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Statement on Jihad al-Murr’s Lawsuit against BDS Organizers in Lebanon

Posted in Actions in Lebanon, Arab Complicity, Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions, Normalization, Take Action on October 24, 2011 by Marcy Newman

You may have heard of the Jihad Al-Murr lawsuit against the organizers of the boycott of the 2010 Placebo concert in Lebanon. If not, here’s a quick recap:

Samah Idriss, director of Dar al-Adab publishing house, received a court summons [recently] from Beirut’s commerce court. Idriss is implicated in a lawsuit for his involvement in a Lebanese boycott campaign against the British rock group Placebo last year. Jihad el-Murr, who heads the company that organized the event, filed the suit on 10 July 2011.

El-Murr is suing Idriss, as well as three other groups involved in the campaign: the Aidoun Refugee Rights Center, the Campaign to Boycott the Supporters of Israel in Lebanon, and the Global BDS Campaign in Lebanon. El-Murr, a self-described famous businessman from a prominent family, is demanding US$180,000 compensation for his company’s financial losses allegedly caused by the boycott campaign.

Jihad el Murr is suing these four organizations/campaigns on the grounds that, because we called for the boycott of Placebo’s concert in Lebanon because they had just performed in Israel, we are thus financially responsible for the smaller turnout at this 2010 concert than the number that went to the 2004 Placebo concert in Lebanon. The lawsuit may have been inspired by the recent anti-boycott law passed by Knesset – which can hold individuals/organizations that call for boycott to be financially responsible for any losses endured by a company/other even without that company proving that the statements have resulted in the loss. The lawsuit may also have been inspired by potential future plans by Jihad el Murr. Either way, the intent is clear: to silence the boycott movement, and to muzzle free speech.

So:

Are you opposed to this anti-boycott lawsuit?
Are you opposed to this attempt to stifle free expression?

If so, please read the statement below. If you agree to this statement, please sign your full name, address, profession, and organization (if any). Please sign your name either in the “comment” section below or email it directly to me at rania.z.masri[at]gmail.com

Note: if you live in Lebanon, you may choose to sign a statement declaring that you are a member of the Campaign to Boycott Zionist Supporters in Lebanon. If so, please state as such in your email or in your comment.

We, the undersigned, attest that we are members of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. We attest that, consequently, we are defendants in the lawsuit against us by To You To See, represented by its manager Mr. Jihad Al-Murr, on the basis of our support for the boycott of the Placebo concert in June 2010 due to Placebo’s insistence on performing in Israel on the eve of the massacre against the Freedom Flotilla.

We, the undersigned, further declare our full stance in solidarity in the defense against this lawsuit. We shall regard this lawsuit as another platform and a new opportunity to consecrate our campaign to boycott supporters of zionist oppression and racism, and to emphasize our right to express what we see as just in the pursuit of this human right. We also stand in solidarity with all the other defendants in this case, including Samah Idriss of the Al-Adab magazine, the Refugee Rights Center – Aidoun, and the Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel in Lebanon.
Sometimes the justice system is used to oppress free voices and to strengthen certain power structures. In this lawsuit,the justice system shall be first and foremost a platform to empower the values of justice and freedom in resisting injustice and oppression.

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California Activists Launch Ballot initiative to divest from Israel

Posted in Actions in Lebanon on September 10, 2010 by Marcy Newman

ISRAEL DIVESTMENT CAMPAIGN (IDC):

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

“DIVEST FROM ISRAEL” CALIFORNIA BALLOT INITIATIVE LAUNCHES IN LA ON WEDNESDAY

WITH A SIGNING CEREMONY IN FRONT OF ISRAELI CONSULATE

California Israel Divestment Campaign

http://www.israeldivestmentcampaign.org

VISUALS: Giant petition to be signed by speakers; Posters of campaign logo

LOS ANGELES, CA (Sept.7) –Californians committed to peace and justice for Palestine-Israel will launch the statewide campaign of California ballot Initiative 10-0020 with a signing ceremony in front of the Israeli Consulate in Los Angeles on Wednesday, September 8, 2010. Although California has adopted policies requiring divestment from Sudan, Iran and other nations, this is the first ballot measure in the nation aimed at changing Israeli policies through divestment by State agencies. It directs California’s large public employee and teacher pension funds to be consistent with their responsible investing policies and to divest from companies that violate the human rights of Palestinians. The description provided by the office of the Attorney General when it approved the measure for circulation says that the initiative “prohibits state retirement funds from investing in companies engaged in certain business activities in Israel.”

