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Protest Against Quartet's Support for Occupation

PHRC Deplores Jerusalem Quartet Support for Occupation

On Saturday, April 1, for the second time in two years, the Palestine Human Rights Campaign (PHRC) will be protesting at the Auckland Town Hall against the visit of the Israeli Jerusalem Quartet, whose members support Israel’s violent military Occupation of Palestine.

PHRC had hoped that the Quartet would take a lead from the great Israeli musician, conductor Daniel Barenboim who, with other Jewish artists, authors, academics and professionals have condemned the inhuman and racist policies practised by Israel against the Palestinian people. We have twice asked the Quartet whether they would be prepared to emulate Barenboim’s courageous bridge building with the Palestinians. So far we have had no response.

When the musicians of the Jerusalem Quartet play Shostakovich’s String Quartet No 8, which is ‘dedicated to the victims of racism and war’, we ask them to give a thought to the nearly 4000 Palestinians who have been killed by Israeli military action in the last four years. We call upon all those of conscience to join the growing global boycott of trade, cultural, academic and sporting relations with Israel until it respects Palestinian human rights and shows a willingness to abide by International Law and the Geneva Conventions.

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