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when the zionist jewish establishment descended on the teachers union in los angeles, after years of monitoring our activities, attacking a class taught at the union hall by the afsc, and attacking a meeting hosted by the human rights committee of the union (utla) to discuss bds, and specifically calling on utla to disassociate from (union members) associated with “extreme fringe groups”  (aka–cafe intifada’s emma rosenthal), the union president (with the complicit support of many leftists–iso, solidarity, etc within the union leadership)  shut down the meeting, shut down the human rights committee and stated, in reference to the fact that l.a. is the city with the second largest jewish population in the u..s, “not in this time, not in this place.”

kudos to colombia university, in the heart of nyc, with a large (several members of my own family included) jewish endowment pool, for standing down these campaigns.  and maintaining a commitment to academic freedom and integrity!

thanks to e.i. for covering this story, and the ongoing attacks on public discourse.

also important is the use of privatized espionage against dissident voices– groups such as: stand with us, campus watch, camera, adl, etc all maintain dossiers and campaigns of documentation against those who dare to speak out in academia, against israeli hegemony and brutality.

-Cafe Intifada

Pro-Israel group monitoring, intimidating Columbia faculty
Jared Malsin, The Electronic Intifada, 30 April 2010

http://electronicintifada.net/v2/article11239.shtml

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Composite of image of gsh with images of children in palestine and soweto, and the apartheid wall

This redux of Gil Scott Heron’s Classic The Revolution Will Not Be Televised is in response to the recent scheduling of a concert by Heron in Tel Aviv, scheduled for May 25, in violation of the call for a cultural boycott of Israel by Palestinian civil society. (For more information see links at end of post!) The announcement that Gil “What’s the Word? johannesburg!” Scott Heron would be breaking the cultural boycott of Israel.

LYRICS IN CAPS SIGNIFY MODIFICATIONS FROM THE ORIGINAL LYRICS.  ORIGINAL LYRICS IN LOWER CASE.

The Revolution Will Not Be Televised Redux

By Emma Rosenthal


You will not be able to DEFEND JUSTICE, brother.

You will not be able to PLAY ON, turn on and cop out.

You will not be able to lose yourself on

TICKET SALES  and SCREAMING FANS

Skip out ON JUSTICE DURING TOURS

Because the revolution will not be televised.


The revolution will not be televised.

The revolution will not be brought to you by

GENERAL ELECTRIC

In 4 parts without commercial interruptions.

The revolution will not show you pictures of OBOMBER

blowing a bugle and leading a charge by

RAUM EMMANUEL, DICK CHENEY OR HILLARY CLINTON

to eat HUMMUS  AND TOBOULI CULTURALLY

APPROPRIATED  FROM THE AL AQSA MOSQUE SANCTUARY.

The revolution will not be televised.


The revolution will not be brought to you by

THE BARBIE CLUB IN TEL AVIV and will not star MADONNA AND

LEONARD COHEN OR GIL SCOTT HERON and RICHIE RICH.

The revolution will not LET YOU mouth COUNTERREVOLUTIONARY EXCUSES.

The revolution will not get rid of the STIGMA OF BREAKING THE BOYCOTT.

The revolution will not make you look MORE MILITANT

because the revolution will not be televised, Brother.


There will be no pictures of you and YOUR BACK UP SINGERS

SHAKING HANDS WITH HEADS OF STATE or trying to slide onto ISRAELI TV WHILE PALESTINIANS DIE IN AMUBLANCES  ON THE WAY TO THE HOSPITAL.

NBC will not be able to predict the THE TIME IT TAKES

PALESTINIANS TO GET PAST CHECKPOINTS,

or report from 29 BANTUSTANS.

The revolution will not be televised.


There will be no pictures of ISRAELI SOLDIERS

shooting down brothers in the instant replay.

There will be no pictures of ISRAELI SOLDIERS

shooting down brothers in the instant replay.

There will be no pictures of  FAYAT being

run out of  JENIN on a rail with a brand new NOSE JOB.

There will be no slow motion or still life of MAHMOOD ABAAS

strolling through RAMALLAH in a Red, Black and

Green liberation jumpsuit that he had been saving

For just the proper occasion.

MTV, AMERICAN IDOL, and GIRLS GONE WILD

will no longer be so damned relevant, and

PALESTINIAN women will not care if

GIL SCOTT HERON HAS REALLY RAD LYRICS

because THE PALESTINIAN people

will be in the street looking for a brighter day.

The revolution will not be televised.


There will be no highlights on the eleven o’clock

news and no pictures of  SEXY ISRAELI

SOLDIERS IN MILITARY ISSUED BIKINIS ON TANKS

The theme song will not be written by LEONARD COHEN,

GIL Scott HERON, nor sung by MADONNA

OR ANYONE ELSE WHO DID NOT HONOR THE BOYCOTT

The revolution will not be televised.


The revolution will not be right back after a message

ABOUT WHITEY ON THE MOON, WHAT’S THE WORD

or ANY SONG FROM SOMEONE WHO DIDN’T SUPPORT

THE LIBERATION OF THE PALESTINIAN people.


You WILL NEED TO WORRY about  APARTHEID WALLS,

STOLEN WATER ,POISONED WELLS AND

PALESTINIAN CHILDREN DIGGING

THROUGH THE RUBBLE LOOKING FOR CRAYONS AND SCHOOL BOOKS.

The revolution will not go better with Coke,

ESTEE LAUDER OR CLINIQUE

The revolution will not  SUPPORT  THE SCABS

WHO BREAK BOYCOTTS

OR THOSE  WHO DANCE FOR THE OCCUPIERS.


The revolution will REMEMBER THOSE WHO SANG  FOR JUSTICE.


The revolution will not be televised, will not be televised,

will not be televised, will not be televised.

The revolution will be no re-run brothers;

The revolution will be live.

1. ORIGINAL LYRICS http://www.gilscottheron.com/lyrevol.html

2. CALL FROM PALESTINIAN CIVIL SOCIETY FOR BOYCOTT, SANCTIONS AND DIVESTITURE FROM ISRAEL UNTIL IT COMPLIES WITH INTERNATIONAL LAW:

http://www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=66

3. H’ARETZ ARTICLE ON THE UPCOMING CONCERT: http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1163232.html

4. WHAT YOU CAN DO:  http://usacbi.wordpress.com/2010/04/18/take-action-gil-scott-heron-dont-play-in-tel-aviv/

5. I remember “I ain’t gonna play Sun City!” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OjWENNe29qc

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