WHEN: NOON, Wednesday, September 8, 2010

WHERE: In front of the Israeli Consulate, 6380 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90048

WHY: Launch Ballot Initiative Drive to Require Public Employee Systems to Divest from Certain Business Activities in Israel

WHO: Shakeel Syed, Executive Director of the Islamic Shura Council of Southern California; Rev. Dr. DarELL T. Weist retired, Senior Minister United Methodist Church of Los Angeles; Yael Korin, Israeli-American researcher; Mahmood Ibrahim, Palestinian-American Professor of History, California State Polytechnic University Pomona; Rosie Martinez, labor activist, Latino Caucus, SEIU 721; and Andy Griggs, retired teacher LAUSD, STRS members, United Teachers of Los Angeles (UTLA) activist.

“Our government has done nothing to end Israel’s brutal occupation and violation of internationally recognized human rights,” said Sacramento resident Chris Yatooma, the founder of Israel Divestiture Forum and the official proponent of the initiative, “including UN Resolutions and the Geneva Conventions.”

“Our tax dollars now help fund these violations of human rights to the tune of more than $3 billion a year in grants, adding up to a staggering $106 billion over the past five decades.” said Israeli-born campaign organizer Yael Korin.

“California retirement funds have their own disturbing record,” said local campaign organizer Sherna Gluck, a member of the Public Employee Retirement System (PERS). “Our public retirement systems have more than $1.5 billion invested in at least eight companies that provide war materials and services used in violation of internationally recognized human rights, including support for the illegal Israeli settlements and the “Separation Wall.”

Public pension funds in Norway and Sweden have already divested from one of the companies identified by the initiative organizers.

Organized by a diverse group of Californians, the initiative has been endorsed by two Nobel Peace Laureates: Archbishop Desmond Tutu, one of the principal leaders of South Africa’s successful struggle to end Apartheid and Mairead Maguire, renowned Belfast peacemaker.

Leading local endorsers include Marcy Winograd, former California congressional candidate; Stanley Sheinbaum, well-known peace advocate and organizer of the historic meeting in which the PLO expressed its willingness to abandon armed struggle and recognize Israel; and Executive Director Hussam Ayloush of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR-LA). Local clergy, labor activists and members of PERS and the State Teachers Retirement System (STRS) have also endorsed the initiative. Several key endorsers will be present on Wednesday to become the first signers of the ballot initiative.

For a complete list of the current endorsers, see: http://www.israeldivestmentcampaign.org/endorsements.htm.

“Because I am a teacher” said Marcy Winograd, former congressional candidate and a STRS participant, “I am particularly concerned that my retirement funds might be used to further colonize Palestinian land or to erase the beautiful olive groves planted by the indigenous residents of the West Bank.”

Californians who do not want their state retirement funds to contribute to the violation of human rights are mobilizing a statewide campaign mirroring the worldwide anti-Apartheid movement that toppled White rule in South Africa. Their work draws moral support from Archbishop Tutu’s August 22nd endorsement message to Californians: “We defeated Apartheid nonviolently because the international community agreed to support the disinvestment in Apartheid campaign. A similar campaign can help to bring peace in the Middle East and do so nonviolently.”

Tadamon! Statement in solidarity with Al Adab Magazine


Posted in Actions in Lebanon, International BDS Actions on August 7, 2010 by Marcy Newman

6 août 2010 | August 2010, Montreal, Quebec

The Tadamon! collective wishes to express its full solidarity with Mr. Samah Idriss, editor of Al Adab (“Literature”) Magazine.

About Al Adab

Since its inception in 1953, this important Arabic cultural magazine has played a key role in encouraging progressive thought and debate in the Arab world.

Published in Beirut, Lebanon, Al Adab magazine has become a meeting place for critical reflection on grassroots democratic movements and a platform for voices decrying both colonization and dictatorship throughout the Middle East.

