'YouTube removes video urging Alica Keys to drop Tel Aviv concert'

By JTA
June 28, 2013 01:28

Video-sharing website pulls clip set to Keys' song "This Girl is on Fire" calling for Israel boycott; artist claims copyright infringement.

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Singer Alicia Keys performs at the Grammy Awards in Los Angeles, February 10, 2013.

Singer Alicia Keys at Grammys drum sticks 370. (photo credit: REUTERS/Mike Blake)

(JTA) — YouTube removed a video calling on Alicia Keys to cancel a concert in Tel Aviv.

Set to Keys’ popular song “This Girl is on Fire,” the video was removed on Monday, according to the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.

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The video, “Alicia Keys, Come Together with Your Sisters, Boycott Apartheid,” was removed, a notification by YouTube said, due to a copyright infringement claim by “Alicia Keys c/o Ziffren Brittenheim LLP.”

It showed Palestinian performance and visual artist Rana Hamadeh standing on an Israeli military vehicle waving a Palestinian flag.

“It is enough that we face physical and emotional violence and restrictions on our daily lives. But now we are also being silenced on the internet,” Hamadeh said in a statement distributed by the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel. “I think if Alicia Keys understood the call to boycott, she would agree to honor it.”

Keys affirmed her decision to play in Israel in an interview published last month in The New York Times. She has been under pressure to cancel the July 4 concert.

The appeal to Keys to boycott Israel came first from Alice Walker in an open letter posted on the Pulitzer Prize-winning author’s website. Calls also came from Roger Waters of Pink Floyd and numerous pro-Palestinian organizations.


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