Snoop Dogg cancels Israeli gig

Last week, Mark Elf of Jews sans frontieres reported this latest development in the boycott and divestment effort against Israel until it provides a fair and just settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Of late, this has meant creating a sovereign contiguous independent Palestinian nation (as Bush declared in January, 2008), and dealing fairly with all of the associated issues.

So the peace effort continues with nonviolent protests on the ground in occupied Palestine, and around the world activity to divest/boycott Israel among other actions.

Israel in Doggie-do as Snoop cries off is Elf's title for this story.

Great news!! According to Ynet, Snoop Dogg has developed some logistical difficulties when it comes to playing Israel. Those logistical difficulties are proving to be so logistically difficult that he won't be playing Israel after all. But the logistical difficulties diminish by the time we get from the article's sub-heading and they become "contractual difficulties" in the main body of the article.

Ynet's story was just a little more subdued: Snoop Dogg cancels Israeli gig

Rapper slated to perform in Rishon Lezion Amphitheater reneges on tour date citing logistical difficulties

Another one bites the dust: Despite previous press announcements, famous rapper Snoop Dogg's scheduled performance at the Rishon Lezion Amphitheater has been canceled, sources in the production told Ynet Wednesday.

A source in the production said that the concert has been called off due to "contractual difficulties" between the artist and the producers; and not because of low ticket sales. The production team was given the cancellation notice over the phone Tuesday.

Elf claims that the list of artists calling off their proposed gigs in Israel is growing. And he asks: "Now what excuses can we find for McCartney, Morrisey, New York Dolls, etc?"

If Israel were to take up Bush's prescription for peace:

There should be an end to the occupation that began in 1967. The agreement must establish Palestine as a homeland for the Palestinian people, just as Israel is a homeland for the Jewish people. These negotiations must ensure that Israel has secure, recognized, and defensible borders. And they must ensure that the state of Palestine is viable, contiguous, sovereign, and independent.

Then I suspect that Snoop Dogg would eventually show up.

Tags: colonialism, Israel, Jews sans frontieres, occupation, Palestine, Snoop Dog (all tags)

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16 Comments

I actually own Snoop albums

...and I still this this diary is bizarre. What's the point? How is this news? Who cares? Here's a clue - if you're going to pick a politically conscious rapper with ties to supporting an Israeli boycott, Snoop isn't the one you pick.

However, please do prove me wrong if there's any proof behind it.

Also this comment isn't against the boycott itself or the goals of it. I'm just finding it an extremely questionable assertion that you're making in regards to Snoop canceling his concert there.

by upstate girl 2008-08-01 10:19AM | 0 recs
Re: I actually own Snoop albums

You have a point.

But in this case I am going with Mark Elf. Many entertainers have been beseiged by human rights orgs to boycott Israel until it stops it brutal occupation and colonization of the Palestinians. But not many would be expected to come out and openly tell their reasons for cancellation.

It is doubtful that he was not offered enough money.

by shergald 2008-08-01 10:38AM | 0 recs
Possibly

but its far more likely than assuming he canceled the concert for purposes of this boycott, rather than the literally hundreds of other reasons that are both far more likely and happen far more often.

Unless you have any other kind of proof besides what another person also thinks without evidence, this is still a pointless diary - it contains only speculation without a shred of evidence behind it.

by upstate girl 2008-08-01 10:43AM | 0 recs
Re: Let's permit everyone besides you and me....

judge for themselves. Shall we? There have been other entertainers who have avoided Israel for similar reasons: conflicts of schedule, contract problems, etc.

Frankly I wish they would just come out and say what the reason really is.

by shergald 2008-08-01 12:21PM | 0 recs
Re: Snoop Dogg cancels Israeli gig

Consider the source! Shergald is radically anti-Israel.  He will make up any story or fabricate any tragedy to attack the Jewish state.

by New York Democrat 2008-08-01 11:00AM | 0 recs
That should read:

He will report any story or delineate any tragedy to help get Israel out of the brutal oppression business and establish a homeland for the Palestinian people, as promised.

by ReillyDiefenbach 2008-08-01 11:36AM | 0 recs
Re: That should read:

Thanks for giving voice to the Israeli and Palestinian peace movement.

by shergald 2008-08-01 12:22PM | 0 recs
Re: Snoop Dogg cancels Israeli gig

He probably couldn't bring his pot with him so he canceled.  