Al Adab creates space for meaningful political dialogue while actively promoting the development of progressive ideas free of the influence of political or religious institutions. As an independent publication, Al Adab does not rely on corporate funding, which allows the magazine the freedom to publish articles and commentary which challenge imperialism in the Arab world. The contributors and editors of this publication use words as weapons against the Israeli apartheid system, the US military occupation of Iraq and the many other situations of social injustice that shape life for many across the Middle East.

The Lawsuit against Samah Idriss, Al Adab’s editor

Tadamon! has followed the lawsuit filed in Lebanon against Al Adab editor Samah Idriss with great interest. Mr. Idriss was sued by Mr. Fakhri Karim, a senior advisor of Iraqi president Jalal Talabani, who supports the US occupation of Iraq.

In the spring of 2007, an editorial entitled “A critique of pseudo-critical consciousness: Kurdistan – Iraq: A case in point” appeared in the pages of Al Adab. This article underlined the active complicity of some so-called “progressive” Arab intellectuals with the US military’s ongoing crimes in occupied Iraq. Idriss specifically criticized Karim for remarks he made at a cultural festival in Iraq in which Karim, a so-called “progressive,” praised the US-backed Talabani regime.

Tadamon! was shocked to learn that in March 2010, a Lebanese court found Al Adab editor Samah Idriss guilty of the defamation of Mr. Fakhri Karim due to the content of the aforementioned article.

One of Tadamon’s basic goals is to promote solidarity with progressive movements for social justice in the Middle East. We therefore stand in solidarity with Al Adab Magazine. This case sets a dangerous precedent towards criminalizing critical progressive thought in the Middle East, which would represent a serious step backwards for freedom of speech in the region.

When we consider the hundreds of thousands of Iraqi women, men, and children who have lost their lives since the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 and the reality that the occupation continues to fuel sectarian strife across Iraq, we recognize that Al Adab’s support of a policy of non-cooperation towards US occupation forces is critically important and is in line with the opinions of the vast majority of Iraqis today, who are calling for an immediate withdrawal of occupation forces.

Tadamon’s main project of building local support for the global campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israeli apartheid is rooted in the collective’s commitment to standing in solidarity with popular movements resisting colonial military occupation in the Middle East. It is this resistance that Al Adab Magazine keeps alive in its articles and it is this resistance which inspires us in our daily work to create a better, more just world.


Solidarity without borders!



Tadamon! August 2010
tel: 514 664 1036
email: info(at)tadamon.ca

LEBANON: Supermarket chain won’t sell Melitta coffee filters with Hebrew writing on package

Posted in Actions in Lebanon, Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions, Profiting from Zionism, Zionism on August 1, 2010 by Marcy Newman

At least one T.S.C. supermarket nestled in the quaint, largely Francophone neighborhood of Ashrafiyeh in Beirut recently sent back its shipment of Melitta coffee filters after discovering that the boxes had Hebrew script on the side.

PWC and T.S.C. have provided U.S. troops in the Middle East with food supplies since 2003.

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/babylonbeyond/2010/07/lebanon-german-coffee-filter-falsely-accused-of-being-israeli.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Babylo

Open letter from Lebanon to Diana Krall: Don’t entertain an apartheid state!

Posted in Actions in Lebanon, Apartheid, Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions, Cultural Boycott, Why Boycott?!, Zionism on July 20, 2010 by Marcy Newman

17 July 2010

Dear Ms. Krall,

We learned, with great enthusiasm, that you would be performing in Lebanon on August 2nd. Many of us were excited about finally getting the opportunity to hear you live, since we had enjoyed your music for years. However, when we later learned that you are planning to perform in Israel on August 4th after your performance in Lebanon, we no longer are willing to attend your Lebanon performance.

As you know, music cannot be isolated from politics. A visit to Israel, particularly now, is viewed by Israel, and internationally, as implicit support for Israeli policies and indifference to the victims of Israeli crimes. A performance in Israel, regardless of intentions, helps Israel cover up its violations of international law, particularly its criminal siege of 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza and its recent bloodbath aboard a humanitarian relief ship carrying hundreds of international human rights activists.

