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USA Today Joins Effort to Persuade Alicia Keys to Boycott Israel

USA Today posts Boycott Israel press release as a "news" article. Lies about Israel are reprinted as if true, assisting in the effort to convince US singer Alicia Keys to boycott the Jewish State.

Andrew Kadi delivered the Boycott Israel petition to Keys, maybe this was his next stop.

Andrew Kadi delivered the Boycott Israel petition to Keys, maybe this was his next stop.

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As if it wasn’t enough to have the once-famous novelist Alice Walker publicly claim that the young rhythm and blues singer Alicia Keys will suffer mortal soul decay if Keys goes ahead with her plan to sing in Israel, which Walker and her minions refer to as an Apartheid State, and a huge Internet and petitioning effort to similarly dissuade her, now the national American newspaper USA Today has lent a helping hand.

In a “news article” printed on Wednesday, June 12, USA Today‘s music critic, Steve Jones, cut and pasted nearly the entire press release sent out the day before by the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.

The press release/news article told USA Today‘s readers that a “delegation representing more than 500 organizations” delivered a petition with “12,000 signatures” to the New York office of Keys’ non-profit Keep a Child Alive which provides support to children and families devastated by AIDS in Africa and India.

The USCACBI petition lists many of the worst-lies-about-Israel-that-Israel-haters-love-to-repeat, such as that Israel is an Apartheid State and that it is a systemic abuser of “Palestinian human rights, and even that Keys’

performance is legitimizing a country that systematically undermines her nonprofit’s mission, that ‘every person has the right to health care and that all children deserve a future.’ Israel routinely denies Palestinians health care and systematically destroys the futures of Palestinian children, denying their rights to education and health care, and regularly arresting Palestinian children and then torturing the vast majority of them.

There is no mention in the USA Today article that Israel routinely treats not only hundreds of Arab Palestinian children and adults a year, but that it does so even for the children of terrorists as well as the terrorists themselves, as any quick Internet search would quickly reveal.

An Internet search that took less than five seconds produced information that more than 100,000 Arab Palestinians were treated in Israeli hospitals in 2011.  More than 4 million other results also showed up for the simple search “Israel treats Palestinians hospitals.”

Incidentally, that same search revealed that more than 100 Arab Palestinian doctors work in Israeli hospitals – there goes the Apartheid lie, for anyone who might be interested in truthful reporting.

The USA Today article does not put quotes around the following, which is in Jones’s “article”:

In response to Israel’s large-scale abuses of Palestinian rights, Palestinian Civil Society launched a call for a global campaign of boycott, divestment and sanctions of Israel in 2005, modeled on the call by black South Africans for a boycott of apartheid South Africa that helped bring an end to the racist system.

The press release/USA Today article goes on to recount the names of other artists who have been successfully intimidated – eagerly or otherwise – into believing the worst about Israel and who have cancelled their performances in Israel.

Columnist Jeffrey Goldberg was apparently the first to notice the similarity between the press release and the article, and tweeted it on Thursday.  The Algemeiner also took note.

Thus far Keys has remained firm and plans to perform in Tel Aviv on July 4.  There are some social media efforts to support Keys in this position, including this Facebook page, “Alicia Keys Plays for Peace in Israel,” and an inspired effort by a New Jersey woman described in an earlier Jewish Press article, urging supporters to buy Keys’ music worldwide on the day of her Tel Aviv concert.

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About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.

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84 Responses to “USA Today Joins Effort to Persuade Alicia Keys to Boycott Israel”

  1. I won’t be reading or buying USA Today ever again!

  2. She can boycott who she wishes, and if we don’t like it we can boycott Alicia Keys! See it all works out!

  3. Ken Figa says:

    This world is really starting to suck! Why can’t people just leave each other alone!

  4. Lisa Frett says:

    Boycott USA Today!

  5. Why can’t people just leave these poor stars alone insted of trying to get tthem to “support” a cause that will harm her in the long run.

  6. Send Steve Jones to Gaza to live.

  7. Ummm Lori, Alice Walker, unlike you of course, is still very much a famous writer.

  8. Brittany Newmark says:

    She's a one book wonder–woo hoo.

  9. USA Today sucks buckets big time – biased bozos.

  10. Paid for with Muzzie monies.

  11. Think I might be a "minion" of Alice Walker!

  12. Joel Zelnik says:

    USA Today and Alice Walker can kiss my collective keester. Did any "palestinians" or radical Islamists march with Dr. King and put their lives on the line for Civil Rights? Jewish and African American Goodman, Cheney, and Schwerner died for that cause.

