Prominent Indian musician cancels Israel appearance

From Omar Barghouti:

Here’s the petition organized by the Indian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel that seems to have convinced Zakir Hussain to cancel his Tel Aviv gig:

Palestinians had also appealed to him at a personal level to cancel, while many international BDS supporters publicly urged him not to entertain apartheid Israel.

Hussain’s cancellation, coming on the heals of similar cancellations by Cassandra Wilson, Cat Power, among other international celebrities, has rattled the Israeli establishment and triggered even wider debate on the fast growth of BDS, particularly in the cultural domain, and its direct connection to Israel’s intensifying crimes against the Palestinians.

The fact that the latest BBC poll of world public opinion shows Israel competing with North Korea over the spot of the third most negatively viewed country in the world should come as no surprise, in this context.

Prominent Indian musician cancels Israel appearance
Zakir Hussain, considered one of the world’s most influential Indian musicians, cancels planned concerts in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, citing security concerns.

Haaretz  Jun. 11, 2012

Zakir Hussain, an internationally known tabla (hand drum) player, who is considered one of the world’s most influential Indian musicians, has canceled planned appearances in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv scheduled for July.

The reason given was fear for the personal security of Hussain and his musicians, due to tension in the region.

“He encountered strong objections to his visit to Israel, which manifested themselves in personal requests and an Internet petition that garnered signatures from more than 85 Indian artists,” his managers said.


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