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Ten Harpists Bow out of Apartheid Israel Harp Contest! Thank you for having a conscience!

Congratulations, thanks, and respect go out to the ten harpists who chose not to play in Israel.

In early October, there were a total of 32 non-Israeli harpists listed by the Israel Harp contest as competing.  As of today, (two days into the contest) there are only 22 non-Israelis listed.

In addition, the Israel Harp contest confirmed that harpists Naoko Yoshino and Park Stickney have also cancelled their appearances “Due to the current situation.”

Israel is in violation of international law as it inflicts an apartheid* system of segregation upon Palestinians who reside in its major cities.  Israel illegally occupies land on which over 2.4 million Palestinians live in the West Bank.  In Gaza, conditions are dire due to Israel’s attack only days ago.

 Israel’s military offensive on Gaza has, thus far, killed over 140 Palestinians, 32 of whom children. Over 1,100 Palestinians, 40% of whom are children, have been injured as a result of the bloody weeklong military campaign. Yesterday’s assault coincided with World Children’s Day, yet Israel continued to target innocent civilian, including hundreds of innocent children.

“I am completely horrified by the scenes I witnessed in Gaza City’s Shifa Hospital,” says Dr. Barghouti, who reports seeing children’s bodies shattered into pieces, and the bodies of women and children burned all over. “These kind of deaths ultimately confirm the brutality and crimes of the Israeli occupation,” says Dr. Barghouti.

Doctors at Shifa Hospital have affirmed that the types of internal injuries they are seeing—internal wounds no trace of which can be found on the body’s surface—indicate Israel’s potential use of new types of weapons. “We believe they [the Israeli military] have been using depleted uranium shells,” reveals Barghouti.

Barghouti also expressed condemnation of Israel’s unchecked aggression against journalists, which has led to the deaths of both Hossam Mohammed Komi and Mohammed Abu Eisha, in addition to severely wounding seven other journalists and the amputation of one man’s leg. The number of journalists killed and wounded clearly illustrate that the Israeli military are targeting those who are trying to uncover and expose the truth to the rest of the world.

“This is not a war, this is a massacre,” says Barghouti, arguing that Israel plainly wants to record the largest number of deaths possible and will continue to do so with impunity.

“I have been a medical doctor for over 33 years,” says Barghouti, “I have witnessed countless wars and atrocities but I have never before seen this level of brutality.”  http://www.palestinemonitor.org/?p=8579Image

*The crime of apartheid is defined by the 2002 Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court as inhumane acts of a character similar to other crimes against humanity “committed in the context of an institutionalized regime of systematic oppression and domination by one racial group over any other racial group or groups and committed with the intention of maintaining that regime.

About harpsofconscience

The Invitation: Harpists around the world who strive for musical excellence and display a passion for human rights and justice are all invited to Boycott the 18th International Harp Contest in Israel, planned for 22 November - 6 December, 2012. Blog at http://harpsofconscience.wordpress.com/

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