pueblo Unido and is the winner of the 2007 Mayworks Festival Poetry Face-Off. Rafeef’s poetry speaks to the struggle of immigrants to “make it to/in Canada” and the politics of exile. Being Palestinian she reflects on the realities of her homeland today, to which she is not allowed to return.

http://rafeefziadah.fanbridge.com/

Yaseen – Gaza 2012

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By Yaseen
Guitar Tommy Rei
Video Yaseen
Footage TYT, CNN, Al Quds, Youtube
2012

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Lyrics:
My heart is half dead
My ears are surprised
My eyes cant see clearly
Every time I read the news

The event happened from right to left
They captured the event from the left.
History started from the right
Now its being written from the left

Every time I defend palestine
They make me feel I’m playing with fire
Every time I search palestine
Wikipedia tells me it doesn’t exist

What peace are you saying?
When homes get bombed everyday
What forgiveness are you saying?
When half of deaths are kids.

My heart is half dead
My ears are surprised
My eyes cant see clearly
Every time I read the news
My brain gets a stroke
Seeing the change in life’s direction
My body feels crippled
Condemnation is not enough

My heart is half dead
My ears are surprised
My eyes cant see clearly
Every time I read the news

The event happened from right to left
They captured the event from the left.
History started from the right
Now its being written from the left

Gaza you are Prideful
Missiles hits you
As we cannot count them
For every mom that has shaded tears, lost her kid.
Eye for an eye
Tooth for a tooth
For every hit there will be a rebuttal.

My heart is half dead
My ears are surprised
My eyes cant see clearly
Every time I read the news
It’s neither death nor suicide,
It’s Gaza’s way of declaring their worth in life

Dear Red Hot Chili Peppers

Dear Red Hot Chili Peppers,

As you may be aware, Palestinians seeking freedom, justice and equality are engaged in non-violent resistance to over 64 years of Israel’s apartheid, ethnic cleansing, and colonialism. A broad coalition of Palestinian civil society groups are leading the global campaign of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against apartheid Israel, joined by Israeli and international activists.

We as artists can act in coordination with this global movement by understanding the call for cultural boycott. To challenge Israel’s robotic use of the arts to smokescreen its human rights violations, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) asks artists everywhere to help deprogram it. Specifically, the campaign asks that:

As was done in the case of South African apartheid, please join us now in the cultural boycott of Israel, and help stop entertaining apartheid. For more information about the cultural boycott as it relates to artists, please visit: http://declaration.artistsagainstapartheid.org

Signed,
Artists Against Apartheid

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The Red Hot Chili Peppers performed in the 2011 Hoping Foundation variety show in London, an event which raised over £392,000  for the group’s activities for Palestinian refugee children. A petition urging that the Red Hot Chili Peppers cancel their upcoming performance, slated for September 10th 2012, has over 2300 signatures: http://t.co/ufiQUZUO

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