Several bands and artists have responded to the Palestinian Civil Society 2005 Call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel as a reaction to its occupation, apartheid and denial of Palestinian refugees their fundamental right to return to their homes, as stipulated in UN resolution 194. Please follow in the steps of the Pixies, Gorillaz Sound System, Elvis Costello, Gil Scott-Heron, Carlos Santana, Bono/U2, Devandra Banhart, among others, who have refrained from performing in Israel.

When Elvis Costello cancelled two events in Israel, he explained, “One lives in hope that music is more than mere noise, filling up idle time, whether intending to elate or lament. Then there are occasions when merely having your name added to a concert schedule may be interpreted as a political act that resonates more than anything that might be sung and it may be assumed that one has no mind for the suffering of the innocent.”

He cancelled his 30 June and 1 July events mid-May; the criminal activities of the Israeli government since have not diminished. Rather, their criminality has only intensified. We all saw the Israeli attack on the aid workers – the Freedom Flotilla – and the continued blockade against the Palestinians in Gaza. In response to Israel’s Freedom Flotilla massacre, the prominent Scottish writer, Iain Banks, wrote in the Guardian that the best way for international artists, writers and academics to “convince Israel of its moral degradation and ethical isolation” is “simply by having nothing more to do with this outlaw state.”1 We urge you not to allow your music and talent to be used to whitewash the crimes of this outlaw state.

It comes as an additional grievance to us that you plan to go to Israel after coming to Lebanon. It is not only the Palestinians who have been victimized by Israel. We, in Lebanon, have suffered a great deal. We deeply appreciate your talent, as millions around the world do, but we cannot enjoy it while you ignore the suffering caused by the recurring Israeli aggressions on Lebanon.

Israeli aggressions against Lebanon began in 1948, with the occupation and annexation of 30 Lebanese villages, and have continued quite regularly since then. In 1967, Israel occupied additional Lebanese villages. From 1970 to 1978, Israel repeatedly attacked Lebanese civilians by air, sea, and land. In 1978, the Israeli army invaded South Lebanon, killing more than one thousand civilians. In 1982, Israel invaded Lebanon further, besieged our capital, and oversaw the murder of thousands of women and children in the Sabra and Shatila Palestinian refugee camps. Israel continued to occupy approximately 20 per cent of Lebanon until 2000. Yet, the aggressions did not end with the liberation of Lebanese lands. In 1996 and in 1999, Israel attacked Lebanese civilians again. And, as you know, in 2006, Israel conducted its most aggressive onslaught against Lebanon. During that war, Israel twice bombed an electrical power plant and thus caused an oil spill of 15,000 tons of fuel, and Israel dropped more than one million cluster bombs in more than 40 towns and villages. Since 2006, many of our famers and children continue to be injured or killed by the Israeli cluster bombs and land mines. And all of us in Lebanon continue to face the regular threat of another Israeli invasion, another Israeli war.

When American indie rocker Devendra Banhart cancelled his performance in Israel, he said, “it seems that we are being used to support views that are not our own.” Likewise, your performance in Israel will be seen as a form of badly needed support for its system of repression in the face of increasing international isolation. Please do not allow your music to be used to whitewash repression and apartheid.

Signatures:

Union of Lebanese Democratic Youth
Syrian Social Nationalist Party – Students
The Youth and Student Sector of the People’s Movement (Haraket el-Sha’b)
Aidoun-Center for Refugees Rights
Lebanese Campaign for the Boycott of Zionism (https://boycottzionism.wordpress.com/)
Al-Adab Magazine
Campaign to Boycott the Supporters of Israel

What’s Music Got To Do With IT

Posted in Actions in Lebanon, Apartheid, Arab Complicity, Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions, Cultural Boycott, Why Boycott?!, Zionism on July 8, 2010 by Marcy Newman

Maya Mikdashi

The arguments have become familiar. We want to enjoy life; music is not political; dancing should unify us, not divide us. We can’t keep being the sacrificial lamb of the Palestinian cause. Aren’t you Lebanese? Are you an Islamist? Don’t you like rock and roll music, coca-cola, and dancing under the stars at open-air raves? Aren’t you for the freedom of expression? Are you (gasp) intolerant?

