Advocates for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement have set their sights on a new target – recording artist Alicia Keys.
Keys, a Grammy-winning singer, who is scheduled to perform in Tel Aviv this summer, is currently being urged by anti-Israel supporters to cancel her show via Facebook, letters, Twitter and a petition.
In response, a counter-petition was created by Creative Community for Peace which we urge you to sign and share widely.
“We, the undersigned, wholeheartedly support your upcoming tour in Israel and your dedication to your fans across the globe,” the letter states. “We know you are hearing falsehoods about Israel being an apartheid state and unfair comparisons of Israel to apartheid South Africa. These messages are filled with distortions and untruths that seek to malign Israel and distort the discourse of those that seek peace.”
The CCP petition asks Keys to stand up to Israel’s detractors and join the ranks of superstars such as Rihanna, Elton John, Paul McCartney, Black Eyed Peas, Missy Elliot, Metallica, Lady Gaga, Madonna and many others who have used the power of music to help bring hope and peace to the region.
Additionally, it makes the important point that cultural boycotts such as these only serve to create division and not change. Singling out and blaming one party is detrimental to peace, which will only come about through dialogue, and when both the Israeli and Palestinian narratives are recognized.
Please join us, CCP and nearly 10,000 people (and counting!) who have signed this important letter. Click here to add your name.