Kidding... Snoop Dog as political activist?  I am not seeing it.

by JustJennifer 2008-08-01 11:21AM | 0 recs
Re: Snoop Dogg cancels Israeli gig

There have been increasing Black activism in support of the Palestinian people. How many entertainers today don't use pot. Bad rap.

by shergald 2008-08-01 12:24PM | 0 recs
Re: Snoop Dogg cancels Israeli gig

Hey I don't care about his pot usage I think it should be legal.  I was just cracking a joke since his tour bus just got pulled over and two people were cited for mj possession.

Anyway... I think it would be nice if we could ever come to the point where people were activists for both sides at the same time.  Why does it always have to be either/or?

by JustJennifer 2008-08-01 12:55PM | 0 recs
Re: Snoop Dogg cancels Israeli gig

Either/or?

Believe it or not, I have asked numerous times, of critics of Israeli criticism, who ask for balance or who just don't like the idea of criticizing Israel, to make their case on Israel's behalf with specific reference to the military occupation and colonization of Palestinian lands that continues in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

The response: nada. No takers. No one willing to defend Israel on this central issue of the IP conflict: occupation/colonization. I know there are other issues, like defending Israel's segregations laws internally, but I never even asked for that. Just about their actions in the Palestinian territories.

Now if you would like to try, I would be willing to republish your diary in the original on as many sites as I can. That is how rare and novel such a defense would be.

by shergald 2008-08-01 03:23PM | 0 recs
So far...

...the greater death toll is black africans being murdered by moslem arabs in Sudan. I think AAs should rethink their mid century affiliations with Islam. The arabs attacking the Darfurians are clearly racist.

by demwords 2008-08-01 11:40PM | 0 recs
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Think about it.  If you wanted to boycott a country in protest of its politics, you'd be hurting your own cause if you didn't come right out and SAY that's why you were canceling the gig.  If you want to change a country's behavior, using the stick of a boycott, what's the point of hiding the fact that you're even wielding the stick in the first place?

by jonster23 2008-08-01 12:33PM | 0 recs
Re: Snoop Dogg cancels Israeli gig

Good point, but I don't know what's going on in the background. There is ambivalence entailed in acting against Israel. If that were not the case, the IP conflict would have been over with years ago.

by shergald 2008-08-01 12:39PM | 0 recs
Re: Snoop Dogg cancels Israeli gig

Additional information:

Another press release:

Rap superstar Snoop Dogg has been urged by Palestinian campaigners to cancel an upcoming concert in Israel and join them in "boycotting" the Jewish state. The "Drop It Like It's Hot" hitmaker is scheduled to perform in the country on September 18 - but activists belonging to the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) is calling on Snoop Dogg to follow their example.

They have expressed their disappointment at the hip-hop star's tour plans, especially when tensions between Palestine and Israel are so high, according to....

The PACBI has released a statement saying: "The Palestinian arts community was deeply saddened and surprised by the news of your upcoming performance in Israel on September 18 in Ramat Gan.

"We strongly urge you to cancel your plans to perform in Israel until the time comes when Israel ends its illegal occupation of Palestinian and Arab territories and respects the relevant precepts of international law concerning Palestinian rights to freedom, self-determination and equality.

"How can an artist whose name is prominently associated with this form of popular and freedom-based musical expression, rap, be apathetic to the monstrosity of Israel's current war crimes in Gaza, its Apartheid Wall, declared illegal by the International Court of Justice at the Hague, or its continued violation of fundamental Palestinian rights?

"By performing in Ramat Gan you are helping to perpetuate this special form of apartheid that denies us our rights. We sincerely hope that you shall cancel your announced performance in Israel."

The key word I believe is "apartheid," and everyone knows that South Africans like Mandela, Tutu, and Kasrils, and others have been strong critics of what Israel is doing to the Palestinians.

Couple of comments from SnoopDogg.com:

Half of Israel were planing to come to the concert!  and just because some arabs that think you shouldnt come your not coming????There are ALOT of big fans of SNOOP DOGG in israel and this concert was going to be a very big event in israel!!hope you and your administration will change your mind , and come to Israel to put on a concert like never was!!

NEVER !!!Sorry dude but everyone respects Snoop Dogg for not going to Israel coz he has a heart unlike other people

by shergald 2008-08-01 12:42PM | 0 recs
SNOOP DOG HAS SPOKEN...

...The world quakes.
He's so smoked out he doesn't even know where he is.

If Snoop Dog is your cause's high moral ground I feel sorry for you.

by demwords 2008-08-01 11:34PM | 0 recs

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