The questions that the debate whether we, in Lebanon, should join the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign against Israel engenders have nothing to do with liking music, being fanatical, or censorship. The issue is not a band that played a concert in Tel Aviv, had a stopover in Cyprus, and continued on to Beirut. It is not that this same band performed the week the Israeli state attacked a flotilla of peace activists trying to break the criminal blockade of Gaza, an area of land that is home to over 1.3 million Palestinians and has been placed under siege for over three years. The question is not whether or not we can, or should, empathize with Palestinians living within a settler colony. The question is not if we have to be political. The question is: Can we afford not to be political? Can we absolve ourselves of responsibility towards each other as citizens and residents of Lebanon, as Arabs, or as human beings in the name of music and a good time? And if and when we do absolve ourselves of responsibility, what kind of politics are we engaging in? When we surrender politics to the politicians, what are we doing?

The political permeates every aspect of our lives. From the moment we wake up in particular neighborhoods in, for example, Beirut to the moment that our maid brings us our evening snack and puts our children to sleep, we are engaged in politics. This engagement continues as each of us drives in his or her car to locations that are close by, when we pass by the myriad unkempt children and disabled adults standing in highways selling their sadness, maneuver through a security checkpoint in a politician’s neighborhood, and as we sweat in long pants during the hot summer in a failed attempt to avert the unwanted verbal and physical advances of men on the Manara who know they are not accountable to anyone. Politics is about the struggle over life, how we live it, where we live it, who gets to live a livable life, and who gets to live. We are political because we are alive. Depoliticization is a political process, it is a tactic of a power that aims to separate the messiness of shared life into compartments such as “culture,” “government,” “economy,” “personal life,” “government,” and, my personal favorite, “civil society.” Once segregated into neat, independent packages, we are told that our “political” involvement begins, and ends, at the level of government. Depoliticization comes with neoliberalism, an ideology that masks its praxis being claims to be a “way of life.” The idea that Liberalism is a way of life or that it is simply “good values” has historically fuelled capitalist expansion, colonialism, and the imperial notion that western history is at once the telos and the unfolding of world history. More recently, neoliberalism has been the ideology driving the perversion of human rights discourse to justify the invasions and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, the banning of the headscarf in France, and the reinvigoration of authoritarian regimes in the Arab world.

One does not have to engage in an ideological analysis to see that art, and in this case, music, is anything but apolitical. When U2 announced that it would not play any concerts in apartheid South Africa, they were making a statement. When Elton John refused to heed to the boycott of South Africa and played concerts in that country, he was also making a statement. Playing a concert in an apartheid state is a statement. When international artists perform in Israel after a BDS campaign has been launched and after they have been asked to join it in solidarity with the oppressed, their performance lends legitimacy to a political regime that openly calls for the continued occupation of Palestinian lands, legal and infrastructural apartheid, and the expulsion of indigenous populations outside the state’s borders. Perhaps musicians who play venues in Israel today are ignorant about the political situation. But is ignorance an excuse? Today, people with access to information have to consistently choose to remain ignorant of current events. Furthermore, ignorance about structural oppression, ongoing settler colonialism, and apartheid, is a luxury of power that contributes to violence against those that are not powerful. Neutrality in the face of gross inequality and oppression is the most insidious form of partisanship towards the powerful. Every act of boycott is a statement against the status quo.

Lebanese event organizers who invite artists that perform in Israel are not breaking any laws. But they are making a statement as to the normalization of ties with Israel and they are not supporting the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions initiative. People who want to attend these events are entitled to spend their leisure time however they want. But they too are making a statement as to the normalization of Lebanese ties with Israel and they, too, are choosing to not support the BDS campaign. If the choice for artists is between profiting monetarily from apartheid oppression and making a statement by not performing in Israel, for patrons, the choice is between allowing those who profit monetarily from apartheid to continue to profit monetarily from your own money. The calculations are simple. If enough people decide that they will not patronize performances by artists who also perform in apartheid Israel, either the event organizers will need to cater to this new reality or, imagine, we could actually force international artists to choose to either play in Lebanon or in Israel. Imagine Lebanon being “happening” enough to be a rival of Israel in terms of what is known as the “cultural scene” or the “summer circuit.” Imagine us being more effective than the hollow regimes that rule the Arab Middle East.

