March 01, 2011

Pete Seeger now supports BDS

I only just noticed this on Quick JSF.  Great news to hear that Pete Seeger has now signed up for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against the racist war criminals of the State of Israel.  Here's Ha'aretz:
American folk music legend Pete Seeger on Monday officially joined the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions campaign - an international movement to pressure and sanction Israel through economic means.
Seeger, 92, one of the fathers of American folk music, is a veteran political and peace activist. In the 1950s he was interrogated by the McCarthyist House Unamerican Activities Committee and two years ago performed for U.S. President Barack Obama's inauguration concert.
So what happened?
On Monday, Seeger withdrew his support of a project associated with the Jewish National Fund's American branch, after Israeli and Palestinian activists told him of the JNF's role in driving the Bedouins out of their Negev areas. 
After a meeting with ICAHD coordinator Jeff Halper, Seeger reportedly said his participation in the JNF project had been misunderstood and announced his support for BDS.
Hmm, misunderstood? Ah, now I think I see. If you check out the Jerusalem Post article it looks like he underestimated the role of the Jewish National Fund in an event he participated in and the extent of its role in ethnic cleansing in Palestine.


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