Watch:Stopped By Apartheid on the Way to Madonna’s “Peace Concert”
Despite the calls for BDS (Boycott Deinvestment and Sanctions), Madonna has decided to go ahead with her concert at Ramat Gan stadium in Israel. To face the criticism aimed at the concert Madonna invited peace activists from several NGOs to come see her show for free. However there are still millions of people who are permanently barred from events in Israel.
Saeed and Muhammad Amireh from the village of Ni’lin had bought ticket for the concert but as always when they tried to exit their village they were stopped by the apartheid wall that has been separating their village from its agrarian lands. As all days the gate in the wall was closed and was not opened when the brothers explained that they wanted to go to the concert at Ramat Gan. The roadblock at another exit from the village would not let them through either and they were forced to turn back. They contacted the DCO (District Coordination Officer) to apply for permit to pass through the roadblocks on the way to the concert but they were not granted entrance to Israel.
Like most Palestinians, Saeed and Muhammad hold so called green ID-cards which means that they are not granted entry into the areas on the other side of the green line. They are not recognized as citizens of any state and even though they live under Israeli rule, they are denied basic rights such as freedom of movement.
By doing a concert in this kind of apartheid state Madonna is effectively whitewashing the Israeli occupation and agreeing to the terms that only some people are welcome to come see her. Evidently people from Ni’lin and other Palestinians are not amongst those who are welcome to Madonnas concerts.