After much confusion and excitement, it was confirmed that legendary rockers Guns N' Roses are slated to perform at Forum de Beyrouth on March 30.

Hundreds of fans have thus far tweeted and facebook'ed their excitement, yet not all are appeased. A rally of protesters have taken to the internet to boycott the band's impending performance, due to the fact that their guitarist performed the Israeli National anthem at a Guns N' Roses concert last year in Tel Aviv.



Forming a Facebook group called Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel in Lebanon the protesters aim to raise their objections through social media, using the hashtags #NoZionistAnthem, #Lebanon and #BDS.

Though it's a little late to start the protesting, I gotta give kudos to people for using social media for a notable--thought perhaps ineffectual--cause. I'm just waiting for Guns N' Roses electric guitar performance of the Lebanese anthem to really make up my mind.

Protesters Boycott Guns N' Roses Due To Israeli Ties

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“Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel in Lebanon” to Guns n Roses: Hatikvah and Beirut Don’t Mix Beirut Don’t Mix by Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel in Lebanon (Notes) on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 12:07am “Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel in Lebanon” to Guns n Roses: Hatikvah and Beirut Don’t Mix Dear Members of Guns n Roses, The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), representing the majority of Palestinian civil society including those active in the cultural domain, sent you a letter on October 19, 2010. The letter called on you not to perform in Israel because of the latter’s occupation of Arab lands, its racial discriminatory practices, and its prevention of Palestinians from returning to their cities and villages.[1] According to media reports, you will be performing at the Forum De Beyrouth on the 30th of this month.[2] Since PACBI’s appeal to you, and instead of joining dozens of artists and bands like Rodger Walters, Elvis Costello, Vanessa Paradis, Cassandra Wilson, Carlos Santana, The Pixies, Klaxons, and Gorillaz Sound System who have boycotted that murderous, occupying, and racist state, your lead guitarist Ron Thal (known as Ronald Blumenthal) ended up performing the melody to Israel’s national anthem (Hatikva) in Tel Aviv on July 3rd, 2012.[3] Dear Guns n Roses, Hatikva is based on a poem written in 1878 by Naphtali Herz Imber in the wake of the construction of the Petah Tikva settlement in Palestine. The poem expresses the hope of the Jews to “return” to the “land of Israel,” in total disregard for the original inhabitants of Palestine: The Palestinian Arabs. The first stanza of the anthem reads: As long as in the heart within A Jewish soul still yearns, And onward toward the ends of the East, An eye still gazes towards Zion, Our hope is not yet lost The hope of two thousand years, To be a free people in our land The land of Zion and Jerusalem. Dear Members of Guns and Roses, Art cannot ignore human rights and the International Law; in particular, it cannot ignore the occupation, colonization, murder, displacement, destruction and racism that Israel inflicts on the Palestinian people. Furthermore, these Israeli actions are not limited to Palestine but extend to neighboring countries, particularly Lebanon. Israel has launched ongoing wars against Lebanon since the latter’s foundation and has killed tens of thousands of its citizens, displaced hundreds of thousands, as well as destroyed tens of villages and cities, including the capital Beirut. Israel continues to occupy valuable parts of Lebanon’s south, has planted millions of cluster bombs in its territory, and prevents more than four hundred thousand Palestinian refugees in Lebanon from returning to Palestine. We thus call on you to apologize for playing the melody of the Israeli anthem; the anthem of killing, displacement, racism, and sectarianism. In case you do not, then we find ourselves, out of a moral and national sense of responsibility, obliged to ask our people in Lebanon to boycott your performances. The sad irony is that March 30 is Land Day; on this same day in 1976, Palestinians resisting Israeli confiscation of their land (mostly in Galilee) were martyred. We promise not to take your dismissal of this suffering lightly. The Campaign to Boycott Supporters of “Israel” in Lebanon March 7, 2013 [1]http://www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=1389 [2]http://www.beirutnightlife.com/events/calendar/guns-n-roses-live-in-beirut [3]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1ouOlRNqaw. http://jn1.tv/video/culture?media_id=34816.