  13. A "one book wonder?" I think not.

    She has won the following honors and awards:
    Ingram Merrill Foundation Fellowship (1967)
    Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1983) for The Color Purple
    National Book Award for Fiction (1983) for The Color Purple.
    Henry Award for "Kindred Spirits" 1985.
    Honorary Degree from the California Institute of the Arts (1995)
    American Humanist Association named her as "Humanist of the Year" (1997)
    The Lillian Smith Award from the National Endowment for the Arts
    The Rosenthal Award from the National Institute of Arts & Letters
    The Radcliffe Institute Fellowship, the Merrill Fellowship, and a Guggenheim Fellowship
    The Front Page Award for Best Magazine Criticism from the Newswoman's Club of New York
    Induction to the California Hall of Fame in The California Museum for History, Women, and the Arts (2006)
    Domestic Human Rights Award from Global Exchange (2007)
    The LennonOno Grant for Peace (2010)

    And here is selection of her published works:

    Novels and short story collections

    The Third Life of Grange Copelan (1970)
    In Love and Trouble: Stories of Black Women (1973)
    Meridian (1976)
    The Color Purple (1982)
    You Can't Keep a Good Woman Down: Stories (1982)
    To Hell With Dying (1988)
    The Temple of My Familiar (1989)
    Finding the Green Stone (1991)
    Possessing the Secret of Joy (1992)
    The Complete Stories (1994)
    By The Light of My Father's Smile (1998)
    The Way Forward Is with a Broken Heart (2000)
    Now Is The Time to Open Your Heart (2005)
    Everyday Use (1973). Short stories, essays, interviews

    Poetry collections

    Once (1968)
    Revolutionary Petunias and Other Poems (1973)
    Good Night, Willie Lee, I'll See You in the Morning (1979)
    Horses Make a Landscape Look More Beautiful (1985)
    Her Blue Body Everything We Know: Earthling Poems (1991)
    Absolute Trust in the Goodness of the Earth (2003)
    A Poem Traveled Down My Arm: Poems And Drawings (2003)
    Collected Poems (2005)
    Hard Times Require Furious Dancing: New Poems

    Non-fiction books

    In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens: Womanist Prose (1983)
    Living by the Word (1988)
    Warrior Marks (1993)
    The Same River Twice: Honoring the Difficult (1996)
    Anything We Love Can Be Saved: A Writer's Activism (1997)
    Go Girl!: The Black Woman's Book of Travel and Adventure (1997)
    Pema Chodron and Alice Walker in Conversation (1999)
    Sent By Earth: A Message from the Grandmother Spirit After the Bombing of the World Trade Center and Pentagon (2001)
    We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For (2006)
    Overcoming Speechlessness (2010)
    Chicken Chronicles, A Memoir (2011)

  14. I'm not sure how to battle this new antisemitism more effectively, and hope that Alicia Keys stands firm and true. Israeli doctors are currently working in Africa to overcome the AIDS epidemic, the very thing so close to her heart.

  15. Being a famous writer, painter, actor … anything, doesn't prevent you from succumbing to bigotry. Can't say I care about her resume when considering her views.

  16. .. and this list proves she's not a rabid antisemite how?

  17. Rachamim Dwek says:

    What is it with Westerners and their obssesion with untrained intellectuals? I wouldn’t ask my auto mechanic to treat my hypertension. Nor would I ask my physician to fix my transmission. Whatever else I may or may not do, Alice Walker is the last person in the world I would turn to when forming my opinion on complex geopolitical issues. Who cares what she thinks? I pity the Jew she married. What fun he must be having right now but then again, we have always had such people amongst us, whether they were called Apikoros or Kapos their character is never changing.

    As for the actual issue…BDS, and its sister movement, IAW, are as hypocritical as it gets- and as most reading this probably know, so called “Pogressives” and “Humanists” are extremely hypocritical.

    BDS-IAW frontman Omar Barghouti is a man born in Qatar, raised in Egypt and yet in 1991 Israel allowed him and his family to immigrate. Later, Barghouti gained his doctorate at an Israeli university on the government’s tab. Yet, when asked how he can possibly ask people to engage in an Academic Boycott of Israel after having obtained his doctorate at an Israeli university he responds, and this is verbatim, “I refuse to discuss that, it’s a personal issue.” So, an Arab is able to immigrate to Israel and gain citizenship, then receive a free education including a doctorate and he tours the world proclaiming that Israel is an “Apartheid State.” He and his movement are a sick joke and for the sake of brevity I won’t even touch upon his racist utterings concerning whites and so on.

