Why did the BDS movement call for a boycott of the “Maroon 5” concert in Egypt? Freedom and Justice Gate

The BDS movement called for a boycott of the Nacelle company, which organized the Maroon 5 international concert at the foot of the pyramid on Tuesday, May 3, 2022 AD. According to a statement issued by BDS, “The American band, following its concert at the foot of the pyramid in Egypt, is holding another concert in a garden that was established on the ruins of the Palestinian village of Al-Jerisha, whose residents were all ethnically exterminated in 1948.” In addition, “the American band’s concerts in Cairo and Abu Dhabi are being promoted along with the concert that will be held in Tel Aviv.” In reference to the division’s participation in the suspicious normalization measures imposed by the tyrannical regimes on the Arab peoples in order to integrate Israel and recognize the right to plunder and occupy Palestine and eliminate its people.

According to Mada Masr, the movement called for blogging with the hashtag #boycott_nacelle – a sign that they boycotted Nacelle. The movement called on the Nacelle company to pressure the Maroon 5 band to cancel its concert in Tel Aviv on May 9th; And this is “in response to the voice of thousands of Egyptians who reject the band’s involvement in the colonial system and its use in that, or the cancellation of the band’s concert in Egypt.” The movement called on all free artists and intellectuals in the world to boycott the nacelle company, and refuse to deal with it or participate in the events it organizes.

According to the Egyptian newspaper, “Al-Watan”, the band (Maroon 5) is one of the most famous American bands that are very popular around the world, after presenting many successful albums and songs for more than 25 years. Noting that the concert tickets on the “Ticks Marche” website are 2,300 pounds for the Floor Regular class, 4,500 pounds for the Floor gold/ Regular class, and 5000 pounds for the VIP Platform / Regular class. These are the prices that provoked outrage and outrage on social media; One of the activists joked that he wanted to attend the party on condition that he sell his “kidney” in order to save the ticket price. While others confirm that ticket prices in Egypt are higher than those in the Emirates, Brazil and Mexico.

The American band Maroon 5 consists of five members, Adam Levine, lead singer, James Valentine, bassist, Jesse Carmichael, Mickey Madden, and Matt Flynn, drummer. Great worldwide, for many generations.

The BDS movement defines itself on its website as “a movement of Palestinian origin with global reach, which seeks to resist occupation, settler-colonialism and Israeli apartheid, in order to achieve freedom, justice and equality in Palestine, leading to the right of self-determination for all the Palestinian people in the homeland and in the diaspora.”

The movement calls for a halt to dealings with Israel, a boycott of Israeli and international companies that are complicit in its violations of Palestinian rights, and a boycott of Israeli sports, cultural and academic institutions and activities. The movement seeks to isolate the Israeli regime academically, culturally, politically, and to some degree economically. The movement’s main demand is to achieve the ambition and rights of all the historical components of the Palestinian people, from the Palestinians of the 1948 lands to the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, including Jerusalem, to the camps and the diaspora.

What is the movement BDS؟

The movement was originally established in 2005 from Palestinian civil society organizations (170 bodies of popular federations, unions, parties, popular committees, and civil institutions), based on “the failure of governments, the international community and decision-makers to stop the complex Israeli oppression against the Palestinian people,” as the BDS movement describes.

Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions is known in English as Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions, so it is known by its acronym BDS. Because it seeks to withdraw investments and put pressure on investors and contractors with Israeli and international companies cooperating with them, whether they are investors or individual contractors, institutions, sovereign funds, pension funds, churches, banks, local councils, private bodies, charities, or universities.

The demands of the movement are represented in 3 main things, namely:

  • Ending Israel’s occupation and colonization of all Palestinian and Arab lands, and dismantling the separation wall.
  • Ending all forms of apartheid against the Palestinians, and recognizing the fundamental right of full equality for the Palestinians of the 48 lands.
  • Respect, protect and support the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes from which they were displaced and to restore their property, as stipulated in United Nations General Assembly Resolution 194.

All major Palestinian political forces and parties, trade union federations, refugee rights associations, academic unions, farmers’ organizations, NGOs networks, unions of women, teachers, writers, youth movements, etc., supported the movement when it was established in 2005, making it the most widely adopted and supported activities across all spectrums. and the territories (Gaza, the West Bank, including Jerusalem, the 48 territories, and the Diaspora).

At the international level, the movement says that “boycott campaigns against the Israeli regime and its institutions and companies involved in its crimes are supported by federations, unions, organizations, churches and popular movements that represent millions of people on every continent. Progressive Jewish anti-Zionist organizations also play an important role in boycott and divestment campaigns, especially in North Amarica”.

The boycott movement is also supported by international figures such as former South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Canadian writer Naomi Klein, American academic Angela Davis, American philosopher Judith Butler, American astrophysicist Stephen Hawking, American artist Roger Waters, and British artist Brian Eno.

The occupation considers it a strategic danger

Israel considers the BDS movement one of the biggest “strategic dangers” facing it, even though it is not a government institution, and Israel is fighting the movement. strategically,” and instructed the Israeli Ministry of Strategic Affairs to fight its activities, according to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz. Also, the former Israeli Prime Minister, Ehud Barak, considered that it is approaching a dangerous turning point for Israel.

And in 2017, the Israeli newspaper The Times of Israel published a story about the Israeli government’s approval of a plan allocating $72 million to fight the boycott campaign, in the largest cash investment from the government in combating the movement’s activities.

The boycott of Israel movement “BDS” counted the results of its campaigns against Israeli companies or those supporting them in:

FDI decreased by 46% in 2014 compared to the previous year, and a United Nations report indicates that the movement’s activities were a major factor in the decline of foreign direct investment in the Israeli economy by 46% in 2014, compared to 2013. The World Bank attributed partly to the decline in Palestinian imports Of the Israeli companies by 24% to the boycott campaigns.

The withdrawal of the French company Veolia and Orange and the Irish CRH from the Israeli economy. The campaign stated that Veolia sold its Israeli investments and ended its role in infrastructure projects in illegal Israeli settlements after boycott activists around the world pressured local councils to cancel its contracts with the company, which exceeded $20 billion.

International investors have divested from companies implicated in Israeli violations of international law, and they include the Presbyterian Church in the United States and the Methodist Church, the Dutch pension fund PGGM and the governments of Norway, Luxembourg and New Zealand, European banks such as Norida and Dansky, and wealthy people including George Soros and Bill Gates.

Israeli companies were also affected by the boycott movement, as Agrexco, which was the largest Israeli agricultural export company, liquidated itself in 2011 after a massive boycott campaign against it, as farmers were forced to export their products through other companies. SodaStream was also forced to stop its business in the Israeli settlements, after boycott campaigns against it led to suppliers removing the company’s merchandise from their shelves.

Source: بوابة الحرية والعدالة by fj-p.com.

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