Palestine Solidarity Campaign Welcomes Amnesty's Decision Over Leonard Cohen Concert

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Palestine Solidarity Campaign Welcomes Amnesty's Decision Over Leonard Cohen Concert

LONDON - The Palestine
Solidarity Campaign welcomes Amnesty International (USA)'s decision to withdraw
its plans to administer funds from a concert to be performed in Tel Aviv by
Leonard Cohen.

Singer/songwriter
Leonard Cohen has been asked to heed the Palestinian call for a cultural boycott
of Israel and avoid
complicity with Israel's
violations of international law by cancelling his planned September concert in
Israel. Pressure has grown
internationally on performers, particularly following Israel's war crimes in Gaza, to refuse to perform in Israel whilst it
is violating international law and continuing its illegal
occupation.

Betty
Hunter, General
Secretary of PSC, said: ‘The Palestinians have need of principled international
friends and Amnesty has often filled that role.

The PSC were
therefore shocked to hear about the proposed involvement of Amnesty in
disbursing the profits of Leonard Cohen's concert to organisations such as the
Peres
Center for Peace whose
function is to normalise the illegal occupation.

 ‘The
Palestinians have asked us internationally to put pressure on
Israel to abide by international law.
We are therefore very pleased that Amnesty has taken this principled
decision.'

PSC would
like to thank our members, and supporters of Palestinian rights worldwide, who
have written and emailed Amnesty to raise their concerns.

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An open
letter to Amnesty signed by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC), the
Palestinian Campaign for an Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, (PACBI),
Adalah-NY: The Coalition for Justice in the Middle East, American Jews for a
Just Peace (US), Boycott from Within (Israel), British Committee for the
Universities of Palestine (BRICUP), International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network,
Jews Against the Occupation-NYC, New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel
(NYCBI), Palestine Solidarity Campaign (UK), US Campaign for the Academic &
Cultural Boycott of Israel. Organizations pointed out, ‘Amnesty International
USA will serve as sponsor of a new fund that will whitewash the money raised at
Cohen's concert in Israel by using it to finance
programs for "peace."'

Amnesty's
press release: http://www.amnesty.org/en/library/asset/MDE15/025/2009/en/d8c1fa4a-6e62-4ef4-bda1-327d9dba5f23/mde150252009en.html

For more information please contact
the PSC.

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The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) aims to raise public awareness about the occupation of Palestine and the struggle of the Palestinian people. PSC seek to bring pressure on both the British and Israeli government to bring their policies in line with international law. PSC is an independent, non-governmental and non-party political organisation with members from communities across the UK.

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