Normalisation of Racist Oppression isn’t Playing Ball, Harlem Globetrotters

The Harlem Globetrotters plan to entertain apartheid Israel again (they are reported to have played last year as well) on May 1 and May 3 at Nokia arena, Tel Aviv. This was only recently revealed In the following short Israeli TV clip:
(starting time 02:20)

It appears one of the globetrotters has been duped into thinking their performance will help stop segregation in Israel, he was taped in London for Israeli TV saying that in the 20th century, the team played at venues where black people were not allowed. He adds that the team was one of the forces which paved the way for the civil rights movement in America.” Can the Harlem Globetrotters really believe that violating the call of Palestinian civil society for a cultural boycott will help end it?


You can contact them directly via “Contact the Harlem Globetrotters” at

They are also on twitter, known by @globies!/globies


Please remind the Harlem Globetrotters:

  • Millions of Palestinians living under Israeli apartheid and occupation will not be allowed to set foot in Tel Aviv and enjoy their performance.
  • Playing basketball in Tel Aviv as if it’s business as usual is a slap on the face of all those who realize that Israel’s colonialism, apartheid and occupation bear a striking resemblance to segregation in America and apartheid in the old South Africa.


Related Links

Harlem Globetrotters, Change the Game – Don’t Play for Apartheid!
Tell the Harlem Globetrotters: Don’t Perform Apartheid Israel!