Rapper Talib Kweli Removed From German Festival Over His Support of Palestinian Rights

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Talib Kweli at Brooklyn Bowl, July 2, 2015 (Peter Matthews/Flickr).

American rapper Talib Kweli was disinvited from the Open Source Festival in Düsseldorf, Germany following his refusal to denounce the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement for Palestinian rights. In response, over 100 artists, filmmakers, playwrights, and actors signed an open letter condemning his removal.

The Open Source Festival announced in early June that it had withdrawn the rapper’s invitation to its event after he did not deny his support for the BDS movement. The festival said in a statement that it had no other option but to revoke his invitation.

In May, the German Parliament, known as the Bundestag, designated the BDS movement as anti-Semitic. German lawmakers decided that the government would not fund any organization that questions Israel’s right to exist, calls for boycotting Israeli goods, or actively supports the BDS movement, The New York Times reported.


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  • Jeanette Millard

    WOW this is so many evils all rolled into one.
    Freedom of speech violated; Palestinian support = anti-Semitism is simply NOT true.
    I hope all the musicians withdraw from this event.
    This was a month ago and I have not seen this reported anywhere else.
    Thank the goddess for the North Star!

    • Rana Aminzadeh

      TALIB KWELI… thank you for not backing down. We support you!

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