Panggung Radiohead Terancam Batal di Israel
Selama lebih dari satu dekade, para pelaku industri hiburan merasa tertekan dan menghindari tampil di Israel sebagai protes atas pendudukan Israel di Palestina.
Meskipun demikian, beberapa band ternama dunia seperti Radiohead akan tampil di Israel pada musim panas ini.
Sekarang, beberapa musisi seangkatan Radiohead telah menandatangani sebuah surat terbuka yang meminta Radiohead "untuk berpikir ulang lagi" untuk tampil di Tel Aviv, Israel pada 19 Juli mendatang.
Musisi dunia seperti Roger Waters, Thurston Moore, tokoh TV & Radio Tunde Adebimpe, dan 50 musisi lainnya telah mencantumkan nama mereka pada surat terbuka tersebut.
Isi surat terbuka tersebut adalah "Dengan bermain di Israel kalian akan bermain dalam keadaan di mana sebuah sistem apartheid telah dikenakan pada orang-orang Palestina."
AN OPEN LETTER TO RADIOHEAD
London, April 24th 2017
Dear Thom Yorke, Jonny Greenwood, Colin Greenwood, Ed O’Brien and Philip Selway,
You’re listed to play Tel Aviv in July this year.
We’d like to ask you to think again – because by playing in Israel you’ll be playing in a state where, UN rapporteurs say, ‘a system of apartheid has been imposed on the Palestinian people’.
We understand you’ve been approached already by Palestinian campaigners. They’ve asked you to respect their call for a cultural boycott of Israel, and you’ve turned them down. Since Radiohead campaigns for freedom for the Tibetans, we’re wondering why you’d turn down a request to stand up for another people under foreign occupation. And since Radiohead fronted a gig for the 50th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, we’re wondering why you’d ignore a call to stand against the denial of those rights when it comes to the Palestinians.
Radiohead once issued a statement saying: ‘Without the work of organisations like Amnesty International, the Universal Declaration would be mere rhetoric’. You’ve clearly read Amnesty’s reports, so you’ll know that Israel denies freedom to the Palestinians under occupation, who can’t live where they want, can’t travel as they please, who get detained (and often tortured) without charge or trial, and can’t even use Facebook without surveillance, censorship and arrest.
In asking you not to perform in Israel, Palestinians have appealed to you to take one small step to help pressure Israel to end its violation of basic rights and international law. Surely if making a stand against the politics of division, of discrimination and of hate means anything at all, it means standing against it everywhere – and that has to include what happens to Palestinians every day. Otherwise the rest is, to use your words, ‘mere rhetoric’.
You may think that sharing the bill with Israeli musicians Dudu Tassa & the Kuwaitis, who play Jewish-Arabic music, will make everything OK. It won’t, any more than ‘mixed’ performances in South Africa brought closer the end of the apartheid regime. Please do what artists did in South Africa’s era of oppression: stay away, until apartheid is over.