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Tomorrow: March 1st Protest the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra: Don't Harmonize With Aparth

by BDS-LA Wednesday, Mar. 02, 2011 at 6:34 AM
bdsinla@gmail

In the spirit of the people's revolution in Egypt and the protests across the Middle East….

Bring your pots, pans, kazoos, ukuleles, whistles and join BDS-LA in protesting the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s Los Angeles performance – we won’t harmonize with Apartheid!

Tuesday March 1 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Disney Concert Hall in Downtown LA - 111 South Grand Ave. (Southwest Corner of 1st and Grand)

The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra's (IPO) is coming to Los Angeles as part of its annual US tour to create goodwill for Israel and divert the public’s attention from its oppression of the Palestinians.

The Orchestra actively participates in whitewashing Israel's apartheid policies by serving as cultural ambassadors for Israel, and supporting the Israeli government's “Brand Israel” public relation initiative. The orchestra refrains from criticism of Israel's policies, and is described by the American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra as "Israel’s finest cultural emissary,” which “travels throughout the world…The goodwill created by these tours...is of enormous value to the State of Israel. As a result, the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra maintains its position at the forefront of cultural diplomacy and the international music scene."

Groups across the country will protest the Orchestra as it stops in Fort Lauderdale, New York City, Seattle and San Francisco before arriving at Los Angeles.

One corporate sponsor of the IPO's US tour is Israeli billionaire Lev Leviev, who hosted a gala fundraiser last November for the IPO tour at his New York jewelry store. The IPO thus partners with Leviev's companies though they have been shunned by UNICEF, CARE, Oxfam, the British and Norwegian governments, Hollywood stars and international investment firms due to Leviev’s construction of Israeli settlements and involvement in human rights abuses in the diamond industry in Southern Africa.

Across the Middle East, from Egypt to Bahrain, Tunisia to Yemen, from Syria to Iran t Libya citizens are mobilizing to challenge their repressive governments. Join us in the street to support Palestinians right to be free from Israeli repression, occupation and apartheid! Tell the Israeli Orchestra, Apartheid is Out of Tune!

Please let us know you’re coming by contacting: bdsinla@gmail.com

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