International musicians release UK single 'Freedom for Palestine' this summer
In June 2011 we handed a page on our website over to OneWorld, (www.freedomoneworld.com), a collection of musicians lead by Dave Randall of Faithless, allowing them to promote their song Freedom for Palestine.
The aim was to get the song in to the charts to help raise awareness of the humanitarian crisis in Palestine and send a message to Government that a mass of people want them to take action. More details are below.
The campaign has been a huge success. In July Freedom for Palestine got to number 10 in the UK indie charts, number 18 in the dance charts and number 79 in the Gallup charts; an amazing achievement! What's more, they received incredible support from musicians, celebrities and activists around the world including Coldplay, Benjamin Zephaniah, Julie Christie, Massive Attack and Mark Thomas. Here's what a few of them had to say.
Alice Walker, author and civil rights activist “This is what art can do, and what art must do, to help us save what’s left of our humanity. 'Freedom for Palestine' brought me to my feet to dance with everyone on earth who knows right from wrong and chooses, delightedly, to join the worldwide party of the just”.
Demund Tutu recorded this wonderful message in support of the single.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yZveHdjtoNw
Roger Waters, Pink Floyd"I applaud Dave Randall and Maxi Jazz, and all the other musicians who came together to record ¨Freedom for Palestine¨. I fully share, and endorse, the sentiments they express in their song, more power to them and to all who stand together in the fight for a free Palestine. We shall overcome"
Dave Randall from OneWorld told us how he felt about the project now it's come to an end, he said “I want to give a heartfelt thank you to everyone who has supported the 'Freedom for Palestine' song. We should all be proud of the success of the song and it's part it plays in the struggle for a better world. There are plenty of bullies in this world who would prefer that no-one spoke out on behalf of those in need. They fear what they might lose if the world were guided by more fairness, kindness and justice for all. In the past such people have imprisoned Nelson Mandela and taken the lives of Mahatma Gandhi and Dr. Martin Luther King. We should never by cowed by these people. In the words of one of our supporters - Archbishop Desmond Tutu - to remain silent in situations of injustice is to take the side of the oppressor. In speaking out for Freedom for Palestine we are on the right side of history - on the side of progress and peace. In time the bullies themselves will realise that their fears were misplaced. The song is a small but significant contribution to an international movement which makes non-violent demands for crucial change. In these troubled times, this movement is a beacon of hope and sanity. I am proud to be a part of it. You should be too. Thank you again”.
International musicians release UK single 'Freedom for Palestine' this summerJune 2011
This month we have the exciting opportunity to help secure a UK chart position for a song called 'Freedom for Palestine' by a collective of musicians called OneWorld.
The aim of the song is to raise awareness of the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the resulting poverty and other human rights abuses.
The South African gospel choir;
Members of the London Community Gospel Choir;
Maxi Jazz from Faithless;
Jamie Catto from One Giant Leap
Please support OneWorld by buying the song
The project began after Faithless guitarist, Dave Randall returned recently from the West Bank. What he saw there convinced him that life for most Palestinians living under the illegal Israeli occupation is at least as bad as that endured by black South Africans in the bad old days of apartheid. His inspiration was the Special AKA's classic track 'Free Nelson Mandela' which was an introduction to many people to the anti-apartheid struggle.
The catastrophe facing the Palestinian people is one of the defining global justice issues of our time. A third generation of Palestinian children is now being brought up in refugee camps inside and outside Palestine, living in chronic poverty and denied the right to return to their family homes.
Hundreds of thousands more Palestinians suffer discrimination over access to public services, land rights and employment within Israel itself.
For those living in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, the situation is critical. Israel's siege of Gaza has condemned its 1.5 million inhabitants to levels of poverty more commonly associated with sub-Saharan Africa - a humanitarian disaster with no end in sight.
Yet no Western government has been willing to call Israel to account for its crimes. Instead, the US, UK and other governments have consistently rewarded Israeli aggression with economic benefits and closer political ties. This is why it is up to ordinary people around the world to take action.
If OneWorld are successful at getting the song in the charts, the mainstream media will find it hard to ignore it or censor its message.
This will raise awareness and help to give confidence to people to speak up for Palestine. And it would send a message to the UK government, and all those who lend economic support or political cover to Israel that a critical mass of people want to see an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the oppression of its people.
We hope that you will support OneWorld!
Any profits will go to the UK based charity War on Want to support projects in Palestine. But this is not primarily a fundraising exercise: This is OneWorld's attempt to do what Palestinian academic and activist Edward Said urged us to do - to use the power of culture against the culture of power.