Snoop Dogg (Aka Cordozar Calvin Broadus Jr)
We will not be able to attend your upcoming show in Tel Aviv this September. A group of us, Israeli citizens who support the Palestinian Boycott campaign on Israel and enjoy your music for so many years now, will just not be there. we look up to your musical achievements and some of us are devoted fans who have been following your inspirational artistic career for some time now. It has been an enjoyable period for us as for many others who are inspired by your strong sense of political justice, and acknowledgment of the dangerous racist powers to be. Oh, and we digged the tunes too.
We owe you a lot, for allowing us to take part in the Snoop Dogg state of mind, as perfected in your words and sounds, through so many albums and shows. we also owe you some crucial advice regarding your upcoming performance in Israel. Our advice and request is that you cancel the upcoming show in protest of the ongoing war crimes committed on a daily basis by Israel against The Palestinian people inside Israel, in the West Bank, and in the Gaza Strip.
Israel has been practicing in a racist colonial frenzy for more than 60 years now, and continues to be a racist state, composed of Apartheid like laws and customs. Like Latin and African communities in the U.S, the Palestinians who reside in Israel suffer constant and systematic discrimination. There are thousands of Palestinian Rodney Kings, many of them are jailed in Guantanamo style prisons, for unlimited time periods, under inhumane conditions. Furthermore, unlike the American brand of racism, Israel is formally committed to the position that it is the Jewish state which strives to maintain Jewish domination. Consequently non Jewish citizens (to say nothing of non citizens in the occupied territories) are systematically discriminated against and denied the rights reserved to Jews. This ranges across all aspects of political and social life, from immigration to urban planning to the educational system.
Your arrival to Israel would mean a slap in the face to the Palestinian struggle for freedom and sovereignty. It would also be a slap in the face for us, Israeli citizens who object the immoral deeds done in our names, with our taxes money. As much as we would like to see you perform in Israel, as activists for human rights we feel that we must put our preferences aside in solidarity with those whom our people have been oppressing for the last 60 years.
We are truly sorry we won't be able to attend your concert in Israel. We do think that if eventually you do come here you need to see what is going on here, and will be glad to assist in organizing an eye opening tour of Palestine for you and for the additional musicians and helpers coming with you.
Boycotting Israel is the only sane option we have left to overthrow the bloodthirsty war criminals that run our country. We believe that when artists such as your self stand up and refuse to perform in Israel as long as its violent regime rules the destinies of millions of oppressed indigenous people, it sends a clear message to the Israeli government and its citizens, a message of zero tolerance towards racism and apartheid.
Lastly, as we understand your show is already booked, you might wonder what you can do at this point. We think that the proper thing to do in this case is to consult with the Palestinian originators of the boycott call at pacbi: http://pacbi.org.We do encourage you however, to consider the fact that a growing mass of international artists have decided recently to avoid from performing in Israel. Among them are Bjork, Bono, The Rolling Stones, and filmmakers such as Jean Luc Godard. Hundreds of Palestinian intellectuals, artists, and activists back this call for Boycott and we believe you will consider their stand on this crucial matter.
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