Thursday, June 23, 2011

Archbiship Desmond Tutu's appeal: buy the OneWorld single, "Freedom for Palestine"

letter posted by Palestine activist Ziyaad Lunat on a code pink listserve (I'm sure this message was meant to be widely publicized)

Dear Ziyaad,

I am writing to you, a supporter of OneWorld, to urge you to buy the new single Freedom for Palestine.

I have visited the occupied Palestinian territories and have witnessed the humiliation of Palestinians at Israeli military checkpoints: the inhumanity that won't let ambulances reach the injured, farmers tend their land or children attend school.

This treatment is familiar to me and the many black South Africans who were corralled and harassed by the security forces of the apartheid government.

In South Africa, we could not have achieved our freedom without the help of people around the world, and musicians were central to our struggle. Through music and art we speak to a common humanity, one which transcends political and economic interests.

For this I am proud to support Freedom for Palestine by OneWorld. I urge everyone to buy the single and spread its message.

Please do so now, here or here.

Let’s send a message to governments that a critical mass of people want to see an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the oppression of its people. By acting together we can break cycles of injustice, end the occupation and build a new world based on our common humanity and justice.

Support Freedom for Palestine.

Peace. Shalom. Salaam.


Desmond Tutu

The single is available on iTunes and other digital download sites.

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