When I engage in an act of boycott against DJ Tiesto, I am also making a statement that I refuse to entrust the entire arena of politics, and the question of Lebanon’s relationship with Israel, to politicians that I know are corrupt, sectarian, and inefficient. I am making a statement that I refuse to normalize ties with a state that has invaded my country three times in the years that I have been alive, displaced over a million of my fellow citizens and destroyed tens of thousands of their homes as recently as 2006, and denies the right of return to over 400,000 Palestinian refugees living in Lebanon. I do not have a gun. I do not have a political party. I have a choice; to allow artists who break the boycott to profit from me or not. I make that choice because I cannot accept the logic that my life, or a Palestinian life, is worth less than an Israeli life. I make that choice because I refuse racism and the violence that it licenses.

My decision to boycott musicians who do not adhere to the BDS campaign is not because I am anti- Israel or because I am pro-Palestine. You can blame Palestinians for all of Lebanon’s problems and still take a stance against apartheid. If you are against the logic of racism and its articulation as settler colonialism, then you are also against apartheid. Apartheid is a technology of rule that has been operationalized in many different countries in different historical contexts, and will continue to be operationalized as long as it continues to be normalized. We should be demanding that artists refuse to be complicit in this system. Boycotts work. Today, sixteen years after the fall of the apartheid regime in South Africa, we should not expect less of the world. And we definitely should not expect less of ourselves.

بلى، من حقّنا مقاطعة الأبارتهايد الصهيوني!

Posted in Actions in Lebanon, Arab Complicity, Cultural Boycott, Normalization on June 26, 2010 by Marcy Newman

ارتفعت في بيروت أصوات تطالب D.J. Tiesto بإلغاء حفلته الإسرائيليّة، عشيّة زيارته إلى لبنان. هل خطاب المقاطعة شعبويّ وعنيف، كما يؤكّد فرسان الليبراليّة؟

سماح إدريس*

«لقد استجاب فنّانون كثيرون، وفرقٌ فنيّةٌ عديدة، نداءَ المجتمع المدنيّ الفلسطينيّ عام 2005 من أجل مقاطعة إسرائيل وسحبِ الاستثمارات منها وفرضِ العقوبات عليها، بسبب احتلالها، وممارستِها التمييزَ العنصريّ (الأبارتهايد)، وحرمانِها [اللاجئين] الفلسطينيين حقَّهم في العودة إلى بيوتهم على ما تنصّ قراراتُ الأمم المتحدة نفسُها. بيكسيز، وغوريلاز ساوند سيستم، وألفيس كوستللو، وغيل سكوت ــــ هيرون، وكارلوس سانتانا، وبونو/U2، من بين آخرين، امتنعوا عن تقديم عروضهم في الكيان المغتصب».
هذا ما جاء في رسالةٍ وجّهتْها أخيراً مجموعةٌ من الناشطين (مجلة «الآداب»، و«حملة مقاطعة داعمي إسرائيل»، و«الحملة اللبنانيّة لمقاطعة الصهيونيّة»، و«حملة مقاطعة إسرائيل وسحب الاستثمارات منها وفرض العقوبات عليها ــــ لبنان»، و«الطلبة السوريّون القوميّون الاجتماعيّون»، وقطاع الشباب والطلاب في «حركة الشعب»، و«اتحاد الشباب الديموقراطيّ»، و«مركز حقوق اللاجئين ــــ عائدون») إلى دي. دجاي. تييسْتو، القادم إلى لبنان لإحياء حفلة فنيّة في 3 تمّوز (يوليو)، تدعوه فيها إلى الاقتداء بالفنّانين والفرق الموسيقيّة أعلاه، والامتناع عن تقديم عرض فنيّ في دولة الإجرام الصهيونيّ عشيّة سفره إلى لبنان.

وعزت الرسالة طلبَها إلى أنّ عرض تييسْتو هناك سيُعتبر «دعماً تحتاجه هذه الدولةُ لمواجهة عزْلتِها العالميّة المتصاعدة»، ولا سيّما بعد الجريمة التي اقترفتْها في عرض المياه الدوليّة ضدّ أسطول الحريّة. ولخّص معدّو الرسالة أبرزَ جرائم إسرائيل في لبنان منذ 1948 (قتل، وتهجير، واحتلال، ومنع فلسطينيي لبنان من العودة إلى ديارهم في فلسطين خلافاً لقرارات الأمم المتحدة، وسرقة مياه وزرع قنيبلات عنقوديّة…).

