On Wednesday, November 12th, 2014, Adalah-NY organized the demonstration: “Tell BAM: There is no ART in APARTHEID. Boycott Batsheva!”
The demonstration was endorsed by BDS Arts Coalition; Brooklyn College SJP; Brooklyn for Peace; City College of New York SJP; CODEPINK NYC; College of Staten Island SJP; Columbia SJP; Drew University SJP; International Socialist Organization NYC; Jews Say No!; Malcolm X Grassroots Movement; NYC Solidarity with Palestine; WESPAC Foundation; Women in Black, Union Square; Ya-Ya Network.
In a press release adalah-NY says, “On busy Lafayette Avenue outside Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), 80 New Yorkers gathered last night to dance and sing in protest of Batsheva Dance Company’s performances in BAM’s 2014 Next Wave Festival. Batsheva’s appearance is part of the “Brand Israel” initiative designed to distract from the facts of Israel’s ongoing occupation and colonization of Palestinian land, and its denial of rights to Palestinians the world over.
The demonstration began with a dabke (traditional Palestinian dance) lesson led by Adalah-NY member Riham Barghouti, with musical accompaniment by the Rude Mechanical Orchestra followed by songs from Dave Lippman.
Interactions with Brooklynites were mostly positive, as curious people took flyers and asked questions about the activities. Passersby and BAM ticket holders alike stood and watched the high-energy Freedom Debka Group and the Columbia Palestinian Dabke Brigade, two Palestinian dance troupes. The protest ended with two moving dances by Cetiliztli Nauhcampa Quetzalcoatl, a Mexica danza group, who offered “dance and prayers for dignity and solidarity” with Palestinians during their performance.”
The State of Palestine, also known simply as Palestine, is a de jure sovereign state in the Middle East that is recognized by 136 UN members and since 2012 has a status of a non-member observer state in the United Nations – which amounts to a de facto, or implicit, recognition of statehood. The State of Palestine claims the West Bank (bordering Israel and Jordan) and Gaza Strip (bordering Israel and Egypt) with East Jerusalem as the designated capital. Most of the areas claimed by the State of Palestine have been occupied by Israel since 1967 in the aftermath of the Six-Day War. Its independence was declared on 15 November 1988 by the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) in Algiers as a government-in-exile.
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