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YouTube Removes Video Calling on Keys to Cancel Israel Concert

By: JTA

YouTube removed a video calling on Alicia Keys to cancel a concert in Tel Aviv.

The video, set to Keys’ popular song “This Girl is on Fire,” was removed on Monday, according to the U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.

The video, “Alicia Keys, Come Together with Your Sisters, Boycott Apartheid,” was removed, a notification by YouTube said, due to a copyright infringement claim by “Alicia Keys c/o Ziffren Brittenheim LLP.”

It showed Palestinian performance and visual artist Rana Hamadeh standing on an Israeli military vehicle waving a Palestinian flag.

“It is enough that we face physical and emotional violence and restrictions on our daily lives. But now we are also being silenced on the internet,” Hamadeh said in a statement distributed by the U.S. Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. “I think if Alicia Keys understood the call to boycott, she would agree to honor it.”

Keys affirmed her decision to play in Israel in an interview published last month in The New York Times. She has been under pressure to cancel the July 4 concert.

The appeal to Keys to boycott Israel came first from Alice Walker in an open letter posted on the Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s website. Calls also came from Roger Waters of Pink Floyd and numerous pro-Palestinian organizations.

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3 Responses to “YouTube Removes Video Calling on Keys to Cancel Israel Concert”

  1. Three cheers for Alicia! I am proud of her for not doing a Billy Joel.

  2. Linda Berg-Bebbington says:

    Please explain this to me Marty.

  3. My mistake. It was Elton John not Billy Joel. Anyway he cancelled a planned concert in Israel due to pressure from pro-Palestinian and other leftist groups. Shows you the kind of stuff he is made of. Not so with Alicia Keyes. Here is the link http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/02/09/palestinian-rights-group-_n_455463.html

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