وبعدما أكّدوا «تقديرَهم» لفنّ تييستو، صارحوه بأنّ لبنانيين كثراً لا يستطيعون الاستمتاعَ بهذا الفن، حين يروْن صاحبَه يتجاهل عذاباتهم الناجمة عن عدوان إسرائيل المتكرر على أرضهم وانتهاكها حقوقهم. وأنهوا الرسالة بالجملة الآتية: «إننا نحثّكم، يا دي. دجاي. تييسْتو، على ألا تسمحوا بتحويل فنّكم إلى وسيلة لتبييض صفحة جرائم هذه الدولة المارقة».

هذه الرسالة كانت نتيجة سلسلة لقاءات عقدها هؤلاء الناشطون، واتفقوا فيها على أن يتبنّوا السبيلَ الأخلاقيّ الذي اعتمدتْه «حملةُ مقاطعة إسرائيل وسحبِ الاستثمارات منها وفرضِ العقوبات عليها»، وهي حملةٌ أطلقها المجتمعُ المدنيّ الفلسطينيّ بغالبيّة قواه ومؤسّساته عام 2005 وأصبحتْ عالميّة التأثير. يُذكر أنّ هذا السبيل قد بات جزءاً من اللغة السائدة لدى عشرات الآلاف ــــ طلاباً وأكاديميين ورياضيين وموسيقيين وعمّالَ مرفأ وأتباعَ كنائس… ــــ وخصوصاً في جنوب أفريقيا وإيرلندا وبريطانيا وكندا وفرنسا وإيطاليا. كما أنّ شخصيّات عالميّة، من وزن كبير الأساقفة دزموند توتو، جَهرتْ بتأييدها للمقاطعة وسيلةً نضاليّةً مدنيّةً لإنهاء الظلم وإحقاق العدالة.

غير أنّ بعضهم في لبنان ما زال مصرّاً على تصوير خطاب المقاطعة كأنه خطابٌ تهديديّ وقرْوسطيّ. فمَن «هدّد» فرقةَ «بلاسيبو» في لبنان يا د. منى فيّاض (ملحق النهار، 21/ 6/ 2010)؟ هل هدّد أحدٌ ألفيس كوستللو كي يمتنع (مشكوراً) عن إحياء حفلته في الكيان الغاصب، ثم نسي أو تناسى أن يهدِّد زوجتَه ديانا كرال التي لم تمتنعْ إلى هذه اللحظة عن إلغاء حفلتها هناك (ونرجو منها أن تفعل)؟!

وأين «الديماغوجيّة» و«الشعبويّة» يا أستاذ حازم صاغيّة (موقع «لبنان الآن»، 14/ 6/ 2010) بعدما وثّقنا توثيقاً جيّداً دعمَ جاد المليح لإسرائيل («الأخبار»، 2/7/2009) بعيداً عن صورته العسكريّة الشهيرة التي قد تكون «مركّبة»؟ ألم يشتركْ في حملة تضامن مع والد الجنديّ الإسرائيليّ الأسير جلعاد شاليط في مناسبة مرور 850 يوماً على أسره، وأغفل الحديثَ عن آلاف المعتقلين العرب في السجون الإسرائيليّة؟ ألم يدعُ فنّاني العالم إلى زيارة إسرائيل، بما يعنيه ذلك من تحدٍّ لنداء المقاطعة العالميّ، ومن ضخٍّ لملايين الشيكلات في الاقتصاد الإسرائيليّ؟ ألم يقلْ لجيل سيتروك في 14/ 3 /2008 إنّ إسرائيل التي خبِرها شعبُنا دمويّةً أبارتهايديّةً، «مجتمعٌ صحّيّ جداً، ومتوازنٌ، وحيّ»؟

