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Letters published in the Yorkshire Evening Post in response to the Leeds PSC picket at Johnny Rotten’s concert:
IN response to Kevin Hartley’s letter (below), Palestine solidarity supporters do not demonise Israel – there is much that Israelis should be duly proud of. This does not mean there are not criticisms of Israel and that these are anti-Semitic.
The criticisms are that Israel violates international law and human rights as recognised by the UN – by continued expansion of its settlements in the Palestinian West Bank (as commented on by Barak Obama re: East Jerusalem), the blockade on Gaza (which even David Cameron described as a prison) and the system of check points, lack of freedom of movement and the apartheid wall that makes Palestinians’ lives and livelihoods acutely difficult in the West Bank and in Israel.
Many of the most active Palestine campaigners in the UK are Jewish and we are clear that it is the Israeli State (and not Jews) that we are critical of.
This anti-apartheid boycott campaign is the peaceful one, in which we can all take part, to collectively pressurise Israel to stop the above violations and to start a peace process with Palestine.
Whilst John Lydon may or may not boycott Israel, many other artists have (Carlos Santana, Elvis Costello, Ian Banks etc).
For Mr Hartley’s information, I do campaign and support campaigns against injustice and poverty here and abroad and don’t just boycott Israeli goods. I also promote fairtrade and buy fairtrade products, including Zaytoun Palestinian olive oil. I believe we can use our consumer power by supporting and boycotting and hope others will consider doing the same.
– C MacDonald, Leeds (Published Date: 05 August 2010)
in response to:
Further to your report of July 22 regarding the Palestinian supporters’ campaign to boycott Israel and urge entertainers like rocker John Lydon not to perform, this is saddening.
Israel is not an “apartheid” state as was suggested; all of its citizens have equal rights under the law regardless of race or religion despite what these misguided campaigners say.
Israel’s situation is totally unique and her need for security is paramount.
The attempt by these campaigners to demonise Israel and portray it as malign is an obvious form of distasteful anti-semitism which we can do without.
I suggest these campaigners turn their attention and efforts to far more worthwhile causes, such as the real poverty and injustices that exist right here in the UK.
– Kevin Hartley, by email (Published Date: 28 July 2010)
UPDATED report and video of the protest
We had a good turn out, 20+, despite short notice, the secretary of Bolton PSC came up to support as well.
At least one person didn’t go in on the basis of him playing Tel Aviv and a number of people took Palestinian flags inside. Academy staff told us the gig was not even close to sold out, indeed, the amount of people going appeared to be quite poor.
A couple of our activists had the bright idea to hit the pubs where the fans were drinking and generally the mood was supportive. Many people were unaware he was going to Tel Aviv and agreed that he shouldn’t go.
The picture above shows the picket singing two home-produced songs, you can download the lyrics here:
Mr Rotten had something to say about the protestors outside the gig too(!): [video contains swearing]
“… To think that Mr Rotten would be backing Apartheid, that’s really f*ckin’ dumb c*nts for ya.
Yes I fully intend to go to Israel. I support no f*ckin’ government anywhere – never have, never will.
And here’s a nice little fact for the fools in the wooly t-shirts: Jews are people too…”
You think we’re getting to him yet?
Keep up the great work! Glasgow on Monday!
Grab the Lyrics! Oh no, John, no…. & When Johnny goes out to Palestine
Scottish PSC Glasgow will be picketing at the Johnny Rotten/Public Image Ltd gig at the O2 ABC, 300 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow on Monday 26 July 2010.
Doors open 7pm, so get there around 6.30pm to join the picket!
Get some ideas from Leeds PSC’s picket on Friday:
Spread the word to your Scottish friends!
Liverpool Friends of Palestine will be leafleting outside Liverpool’s O2 Academy on Saturday evening. Public Image Limited are playing there that evening. The band is headed by John Lydon, formerly and better known as Johnny Rotten of the Sex Pistols.
The protest is held because the band’s tour culminates at the end of August with an appearance in Tel-Aviv (Israel’s capital city). This is in violation of the cultural and economic boycott which Friends of Palestine supports. The group say that PIL and other bands should not visit Israeli venues until there is justice for the Palestinians.
A growing number of artists have decided to observe and support the cultural boycott. Last month Friends of Palestine leafleted Elvis Costello’s Liverpool concert to thank him for cancelling his planned gig in Tel-Aviv. Other artists who have taken this stance include Gil Scott-Heron, The Pixies, Carlos Santana and the Klaxons.
The attitude of John Lydon has been quite unrepentant. There have been protests at earlier concerts on this tour, most recently in Bristol on 20 July.
Tom Bimpson, chairman of the Friends of Palestine group, said “There is something rotten in the state of Israel even before Johnny gets there. He should stay away and show some support for the Palestinians. If he thinks his ‘one-man army’ will bring about change in Palestine he is sadly mistaken”
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UPDATE! BBC Radio Leeds interview:
Former Sex Pistols frontman John Lydon/Rotten and his group Public Image Limited will be the focus of a protest by Leeds PSC tomorrow.
This comes ahead of his planned concert in Tel Aviv and comments in The Independent about objections to the Israeli leg of his tour:
I really resent the presumption that I’m going there to play to right-wing Nazi jews, if Elvis-f*cking-Costello wants to pull out of a gig in Israel because he’s suddenly got this compassion for Palestinians, then good on him.
But I have absolutely one rule, right?
Until I see an Arab country, a Muslim country, with a democracy, I won’t understand how anyone can have a problem with how they’re treated.
Events in Leeds on Friday July 23:
Andy Brown from Leeds PSC will be interviewed live on BBC Radio Leeds at 7am:
Protesters will gather from 7pm in front of the venue: O2 Academy, 55 Cookridge Street, Leeds
Leeds PSC group have also taken out a half page in Yorkshire Evening Post and on the Guardian Leeds site: Lydon/Rotten: Palestine protesters set to demonstrate at Leeds gig Friday 23 July
Check out the Cultural Boycott page at Leeds PSC & Johnny Rotten you ain’t no human being if u play the Israeli fascist regime on Facebook.
Bristol PSC’s press release about their protest at Johnny Rotten’s Bristol gig:
Palestine supporters maintained a vigorous picket throughout the evening outside the O2 Academy, in Bristol on Tuesday 20th July.
Chanting “Johnny Rotten, Johnny Rotten, Gaza must not be forgotten” they waved flags and placards.
They spoke to fans attending the gig and handed out fliers and cards.
Accompanying the picket were two eight-foot high stilt-walkers.
These were dressed as Johnny Rotten in his punk-rock era garb of union-jack jacket and spiked hair, plus a machine-gun armed Israeli Soldier.
Former Sex Pistols frontman, Johnny Rotten is currently embarking on a European Tour which culminates with a headline appearance in Tel Aviv at the end of August. Campaigners throughout the UK are appalled at his decision and are aiming to get their message across to fans urging them to appeal to Johnny to cancel his Israel date.
Several hundred fans attended the gig from all across the South West.
Some weren’t interested in talking to the protesters, and a few obviously misunderstood the issues.