    BDS-IAW has basically achieved nothing, although it is growing in notoriety and this begs our attention- and much more importantly, our effective response.

    The truth of the matter is, with the world’s highest percentage of hi tech exports- with an astounding 45%- Israel is boycott proof. The larger problem is the negative propaganda and loss of non-Jewish, and even Assimilated-Jewish support for Israel. BDS-IAW is highly effective in selling itself. If it is allowed to, the movement will become a huge problem. Calling a spade a spade, Israel is terrible at public relations. It is time to stop taking the high road and meet these ignorant bigots head on.

  18. Dominga Luna says:

    Do you really know her Cultural background? LOL This shows how much people even know about her. LOL

  19. Dominga Luna says:

    Do you really know her Cultural background? LOL This shows how much people even know about her. LOL

  20. Steve Forty-Seven says:

    If Israel wants to render BDS meaningless, all the country has to do is stop building settlements (COMPLETELY this time…no exceptions for 'natural community development' or any such nonsense) and propose a formula for Right of Return compensation for those driven from their homes during the Nakba. Then you can have all the concerts you want. And who knows, Hawking might even drop by sometime.

  21. Gabriela Wilensky says:

    Shame on USA Today for promoting bigotry and hatred… they should come here and see for themselves, and then, go to Gaza and see for themselves.

  22. Rachamim Dwek says:

    Steve Forty-Seven: BDS-IAW aren’t concerned with “Settlements.” Omar Barghouti has stated that even if the “Occupation” ended tomorrow it wouldn’t change BDS-IAW one iota. He claims that they are targetting Israel merely because it is Jewish, which they feel makes Israel inherently racist. Wanting to destroy Israel because it is Jewish is textbook Anti Semitism.

    As for your point about “Settlements” and the Palestinian Right of Return…Israel has offered Palestinians the Right of Return communally already (Lausanne, 1951), and has always allowed those Palestinians with a verifiable connection to territory now within the Greenline the Right of Return via immigration. Indeed, this is how Barghouti and his family obtained their Israeli citizenship.

    Reparations were made at Lausanne in both cash and in alternative holdings. In addition, all liquid assets were returned to their rightful owners in 1956. Palestinian Refugees are ridiculously defined as the descendants of refugees, as well as the refugees themselves. Israel owes them nothing.

    As for cessation of “Settlement” activity, why should Israel do that? First, Palestinian terrorism against Jews began in 1913, one hundred years ago. Israel’s control of the so called “West Bank” began in 1967. Obviously “Settlements” are not a real issue. If the Palestinians are corcerned about them- and they aren’t (claims to the opposite effect are mere propaganda as Sa’eb Erekat has repeatedly stated)- they would be well advised to return to the negotiating table because under Oslo? Israel is allowed to build in Area C with “Settlements” being a Final Status issue, not up for discussion, much less turned into a pre-requisite for resumption of negotiations.

  23. Ygal Ivry says:

    Do not leave the arena to the fibbers

  24. Where else would Palestinians go to get medical treatment when you've stolen almost everything they had? Bigotry and delusion never had a better friend than the friends of Israel. Alicia Keys would be a better person if off performing at a Klan rally than for this crowd.

  25. Where else would Palestinians go for medical treatment when you've stolen almost everything they had? Alicia Keys would be more respectable playing for a Klan rally than for Israel.

  26. Ilena Tovia says:


  27. Ilena Tovia says:


  28. Rachamim Dwek says:

    Sons of Liberty: Seeing as how when Israel took possesion of Gaza and the so called “West Bank” in 1967 there wasn’t a single primary care health facility (other than the paltrt facilities operated in UNRWA-administered camps), nor a single hospital, there was nothing for Israel to “steal.” Since Israel gained administration over Gaza and the so called “West Bank,” there are today- just in Gaza alone- there are at least 134 primary healthcare facilities (there were 8 in 1967). Where there were no hospitals, in Gaza alone there are 25 with 13.3 beds per 1,000 people- a much high per capita figure than any one of the 21 Arab Nations. Obviously you are mistaken.

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