Mar 10, 2011

#BDS: Campaigners threaten to picket Israeli Music conference

"A number of groups campaigning for Palestinian human rights today called on academics and musicians to boycott a forthcoming conference on Israeli music, and threatened to picket it.

The conference is entitled “Art Musics of Israel: Identities, Ideologies, Influences” and is being organised by the Jewish Music Institute (JMI), based at SOAS, University of London, where some of the events are taking place.

“We don’t have a problem with Israeli music, and certainly not with Jewish music”, said Naomi Wimborne-Idrissi of Jews for Boycotting Israeli Goods (J-BIG).  “The problem is that this conference is apparently accepting money from the Israeli state.”

Other organisations behind the boycott call are the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine (BRICUP) and the Boycott Israel Network (BIN), which is about to hold its fourth conference."

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