Tue Aug 20, 2013 5:13AM
A well-known British musician has in an open letter called on his fellow musicians to boycott the Zionist Israeli regime following the example of the cultural boycott against the former South African Apartheid regime. “Given the inability or unwillingness of our governments [to act] …. I write to you now, my brothers and sisters … to ask you to join with me, and thousands of other artists around the world, to declare a cultural boycott on Israel,” Roger Waters said in his letter published by Electronic Intifada website. Waters said the Zionist regime has been found guilty of major breaches of human rights and the international law independently by international organizations, United Nations officials and the International Court of Justice. He touched on two such cases saying the regime has been identified as perpetrating the “crime of Apartheid”, including in a statement on March 9, 2012 by UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, and the “crime of ethnic cleansing” including in East Jerusalem (al-Quds). Waters added he has been a member of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against the Israeli regime’s occupation of the Palestinian lands and Tel Aviv’s violations of Palestinian human rights for seven years and now wants other musicians to also join the anti-Israeli front. “Please join me and all our brothers and sisters in global civil society in proclaiming our rejection of Apartheid in Israel and occupied Palestine, by pledging not to perform or exhibit in Israel or accept any award or funding from any institution linked to the government of Israel, until such time as Israel complies with international law and universal principles of human rights,” he said. The former Pink Floyd Musician also said he has recently faced a boycott by American media after his November 29, 2012 address at the United Nations on behalf of the Russell Tribunal. In the address he sought accountability for the Zionist regime’s violations of the international law and the lack of United Nations resolve that prevent the Palestinian people from achieving their inalienable rights, especially the right of self-determination. AMR/HE