Elton John: Don't Entertain Apartheid AGAIN!
PACBI, Occupied Ramallah, 13 February 2010
Dear Elton John,
The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) was genuinely troubled to learn that that you are scheduled to perform in Israel in June, in violation of the widely-endorsed Palestinian Guidelines for the International Cultural Boycott of Israel . We call upon you, as a world famous artist and a public supporter of key human rights organizations such as Amnesty International and Oxfam, not to perform in Israel, a state that maintains an illegal and inhumane system of occupation, colonization and apartheid and that has been widely accused by leading UN experts and human rights organizations, including Amnesty, of committing war crimes and other grave violations of human rights.
The Palestinian cultural boycott campaign against
In the spirit of this cultural boycott and consistent with its logic, on 8 May 2008, in a half-page advertisement in the International Herald Tribune under the banner “No Reason to Celebrate,” tens of leading international cultural figures -- including Mahmoud Darwish, Augusto Boal, Andre Brink, Ella Shohat, Judith Butler, Vincenzo Consolo, Ilan Pappe, David Toscana and Aharon Shabtai -- signed a statement responding to worldwide celebrations of Israel’s “60th anniversary” saying :
“There is no reason to celebrate!
Your show in
Your performance in Israel would also violate the almost unanimously endorsed Palestinian civil society Call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (
The Israeli press reports that your concert is set to be sponsored by Israel Discount Bank.  This Bank‘s trading room and other computer services are run by an Israeli company called Matrix IT and located on land stolen from the Palestinian
In September 2009 Amnesty International withdrew its sponsorship of a Leonard Cohen concert in
It was reported that your 2008 South African tour was billed as your first tour of that country. However, it seems you had actually played in