'American rapper Talib Kweli has refused to cave in to demands from a German festival that he denounce the BDS – boycott, divestment and sanctions – movement for Palestinian rights.
As a result, he was disinvited from the July festival’s lineup.
Kweli is saying that he refuses to “censor myself and lie about BDS for a check.”
Germany’s lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, recently passed a resolution equating BDS with anti-Semitism.
The smear against a nonviolent movement that rejects all forms of racism prompted protests by Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip and denunciation from across Palestinian society.
Modeled on the global solidarity campaign that helped end apartheid in South Africa, the BDS movement explicitly opposes all forms of bigotry, including anti-Semitism and Islamophobia.
This week Kweli revealed that he received an email from Philipp Maiburg, artistic director of the Open Source Festival in the western city of Düsseldorf, highlighting the Bundestag motion and demanding the artist’s position on BDS.
“As you know, there are many discussions around the BDS in Germany and artists which have signed to it. There has also been a lot of confusion even with much bigger festivals than ours,” Maiburg wrote.
“The new situation now is that since 17 May 2019, there is now an official statement from the German government signed by all parties which basically officially declares the statements and methods of the BDS as anti-Semitic.”'
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