Should Rasta Artistes Boycott Apartheid Israel?

Ziggy and Damian Marley
Ziggy and Damian Marley

There is no denying that Rasta is not what it used to be.  The great movement started by great men like Marcus Garvey and Percival Howell lost its way a long time ago. 

Rasta is no longer a movement of resistance against oppression.  In fact, if the price is right, these new millennium Rastas will take side with the biggest oppressors on earth in a heartbeat, just ask any random Rasta reggae artist.  Rasta has become nothing but dreadlocks wearing, weed smoking buffoons, running around shouting “One Love” even when they are staring down the barrels of the oppressors loaded guns.

When the Rasta movement started, at the core of the movement was liberation for all Africans at home and abroad, liberty and justice for all and death to all oppressors.  Fast forward to today; Rastas will do anything behind closed doors including going to bed with the oppressors.  Back in the days Rastas chanted against apartheid South Africa, today Rastas give full support to apartheid Israel (See video below).

The question must be asked, was the apartheid in South Africa worse than the apartheid in Palestine today?  When one look carefully it is very difficult to differentiate between the two.  In both cases, you have an outside force coming in and stealing the land of the indigenous people then turn around and deprive them of all their rights.  The when those who got their land stolen from them, stand up and fight for what is truly theirs, they are branded as criminals, terrorists and thugs.

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A new millennium Rasta justified his support for Israel by pointing out how the Palestinians support Hamas which is a terrorist organization.  What this “Rasta” failed to understand is that during the height of apartheid in South Africa, Nelson Mandela and the African National Congress (ANC) were also listed as terrorists.  The rap group, Geto Boys, said it best; all over the world, the white man wants to stick his dick in the Black and Brown man’s ass and if the Black or Brown man dare move their asses, they are branded as rebellious terrorists.

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Reggae artists refused to perform in South Africa during the apartheid era.  Jimmy Cliff, who is the original pioneer of reggae music, paid a steep price with his career for choosing to perform there.  When it comes to apartheid Israel, however, these Rasta artistes are quick to perform in Israel.  It is almost like they deem oppression against the brown man to be not as important as oppression against the Black man.  So many Rasta artistes and even baldhead reggae artistes of performed in apartheid Israel that it is very difficult to keep track.

The price might be right for performing in Israel but equal rights and justice for all should take precedence over money.  If fact, Bob Marley, the king of Reggae and himslef a Rasta, who once said:

Don’t gain the world and lose your soul
Wisdom is better than silver and gold

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