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06/30/11: Jello's statement cancelling his Tel Aviv show
Dear Friends,

Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine are not going through with the July 2 date in Tel Aviv. This does not mean I or anyone else in the band are endorsing or joining lockstep with the boycott of all things Israel. I am going to Israel and Palestine to check things out myself and may yet conclude that playing for people in the belly of the beast was the right thing to do in the first place.

The toll and stress on the band members and myself has been huge, both logistically and as a matter of conscience. I can't drag anyone any further into rough waters without being better prepared than some of us thought we were. A responsible leader does not go, 'Hey, check out the storm at the top of Mount Everest. Let's go up anyway just in case we don't die.' Some members are angry with me for this decision, let alone how long it took me. I don't blame them.

It would have been so easy to quietly pass on the gig out of fear someone might get upset, and no one would have been the wiser. We could have flown under the radar, left the date off our tour postings and not bothered with a statement, but how honest is that?

Our intention in going was that we thought we could do some good , speaking truth to power, fans and impressionable young minds in a way that most bands don't. What about the people on the same side of the human rights fence we are who now don't get to see us play? Should the be boycotted too? What about the even larger atrocities of the Bush regime and by extension Obama? Should we turn off our mouths of anger and boycott our own country too? We tried again and came close to landing a Ramallah show, but again, we needed to be better prepared. How fair is it to the organizers to demand a full-on rock show on a few days' notice with a type of music they may not be familiar with? More importantly, how much are we really doing for Palestinian rights if people there don't seem interested in our kind of music at all?

I've been doing this long enough to know better than buy into hardline absolutes such as playing in Israel automatically supports apartheid or Israel's government. That threat is ridiculous. I know far more about this issue than some people think I do, and I am not a poodle for Hasbara, Peace Now, BDS or anyone else. The first people contacting us went out of their way to be diplomatic and communicate how they felt. Then our Facebook page went from eye-opening and educational to a childish bickerfest between a handful of people, to the point where we had to try something else just to reclaim our own Facebook page.

As the gloves came off, unfortunately so did some of the masks. Calling anyone speaking up for Palestinian rights a 'terrorist' is dumb. So are the blanket condemnations of everyone who happens to be Israeli that seem to be coming from the 'drive all the Jews into the sea' crowd. I also even got an invitation from a self-proclaimed fan to 'come meet the Israeli right' and see the settlements through their eyes, complete with a wine-tasting party. Whew! Whoever started punksagainstapartheid.com now admits it was aimed solely at one person - me. It is obvious that not everyone signing the petition has any idea who I am, or knows anything about punk, possibly the majority. The last time I looked I could only find three names of people I actually knew. Some made it clear that I will be on their bad list no matter what I do because I dared to even think of playing in Israel.

I can't back anyone whose real goal or fantasy is a country ethnically cleansed of Jews or anyone else. Where people who think for themselves or talk to the wrong person are automatically a sell out. Speaking personally, I currently favor two democratic states in the admittedly naive hope that in our lifetime they can somehow evolve into one. Where race or religion does not matter because people have learned to work with each other.

I think back to last year when JBGSM played in Serbia. The locals we spent time with were not monsters, and filled me in on how they risked their necks for years opposing and demonstrating against Milosevic and were not down with ethnic cleansing at all. But they weren't too happy about being bombed by NATO for over 2 months straight either, and showed the ruined buildings to prove it.

I also heard comments like, 'The Croats killed my grandfather in World War II. I can't forget that...' and 'There's another war coming soon. I can feel it.' The most I could do from the stage is say that I do not know what I would do if the Croats or Serbs killed my grandfather, or a suicide bomber or occupying army killed my child. But I would hope I would be one of those people who could somehow say, 'Can't we have some peace?' The audience seemed to appreciate that.

The next day I laid out my thoughts and emotions to the person giving me a ride in Slovenia. She turned ice cold and said, 'Maybe next time you should play in Bosnia.' Good point. The nightmare continues.

Rise Above, Jello Biafra


06/14/11: Jello Biafra's statement on his tour to Israel/Palestine
Below is today's statement from Jello Biafra. On the Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine European tour, the band is wrapping up the trip with a show in Tel Aviv, Israel. The band will also be traveling to the West Bank.

Dear friends,

Thanks a lot for caring enough to weigh in with all your comments and suggestions. I can't deny I'm glad this has stirred up so much debate. People unaware of the Palestinian side(s) of the story can now use all these links to learn a lot more.

Some have suggested I go to Israel alone for a personal fact-finding mission before bringing the band. Good idea, but I don't have the money and free time some people may think I do. The way I get overseas is to play my way there, so to speak.

We tried for a gig in Ramallah, but no luck. No, I wouldn't have played Sun City back in South Africa's apartheid days. But an underground punk show for an anti-apartheid audience might have been tempting, especially for them. (some RSA punks did ask).

