After a massive international campaign spoken rap impresario Gill Scott Heron has announced that he will not now play an intended show due to take place in Israel in May of this year.
The Godfather of rap Gill Scott Heron’s initial decision to play a live show in Tel Aviv Israel attracted widespread criticisms from a range of Palestinian supporting campaigning groups and individuals.
Gill whose famous rap anthem “ The Revolution will not be televised” and anti apartheid song ‘ Let me see your ID” from the mega album “Sun City” had announced the date as part of his world tour in support of his new album “ I’m New Here”.
A huge Facebook campaign urging him to pull out of the date was launched and the campaign drew significant support.
The UK based Gill Scott-Heron Boycott Israel Campaign was launched in response to the announcement and supporter playwright Omar El-Khairy said:
“The Gil Scott-Heron Boycott Israel Campaign takes no pleasure is asking Gill and his management to deprive Israeli fans of their long awaited moment to see him live, but feel that with circumstances as they are in the Palestinian territories and Gaza in particular, the priority must be to appeal to them to refrain from giving credibility to the Israeli state by playing there.”