Πέμπτη, 22 Απριλίου 2010


Η επιστολή προς το Ρούσσο βρίσκεται ήδη στο site του PACBI http://www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=1207&key=greece.
Επειδή δεν πρόκειται να συγκινηθεί με ένα μόνο email, προωθήστε το κείμενο, για να αρχίσουμε να του στέλνουμε όλες και όλοι τη διαμαρτυρία. Ακολουθεί και η αγγλική version:
Το 2008, ο Ντέμης Ρούσσος, ο διάσημος Έλληνας μουσικοσυνθέτης, συνυπόγραψε μαζί με άλλους 54 σπουδαίους ανθρώπους της τέχνης και του πνεύματος, μία επιστολή διαμαρτυρίας για τον εορτασμό των 60 χρόνων του Ισραήλ. Αυτή η επιστολή ανέφερε μεταξύ των άλλων ότι: «ο εορτασμός των 60 χρόνων Ισραήλ, ισοδυναμεί με το να χορεύει κανείς στους τάφους των Παλαιστινίων στο στοιχειωμένο ρυθμό του μακρόχρονου εκτοπισμού και της πολυπρόσωπης αδικίας. Δεν υπάρχει απολύτως κανένας λόγος εορτασμού!». Δύο χρόνια μετά και αφού ακολούθησε η σφαγή στην Λωρίδα της Γάζας, όπου περίπου 1.500 Παλαιστίνιοι έχασαν την ζωή τους και ενώ συνεχίζεται η καθημερινή βαρβαρότητα του ισραηλινού στρατού στη Γάζα και τη Δυτική Όχθη ο κ. Ρούσσος αναιρεί τα λόγια του και αποφασίζει «να χορέψει ο ίδιος στους τάφους των Παλαιστινίων»! Στις 6 Μαΐου 2010 έχει προγραμματίσει να δώσει συναυλία στο Τελ Αβίβ, «νομιμοποιώντας» το Ισραήλ, σαν ένα κράτος το οποίο συμμετέχει στον «πολιτισμό και τις τέχνες» ενώ οι Παλαιστίνιοι πληρώνουν το αντίτιμο της κατοχής και της καταπίεσης....Σαν ευαισθητοποιημένοι πολίτες πρέπει να αντιδράσουμε! Να του στείλουμε ΟΛΟΙ email εκφράζοντας της διαμαρτυρία και την αντίθεση μας για την συναυλία του και να απαιτήσουμε την ακύρωση της.

Ακολουθεί υπόδειγμα της επιστολής στα αγγλικά. Μπορείτε να την στείλετε στο: demisroussos-mgmt@my-films.com

Dear Mr Roussos,

I was surprised to hear that you intend to perform in Tel Aviv on the 6th of May 2010. My surprise came from the fact that your sensitivity towards the injustice suffered by the Palestinians, and your support to them was given to me, because along with 54 other great people of art and culture, including the great Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish, Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, the British director Ken Loach, the South African writer Andre Brink, the Israeli academic and poet Aharon Shabtai, also the Israeli historian Ilan Pappe, and the Anglo-Pakistani writer Tariq Ali, you signed a letter of protest to the celebration of the 60 years of Israel which was published in the International Herald Tribune on the 8th May 2008. In this letter, it is mentioned:

"There is no reason to celebrate! Israel at 60 is a state that is still denying Palestinian refugees their UN-sanctioned rights, simply because they are "non-Jews." It is still illegally occupying Palestinian and other Arab lands, in violation of numerous UN resolutions. It is still persistently and grossly breaching international law and infringing fundamental human rights with impunity afforded to it through munificent US and European economic, diplomatic and political support. It is still treating its own Palestinian citizens with institutionalized discrimination.

In short, celebrating " Israel at 60" is tantamount to dancing on Palestinian graves to the haunting tune of lingering dispossession and multi-faceted injustice.

There is absolutely no reason to celebrate! But there are myriad reasons to reflect, to engage, to work towards peace and justice."

Two years after this letter, the only thing that has changed is that in December 2008 the slaughter of 1500 people was added, most of them refugees and children, trapped and with no possibility of escape in the Gaza Strip. This war crime, unprecedented in recent history, still remains unpunished by the international community. The isolation of the Gaza Strip continues, the settlements, the countless checkpoints and the wall in the West Bank continue to hold the Palestinians prisoners, discrimination against them is an everyday reality and the humiliation of the Palestinians by the State of Israel remains unchanged.
When these crimes occur, we cannot remain indifferent. The civil society but even more the people of culture and art, have a responsibility to help to end the injustice against the Palestinian people.

As you may have heard, the Palestinians have called on citizens of the international community to participate in a campaign for Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel as it had been earlier applied successfully against the South African apartheid. Many celebrities of art and culture have already responded to this call.

I am addressing to your own awareness and knowledge of the situation and ask you not to perform in Israel on the 6th of May.

Such apartheid state does not deserve celebrations and brightness. Does not deserve artistic events because they "wash away" the injustices and legitimize Israel as a state that participates in the "culture and the arts" whilst the Palestinians pay the price of occupation and oppression. To the Israeli politicians who see each visit to Israel as an act of support of their policy, any cancellation is a reminder that there is a price for the continued oppression and disregard of the rights of the Palestinians.

I urge you to put into effect the principle, beautifully articulated by the great thinker Edward Said who prefaced the letter of 2008: "The power of culture against the culture of power".

With respect for your work,

I hope that you by cancelling your concert along with more and more citizens and artists worldwide will pass the message to the State of Israel that injustice cannot be continued and tolerated.

2 σχόλια:

μαχαιρης είπε...

......tι να ειναι τωρα αυτο κολοτουμπα ...καιροσκοπια..η κερδοσκοπια....κριμα εφ οσον ισχυει γιατι στα νιατα μου ημουν θαυμαστης του χοντρου με την ψιλη φωνη..............

Ρίκη Ματαλλιωτάκη είπε...

Εμ, αλλο το ενα αλλο το αλλο
Τωρα ειναι θεμα προσωπικης κονομας....

Αλλα σαμπως κι αυτος ειναι Ελληνας;


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