الطريف حقاً أنّ الآية انقلبت اليوم في بعض الخطاب الثقافيّ العربيّ. ففيما ناشطو المقاطعة أمثالنا، من القومجيين والخشبيين والديماغوجيين والتوتاليتاريين و«فرسان مكافحة التطبيع» (والتسمية هي لحازم صاغيّة الذي يمكن وصفُه بأنّه «كبيرُ فرسان مكافحة مكافحة التطبيع»)، يوثّقون دعاويهم جيّداً، نجد ما يسمّى «أنصارَ الحريّة والبحث العلميّ» أشبهَ ما يكونون بمثقفي الأنظمة العربيّة: يرمون بالتهم جزافاً، ويطْردون المختلفين عنهم من ملكوت مسلّماتهم ويقينيّاتهم. وحين يريدون أن يوهموا الناسَ بعلميّتهم في مقاومة المقاطعة، لا يتجاوزون قراءةَ الصفحتين الأولييْن من ويكيبيديا عن «البويْكوتاج»، رغم أنّ الإنترنت يعجّ بمئات الدراسات المعمّقة عن المقاطعة الأكاديميّة والثقافيّة، وخصوصاً تلك التي يكتبها المثقفون الفلسطينيون أنفسُهم من أجل مخاطبة العالم.

تريدون مكافحة مقاطعة إسرائيل يا سادة؟ إذاً، قبل أن تقذفوا بآرائكم خبطَ عشواء، اقرأوا تجاربَ المقاطعة الناجحة في الهند، وجنوب أفريقيا، والولايات المتحدة (الحقوق المدنيّة). ثم اقرأوا روّادَ فكر مقاطعة إسرائيل اليوم: عمر البرغوثي (فلسطين)، وروني كاسريلز (جنوب أفريقيا)، وكول كيليبردا (كندا)،

وسوزان بلاكول، وديريك سمرفيلد، وهيلاري روز وبتي هنتر (بريطانيا)، وسوندرا هيل (الولايات المتحدة)… بل اقرأوا الباحثيْن الجامعيّيْن الإسرائيليّيْن، الداعييْن إلى مقاطعة إسرائيل، إيلان بابيه ونيف غوردون. وكلُّ هؤلاء تقريباً نُقلتْ مقالاتُهم إلى العربيّة، وهي منشورة إلى اليوم على موقع مجلة «الآداب».

لربّما ظنّ أعداءُ المقاطعة أنّ «التهديد» كامنٌ في نيّة بعض أنصار المقاطعة رفعَ دعوى على منظّمي هذه الحفلات في لبنان استناداً إلى قانون المقاطعة لعام 1955 (المادّة الأولى) وقانون العقوبات (المادة 285) إذا لم يستجب المنظّمون اللبنانيون شكواهم. مهما يكن الأمر، فإنه من غير المفهوم لماذا قرّر بعضُ «أنصار الحريّة» المستجدّين أن يستخفّوا بأفضلِ ما في القانون اللبنانيّ (أيْ مقاطعة إسرائيل)، فيما حرصوا على وجوب «تحكيم القانون في ألسنةٍ أفلتتْ من عقالها» (الحياة، 9/2/2008) ــــ والمقصود، تحديداً، لساني الذي سبق قبل أعوام أن «أفلت من عقاله» في «قدح وذمّ» أحد أصدقاء كبير فرسان مكافحة مكافحة التطبيع، ألا وهو كبيرُ مستشاري رئيس العراق فخري كريم.

لأدعياء حريّة التعبير والانفتاح أن يكتبوا ما شاؤوا. ولأنصار العدالة أن يسلكوا طريقَ مقاطعة الأبارتهايد الصهيونيّ التي باتت منذ بضعة أعوام سالكةً على كلّ الخطوط.

* رئيس تحرير مجلة «الآداب»

«أعظم D.J»

ولد الهولندي تييستو (اسمه الحقيقي تييِس فيرفست) عام 1969 ويُعد حالياً من أبرز الـ D.J والمنتجين على الساحة الإلكترونية الموسيقية. في عام 1997، أسّس شركة «بلاك هول» للإنتاج الموسيقي حيث بدأ يصعد نجمه كـ«أعظم دي دجاي على الكوكب».

وعن الشركة، أصدر ألبومات عدّة أوّلها «في ذاكرتي» (2001) و Just be (2004) و«عناصر الحياة» (2007)

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