Dear Snoop Dogg,
As a life long fan of hip hop I am extremely disappointed in your recent decision to become brand ambassador for Seedo, an Israeli start-up producing home grown Marijuana devices. We all know you pride yourself as an advocate for Marijuana use and I can see why you would grasp this opportunity to support an innovative argritech company. However, I can only assume you are unaware of the implications your support of such a company based in Israel will entail. I am aware spokespeople from the organisation Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) have reached out to you in the past appealing for you to boycott performing in Israel, which you did for whatever reasons. Therefore, I know you are not completely ignorant to the brutal truth of what is going on.
By supporting Israeli start-up companies and their economy you are becoming complicit in the occupation of Palestine. This means the segregation, restriction of movement, mass unemployment and incarceration of Palestinians without evidence and various human rights abuses. The rapid development of Artificial Intelligence in Israel, similar to that used by Seedo is being exploited to increase the surveillance and control of Palestinians under occupation.
To quote you:
“Promoting a healthier lifestyle by providing my friends and communities with products that allow for growth in unused urban spaces is something I’m all the way down with. Seedo creates cost savings and the opportunity for all people to benefit from agricultural technologies.”
Palestinians are not benefiting from these technologies. I’ve spent weeks with Palestinian farmers on fields which they legally own, trying to protect them from intimidation and arrests by the Israeli military. To save them from having their livelihoods and their homes taken from them by the State of Israel. There are over 700,000 Palestinians refugees in Palestine as a result of Israeli colonization.
I am still haunted by my visits to the West Bank. The occupation in Palestine calls for solidarity in mass movements for equality and justice just as the Black Civil Rights movements of the 1950’s and the end of Apartheid in South Africa did. Angela Davis calls for intersectionality between human rights abuses across the world for all ethnic minorities and Hip Hop has always been a voice of the oppressed.
Please keep in mind the thousands of Palestinian children who will suffer at the cost of the blood money you will be supporting. Alongside becoming brand ambassador for Seedo, you have now also become the face of oppression, exploitation and a humanitarian crisis which is being inflicted on the many Palestinians who may have once listened to your music as a form of hope to escape their dire realities.
Please visit the West Bank for yourself and you will see that the blood money of the product you are supporting is not worth more than the human lives it will cost. Boycotting Israeli goods is the only choice of freedom the Palestinians have, much like that of the model inspired by Nelson Mandela himself in South Africa to end apartheid.
Quite literally, ‘Murder was the case’ that they gave you.
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