In Stuttgart, Germany, on July 19, activists prepared to demonstrate outside his concert, but in the face of continuing protests, Vieux agreed to meet with them about his scheduled concert in Israel. The group also challenged his musical alliance with Israeli musician Idan Raichel, an absolute apologist for Israel’s apartheid policies.
According to their report, Touré was disturbed to learn that Raichel was not quite what he seemed. “We put it to him that Raichel had strong connections to the army and supported them without compromise. We asked how it was possible to talk of music bringing people together when he supported repressive policies and actions that sowed hatred in peoples' hearts.
“Touré pointed out that he was just a musician and he wanted to bring people of different backgrounds and traditions together -- that was his music and music was his life. We said we got his music, but music can sometimes seem to bring people together while actually masking a bitter reality.
“But when we asked him if he or his late father would have considered playing in Apartheid South Africa, he replied "Of course, no!” So we said: that is our point. Israel is not the kind of society a musician from Africa should put on his schedule.”
In its appeal to Touré, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) sums up by saying, “PACBI and the broader BDS movement, representing the absolute majority of Palestinian civil society, appeal to you to respect our struggle. We ask you to uphold our strategy of non-violent resistance and refrain from crossing a picket line called for by Palestinian society, endorsed by international organizations, and increasingly supported by progressive Israelis.”
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