Rihab Jaafar on Mar 22, 2013 via web
 
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من "المقاطعة" في لبنان إلى Guns n Roses: "هاتيكفاه" وبيروت Don’t Mix: وإلى اللبنانيين، والمنظمين والرعاة..... by Campaign to Boycott Supporters of Israel in Lebanon (Notes) on Monday, March 11, 2013 at 3:07pm ...وإلى اللبنانيين، والمنظمين والرعاة كما بعثتْ حملة مقاطعة داعمي "إسرائيل" في لبنان برسالة مفتوحة مستقلة إلى الذاهبين إلى عرض "غانز آند روزز" وإلى منظّمي الحفل ورعاته، هذا نصه: أيها اللبنانيون، قريباً، في 30 آذار، قد تحلّ بينكم فرقةٌعزفت النشيدَ "الوطنيّ" الإسرائيليّ صيفَ العام الماضي، ولم تجد حرجاً في مجاملة الدولة الصهيونيّة التي أعملتْ في دولنا القتلَ والاحتلالَ والتهجيرَ منذ العام 1948. فهل ستدعمونها بشراء بطاقاتٍ لعرضها؟ هل ستصفّقون وتصفّرون وتهلّلون لمن عزف نشيداً يمجّد هذه الدولة القاتلة؟ أيستحقّ "الفنّ" أن ننسى آلامَنا وعذاباتِنا التي لم تتوقّف يوماً منذ تأسيس "إسرائيل"؟ أتستحقّ بضعُ ساعاتٍ من المرح والطرب أن ننسى عشراتِ آلاف القتلى على يد أصحاب النشيد "الوطنيّ" الإسرائيليّ؟ أهذا هو شعب لبنان "العظيم"؟ أهذا هو شعبُ العزّة والحريّة والكرامة والسيادة والاستقلال والمقاومة؟ لا تشتروا أيّ بطاقة إلى هذا الحفل الذي تقيمه فرقةٌ داعمةٌ لقتلكم وتهجيركم. وإذا اشتريتم فردّوها اليومَ قبل الغد، واسترجعوا ثمنَها. لا تعطوا قرشاً واحداً لمن يجامل مغتصبَكم ويطمس جرائمه! أمّا أنتم أيها المنظّمون والرعاة، فمن المؤسف جداً أنّكم لم تقوموا بأيّ بحثٍ لتعرفوا هويّةَ الفرقة التي دعوتموها إلى بيروت، عاصمةِ الألم والكرامة والمقاومة والشهداء. ألا يجدر بكم أن تتوقفوا فوراً عن رعاية الحفل وتنظيمِه بعدما علمتم، الآن على الأقلّ، بموقف هذه الفرقة المخزي من عدوّ لبنان (الرسميّ والشعبيّ)، "إسرائيل"؟ إننا نطالبكم، باسمنا وباسم كلّ المتضرّرين من الكيان الصهيونيّ، بسحب الدعوة فورًا، مهما كلّفكم الأمر. وتذكّروا: هناك عشراتُ الفرق العالميّة التي تقاطع الكيانَ الصهيونيّ، فادعوها، واعزلوا الفرقَ الداعمة له لأنّ دعمها هذا سلاحٌ إضافيٌّ ضدّ شعبنا وأمّتنا. فليقفْ لبنان، رسميّاً وشعبيّاً، فنيّاً وثقافيّاً وإعلاميّاً وقانونيّاً، في وجه كل من يدعم "إسرائيل" أو يجاملها أو يطمس جرائمها! حملة مقاطعة داعمي "إسرائيل" في لبنان 10/3/2013

Rihab Jaafar on Mar 22, 2013 via web
 
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https://www.facebook.com/notes/campaign-to-boycott-supporters-of-israel-in-lebanon/%D9%85%D9%86-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%85%D9%82%D8%A7%D8%B7%D8%B9%D8%A9-%D9%81%D9%8A-%D9%84%D8%A8%D9%86%D8%A7%D9%86-%D8%A5%D9%84%D9%89-guns-n-roses-%D9%87%D8%A7%D8%AA%D9%8A%D9%83%D9%81%D8%A7%D9%87-%D9%88%D8%A8%D9%8A%D8%B1%D9%88%D8%AA-dont-mix-%D9%88%D8%A5%D9%84%D9%89-%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%84%D8%A8%D9%86%D8%A7%D9%86%D9%8A%D9%8A%D9%86-%D9%88/431163520301016

Rihab Jaafar on Mar 22, 2013 via web