I don't see how the Netanyahu government could manipulate this event for their own purposes. What right wing regime in their right mind would want to namedrop me? I am not exactly known for keep my mouth shut onstage, especially about human rights violations. There is no government sponsorship of this show.

Please understand that we are still torn up about this, in no small part because we are probably 95 - 99% in agreement on this issue with the people writing in. I have been part of Peace Now for years and have contributed to at least one Palestinian medical aid organization.

The main reason I wanted to do this in the first place is not just to see first hand what is going on, but for our likely audience of people already there who are as outraged over the extreme oppression as we are.

I think of all the spoken word shows I have done in the American Deep South, especially smaller towns, where it seemed like every radical and progressive person from a wide area showed up, and let me know how thankful they were I even bothered to come. That they looked around the room and felt they weren't alone. Or that not every American is down with either of our governments' non-stop human rights violations, and that it is important to have allies and friends.

Respectfully,

Jello Biafra


05/12/11: Jello Biafra & the New Orleans Raunch & Sould All-Stars get ready to rock!
Jello Biafra And The New Orleans Raunch & Soul All-Stars announcement!


05/06/11: Jello in New Orleans this weekend!
Jello Biafra rocks old R&B classics w/ the New Orleans Raunch & Soul Allstars May 8th! Despite his reputation as punk & political icon, he is a huge fan of many genres of music, so this is a chance for him to do something unusual and different. With members of Dash Rip Rock and Cowboy Mouth backing him up, this is a one-off event, one night only, at the 12-Bar in New Orleans.


04/26/11: JB+GSM Las Vegas shows CANCELLLED!
"Two band members have been called back to New Jersey due to an urgent family emergency." - Jello Biafra Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine have had to cancel their Las Vegas appearances this Friday & Saturday. As soon as we know more information about current show/rescheduling we'll post an update. Our deepest, best thoughts go out to our GSM friends who are grappling with this family crisis.


04/18/11: The latest installment of What Would Jello Do?
In this episode, a heavily made-up Jello (on the set of a film he's doing) holds forth on the Alberta's Tar Sands and the dirty secret of Canada's oil supply. (Canada now supplies more oil to the U.S. than any other country.) WWJD?


04/06/11: New Jello & GSM studio release
The 2nd record by Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, Enhanced Methods of Questioning, will be released May 31! 5-song EP plus an 18-minute bonus track (a Deviants cover) on the CD!


04/01/11: Jello Biafra endorsed for mayor by San Francisco Bay Guardian!
The SF Bay Guardian endorses Jello Biafra for Mayor of SF!


04/01/11: JELLO BIAFRA at THE CONFERENCE ON WORLD AFFAIRS
The 63rd Annual Conference on World Affairs is an event held since 1948 at the University of Colorado in Boulder. The core of the conference consists of panel discussions, on topics such as music, art, literature, environmental activism, business, science, journalism, diplomacy, technology, spirituality, the film industry, pop culture, visual arts, politics, medicine, and human rights.

This year musician/activist/raconteur Jello Biafra will appear on a number of panels on a variety of issues.
Here's his schedule at the Conference:

Monday April 4 - Sex: Good For You Is Good For Me 1:00pm
Monday April 4 - What the Left Can Learn From the Right 4:30pm
Tuesday, April 5 - Katy, Gaga, Ke$ha: The New Feminist Role Models 3:30 pm
Wednesday, April 6 - A PLENARY DUET: Dynamic Duo: A Bipartisan Rant 1:30 pm (Jello squares off with right-wing African-American Fox News pundit Robert George)
Wednesday, April 6 - What's Wrong With American Sports? 3:30pm
Thursday April 7 - Anarchy in the USA 5:00pm
Friday April 8 - Idiots, Twits and Hypocrites 1:00pm

All events are FREE and open to the public.

The website for the conference: www.colorado.edu/cwa/


01/26/11: What Would Jello Do Playlist
Finally turned Jello's YouTube posts into a playlist. Watch uninterrupted for your dosage of pure Jello.



01/13/11: 1987 Canadian interview with Jello



11/24/10: Jello's Thanksgiving message
Happy holidays from fearless leader JB.



10/14/10: Jello Twitter feed



04/09/10: Jello On The Hour
Jello Biafra is interviewed on CBC TV show "The Hour," a pretty long and well-done interview: about midway through this episode.


08/13/09: Super Rare US Jello show this weekend!
The sizzling new punk band from Jello Biafra, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School of Medicine, is playing one show in the U.S. before heading to play Europe.

It's this Saturday in Grass Valley, CA, with ace d.i.y. band Git Some. Tickets Available Here. This is the only US show scheduled until November, so don't miss out!


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