Australia: BDS activists slammed for invoking apartheid in call to ban Israeli band

by Gramfan on March 2, 2013

in Australia, BDS, Gramfan (team member), Israel, music

The Alaev Family
The Alaev Family musicians from Israel, with roots in Tajikistan. Source: Supplied

The Australian has the story:

THE director of Adelaide’s world music festival has bluntly rejected calls by supporters of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement to bar Israeli act the Alaev Family.

WOMADelaide director Ian Scobie defended the inclusion of the group, whose 73-year-old patriarch Allo Alaev originally hails from Tajikistan, and lashed the BDS movement’s comparison of Israel to apartheid-era South Africa.

BDS activists are angry that the multi-generational group, which plays the traditional Jewish music of Bukara, has received support from the Israeli government to play at next weekend’s WOMADelaide.

Artists Against Apartheid issued an open letter to organisers and launched an email and Facebook campaign over the participation of the Alaev Family.

“The Israeli regime has long used all culture as propaganda unashamedly,” they charged.

Mr Scobie yesterday quoted from a letter he wrote in response in which he calls art a tool for cross-cultural understanding.

“The festival has a proud record of presenting artists from around the world, from many different political and economic circumstances and we feel that our role is to provide the artists with a platform for performance and the associated cultural exchange rather than taking a particular view of an organisation with regard to specific conflicts,” he wrote.

“The 2013 festival program has artists from 26 countries, many of which face significant issues of political unrest and moral complexity, which in our view makes it even more important to ensure the ability for artists to be able to give voice in their own way to the lives they live and the futures they seek.”
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ALAEV FAMILY LIVE 2011 משפחת אלייב

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The Alaev Family live in concert. some moments from concerts in 2011 towards new album reease produced by Tamir Muskat
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