(MENAFN - Arab News) Jerusalem: recently the two surviving founders of pink floyd sent the rock band equivalent of a diplomatic cable — an open letter published in salon — to the rolling stones.
they asked mick jagger and his crew to cancel their first-ever concert in israel to demonstrate solidarity with the palestinian people and their struggle against occupation. but pink floyd hit a wall. the stones not only went on with the show wednesday night in tel aviv but delayed their opening by 45 minutes to allow devout jews time to reach the concert after the end of the jewish holiday of shavuot during which orthodox jews cannot drive handle money — or press 'play" on the stones' 'exile on main street" album. the stones' decision to ignore roger waters and nick mason of pink floyd signaled a setback for a campaign known as boycott divestment and sanctions (bds).
the movement seeks to apply international pressure on israel to end its military occupation of the west bank guarantee the right of palestinian refugees to return to homes they fled or abandoned after 1948 and grant full rights and equality to arab palestinian citizens of israel.
the bdsers are employing tactics similar to those used against the apartheid regime in south africa a generation ago. since 2005 the movement has pushed individuals and institutions to sever academic partnerships boycott products such as golan wines and dead sea beauty products and divest from israeli companies.
the threat of bds has rattled israel. the movement has gained visibility on american and european college campuses and it has also managed to inflict some financial pain — recently the dutch pension management fund pggm with assets of 200 billion divested from five israeli banks because of their stake in the occupied west bank.
the rolling stones charged 200 for a basic ticket.