Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Gil Scott-Heron pulls out of Israel concert in move to support of boycott campaign



More than 50 organizations and artists from eight countries have written to legendary political singer and poet Gil Scott-Heron to thank him for his decision to drop Israel from his current tour. The letter, facilitated by Adalah-NY, highlighted the parallels between the South African apartheid that Scott-Heron crusaded against decades ago and the Israeli system that currently subjugates Palestinians.

Press release was issued by Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel on 5 May 2010 - read more at Electronic Intifada

Turkish prime minister backs flotilla to break Gaza siege


In a blow to Israel the Turkish prime minister Erdogan has come out in support of the flotilla being organised to break the siege of Gaza.
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan told organizers of a sail to Gaza Tuesday that he would support them in their efforts to "break the oppressive siege on the Gaza Strip".

The independent Palestinian news agency PNN reported that during the Istanbul meeting with members of the European Campaign to End the Siege on Gaza (ECESG) Erdogan said the breaking of the siege was "at the top of Turkey's list of priorities".

He said he would also support efforts to rebuild "what the Israeli war machine destroyed 15 months ago".

Israel's recent acceptance into the ranks of the OECD also came up. "We must force Israel to lift the siege on Gaza and respect human rights as a condition for its acceptance into any international organization," Erdogan said. more
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