Kiri Te Kanawa asked to campaign against Israeli apartheid
Kiri Te Kanawa asked to support BDS campaign against Israeli apartheid
Global Peace and Justice Auckland is calling on New Zealand diva Kiri Te Kanawa to abandon plans to sing at the Israel Festival in late May.
The call has been made in support of the growing international BDS (Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions) campaign against Israeli apartheid.
"We have asked her to support the boycott and its aims of:
· Ending Israeli military occupation of the West Bank and the blockade of the Gaza strip
· Ending the building of illegal, exclusive Jewish settlements on Palestinian land
· Allowing the return of Palestinian refugees to their land and homes in Israel
By going to Israel in the face of a call by Palestinians for a comprehensive boycott Kiri Te Kanawa would be turning her back on the Palestinian struggle while giving comfort to Israeli apartheid and its brutal military occupation of Palestinian land.
The message we sent her is copied below. It was sent a month ago but we have yet to receive a response.
Global Peace and Justice Auckland