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The Cape Town Opera performed "Porgy and Bess" last night in Tel Aviv, despite Palestinian, Israeli and international calls for BDS and even a personal request from Nobel Peace Prize laureate Desmond Tutu. The Coalition of Women for Peace and BOYCOTT! staged a protest flashmob outside, denouncing Israeli apartheid. Watch the activists shakin' it and please forward this video:
On July 9 2005, the Palestinian Boycott National Committee (BNC) issued its unified call for Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment from Israel, demanding full rights for Palestinians. It is particularly troubling that the Cape Town Opera House decided to perform in Tel Aviv, with no other than "Porgy and Bess" - an anti-racist opera that in the Capetown Opera House version takes place in Soweto during the Apartheid regime. As the opera did not heed Desmond Tutu's call to cancel the show, a group of Israeli BDS supporters decided to emancipate the songs on opening night.