Posted by: r.m. | January 17, 2012

Lara Fabian: the message of love should not be smeared with blood

Can you claim to love Lebanon and love Israel?

Can you claim to speak for love and ignore the crimes of occupation and apartheid?

No.

If you sang for Israel, sang in support of its 60+years of occupation and apartheid, and stated  your love for Israel, should you be welcomed in Lebanon (or anywhere else!)?

No.

Lara Fabian is invited to perform in the Casino du Liban this coming February.  Yet, she had announced her support and love for Israel.

Below is the letter written by the Campaign to Boycott Supporters of ‘Israel’ in Lebanon and the statement to the press submitted by the Campaign.

It is a shame that Casino du Liban — owned by the government — did not do adequate research before inviting Fabian, or is indifferent.  It is a shame.  Let’s shame them into withdrawing the invitation!

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نحيطكم علما أن حملة مقاطعة داعمي “إسرائيل” في لبنان المؤلفة من مجموعة كبيرة من الشباب والشابات في لبنان أصدرتْ البيان الآتي: بيروت في 14-01-2012هل بات لبنانُ مسرحاً لمن هبّ ودبّ من داعمي العدوّ الإسرائيليّ؟ فبعد بلاسيبو، ودي جاي تييستو، وآرمين فان بيورين، وغيرهم ممن أحيوْا حفلاتٍ في لبنان بعد إحيائهم حفلاتٍ ف…ي “إسرائيل”، متجاهلين جرائمَ هذه الدولة وعنصريتَها واحتلالَها وانتهاكَها لسيادتنا، يستضيف كازينو لبنان حفلاً للمغنّية لارا فابيان في عيد العشّاق (14 و15 شباط 2012). الجدير ذكرُه أنّ فابيان غنّت في فرنسا، وباللغة العبريّة، في احتفال الذكرى الستين لتأسيس”إسرائيل” (25 أيّار 2008)، أغنيةً من الموروث الاستيطانيّ الصهيونيّ للشاعرة الصهيونيّة نعومي شيمر، معلنة في نهاية العرض الكلماتِ الآتية: “إسرائيل، أنا أحبّكِ!”. كما سبق أن غنّت في تل أبيب (في نهاية آذار 2010)، وشاركتْ في احتفال “سركل بن غوريون” الصهيونيّ في بروكسل. إننا نناشد كازينو لبنان، وهو مؤسّسة تملك الدولةُ اللبنانيّةُ نصيبًا كبيرًا فيها، سحبَ الدعوة من هذه المغنّية الداعمة للصهيونيّة. ونناشد الرعاة سحبَ تمويلهم لزيارتها. كما ننبّه وزارتي السياحة والثقافة إلى هذا الاختراق التطبيعيّ الخطير للبنان. وندعو مواطني شعبنا كافّةً إلى الامتناع عن الذهاب إلى حفل فابيان: فمن يغنّي في الكيان الصهيونيّ يتغاضى عن جرائمه؛ فكيف إذا غنّى في ذكرى اغتصاب “إسرائيل” لفلسطين؟ إنّ غناء فابيان في الذكرى الستين لتأسيس الكيان الغاصب هو تأييدٌ فاضحٌ للممارسات الإسرائيليّة الإجراميّة في فلسطين ولبنان والجولان والبلاد العربيّة طوال هذه العقود. إنّ من يغنّي للاحتلال والعنصرية لا يمكن أن يغنّي لفالانتين، لا يمكن أن يغنّي للعشق والحبّ! للمزيد من المعلومات ولمشاهدة فيديو لارا فابيان في الاحتفال الستين لإسرائيل: http://wp.me/pTpLb-uF

Letter to Lara Fabian

Beirut, January 15, 2012
Dear Ms Lara Fabian,
Greetings from Beirut.
You have declared your full support of Israel. You have sung on its 60th “anniversary,” which means 60 (by now 64) years of ethnic cleansing, house demolitions, apartheid, colonial settlements, and denial of the rights of millions of Palestinian refugees (including about 400,000 thousand in Lebanon alone) to go home. You have sung a Zionist song in Hebrew, and declared your “love” for Israel when you finished singing it (in Paris, Trocadero, May 25, 2008)
While you were celebrating Israel’s “anniversary,” leading international artists and cultural figures of the caliber of Augusto Boal, Mahmoud Darwish, Judith Butler, Andre Brink, Nigel Kennedy, among many others, signed a statement titled “No reason to celebrate!” It appeared in the International Herlad Tribune on 8 May 2008 and stated:
“There is no reason to celebrate! Israel at 60 is a state that is still denying Palestinian refugee 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.”
More recently, heeding the virtually consensus-supported Palestinian call for a cultural boycott of Israel, tens of artists and musicians have declared their unwillingness to play in Israel just as they had done with apartheid South Africa. Tel Aviv is increasingly being viewed today as Sun City was in the 1980s. Roger Waters, Carlos Santana, Elvis Costello, Natasha Atlas, Gil-Scott Heron, The Pixies, Gorillaz, Klaxons, Vanessa Paradis, Snoop Dogg, are some of many who took a moral stand and refused to allow their art and names to be used to whitewash Israel’s violations of human rights. You, on the contrary, chose, time and again, to entertain apartheid, crime, and occupation in Israel and to further vow your “love” for it.
For that, and in line with our right to freedom of expression in Lebanon, we pledge to boycott your event in Casino du Liban on Feb 14-15. We will call on all the Lebanese and Palestinians in Lebanon to boycott your shows; we will also urge our Algerian and Moroccan brothers and sisters to do the same.
Singing for love and peace on Valentine’s Day contradicts your unequivocal support for apartheid and colonization. Our country, Lebanon, is, to this very day, subject to daily Israeli infringement on its sovereignty. Tens of thousands of Lebanese have been murdered thanks to Israeli bombardment and shelling since its inception (“independence”!) in 1948. Furthermore, millions of cluster bomblets are still implanted in the south of Lebanon, causing the daily death and injury of peasants and children.
Lara Fabian, the message of love should not be smeared with blood. Boycott Israel; be on the right side of history!
Campaign to Boycott Supporters of “Israel” in Lebanon

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Responses

  1. i think it is more of an insult to Palastine than it is to our government. shame.


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