PressTV - Cultural boycott of Israel taking hold in S Africa:
Wed Feb 9, 2011 2:10AM
Hassen Seria, Press TV, Johannesburg
"It's this advert by Dave Randall, the lead guitarist of the British band Faithless that caused all the fuss... Played on one of the country's leading youth music stations, the advert raised the ire of some groups who claimed it was anti-semitic. But the group which placed the ads, says this is baseless.
Despite complaints. 5fm which is run by the state broadcaster, the SABC decided to continue airing the advert, saying it was treating it as any other advertising. It would not however discuss details of the complaints it received or from whom exactly.
The South African Artists Against Apartheid's campaign is itself based on a drive launched in 1985 to isolate the white supremacist government here.
The performances which take place at a venue like this one are often inspired by vivid imagination and make-belief. But the scenes which play out in Palestine daily are often far more dramatic. And it's that reality that is inspiring a growing number of South African artists to add their voice to the campaign for a cultural boycott of Israel.
Last year the Cape Town philharmonic orchestra played in occupied Palestine, drawing strong criticism from anti-Apartheid veteran Desmond Tutu. Those running the campaign for a cultural boycott of Israel here, say it is a disappointment.
Having experienced Apartheid first-hand here, activists are optimistic their campaign will make an impact.
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