Freedom for Palestine

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"Freedom for Palestine" is a song by OneWorld. OneWorld is a collective of musicians, artists, campaign groups and charities working together to "raise awareness of the Israeli occupation of Palestine and the resulting poverty and other human rights abuses."[1] The song, released on 3 July 2011, is a compilation number, similar to "Free Nelson Mandela" or "Feed the World".[2] Its lyrics mention "catastrophes, refugees, crimes against humanity, prison camps, occupation, human rights and justice."[2]

Artists on the video include Maxi Jazz (Faithless), Dave Randall (Slovo/Faithless), LSK, the Durban Gospel Choir, members of the London Community Gospel Choir, Jamie Catto (1 Giant Leap) and musicians from around the world.[3] Proceeds from the song go to the charity War on Want for projects in Palestine.

The song went in at number 10 in the UK indie charts[4] and entered the UK Singles Chart on 10 July 2011 at number 79.[5]

Background[edit]

According to the project website: "Palestine is in crisis. Today Palestinians face daily human rights abuse and live in crushing poverty in refugee camps and under Israeli Occupation. In response to this injustice, a group of international musicians are releasing the song Freedom for Palestine by OneWorld."[3]

According to the song's official website, it is supported by War on Want, A.M.Qattan Foundation, Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Jews for Justice for Palestinians, A Just Peace for Palestine, Friends of al-Aqsa, Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions UK, Stop the War Coalition and Trust Greenbelt.

Reception[edit]

Archbishop Desmond Tutu,[6] musician Roger Waters, Bristol based trip hop duo Massive Attack, British actress Julie Christie, UK Hip-hop artist Lowkey,[7] singer-songwriter Sami Yusuf[citation needed], musician and activist Billy Bragg[citation needed], film director Ken Loach, writer and dub poet Benjamin Zephaniah, comedian Mark Thomas,[8] and award winning author and civil rights activist Alice Walker all endorsed the song.[9] UK natural cosmetics manufacturer and retailer Lush also publicly supported the song.[1]

An Early Day Motion was proposed in the British Parliament by Liberal Democrat MP Bob Russell, seconded by Peter Bottomley, commending Tutu for his promotion of the song, and calling on the "Government to join forces with governments around the world to put pressure on Israel to honour UN resolutions."[10] In the United States, Glenn Beck was critical, calling it "evil" and "pure propaganda" on his Fox News television show.[2][11]

Coldplay[edit]

On 1 June 2011, UK rock band Coldplay posted on their Facebook page "Some of our friends are involved in OneWorld's new 'Freedom for Palestine' single" with a link to the website and the video clip, causing controversy.[11] Over 6,000 Facebook users quickly used the "Like" feature, and the posting soon received 12,000 comments.[12] Coldplay's link to the video drew attention from many fans, both agreeing and disagreeing with the message of the song.[11] On 6 June reports indicated that Coldplay had removed the link to the song from their Facebook wall with no explanation.[13] According to Frank Barat of OneWorld, the link was not removed by Coldplay, but by Facebook after "thousands of people (and computer generated posts) reported it as abusive."[2]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "OneWorld Freedom for Palestine". lush.co.uk. Lush. September 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d Sherwood, Harriet (9 June 2011). "Palestine campaign song generates controversy ahead of release". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 June 2011. 
  3. ^ a b Ben-Tovim, Ron (June 1, 2011). "Coldplay endorses 'Freedom for Palestine' single on Facebook page". Haaretz. Retrieved June 5, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Indie Singles Chart". OCC. 2011-07-10. Retrieved 2011-12-14. 
  5. ^ "The Official UK Singles Charts". OCC. 2011-07-10. Retrieved 2011-07-10. 
  6. ^ "Archbishop Tutu endorses Freedom for Palestine". YouTube. 2011-06-17. Retrieved 1 July 2011. 
  7. ^ "Lowkey - "Lets get 'Freedom for Palestine' single into the UK charts!"". YouTube. 26 May 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  8. ^ "Mark Thomas' endorsement". YouTube. 26 May 2011. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  9. ^ Ritman, Alex (3 July 2011). "Freedom for Palestine song echoes anti-apartheid era". The National. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  10. ^ "EDM 2017 in 2010-11: Archbishop Desmond Tutu And Freedom For Palestine Recording". EDMS.org. 2011-06-30. Retrieved 2011-07-03. 
  11. ^ a b c Flock, Elizabeth (3 June 2011). "Coldplay angers fans by telling them to check out ‘Freedom for Palestine’ video". The Washington Post. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  12. ^ "Coldplay angers Israel". Al Bawaba. 5 June 2011. Retrieved 5 June 2011. 
  13. ^ Coldplay removes link to 'Freedom for Palestine' single from Facebook, Haaretz, 6 June 2011

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