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‘The Emperor’s Clothes’ by Invincible

January 21, 2009


A protester at the Jan. 7 rally at the Fruitvale BART station in East Oakland carries a sign that ties the police execution of Oscar Grant to the Israeli executions in Gaza. - Photo: Dave Id, IndyBay
A protester at the Jan. 7 rally at the Fruitvale BART station in East Oakland carries a sign that ties the police execution of Oscar Grant to the Israeli executions in Gaza. - Photo: Dave Id, IndyBay
In response to Israel’s horrific attack on the Gaza Strip, Invincible has dropped a new track, “The Emperor’s Clothes,” for free download. “The Emperor’s Clothes” is produced by K-Salaam & Beatnick. Invincible first performed the track live at the protest lock-down of the San Francisco Israeli Consulate.

The situation in Gaza is critical, with massive damage to civilian infrastructure and more than 1,300 Palestinians killed and 5,300 wounded. Read more about the crisis in Gaza at Electronic Intifada.

As this track makes clear, one of the most effective strategies we can pursue right now is boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaigns against Israel, as we demand an end to Israel’s assault on Palestinian life and liberty. Read more about and get involved in the Global BDS campaign.

Kareem Edouard, director of the acclaimed “Sledgehammer!” music video, is currently working on a video for “The Emperor’s Clothes.” Keep your ear to the ground for that.

LYRICS: ‘The Emperor’s Clothes’ by Invincible

Phase 1: Air strikes all day and all night
Phase 2: Rockets hit the Gaza strip with phosphorus
Phase 3: Ground attack how we gonna counteract?

Boycott Divest and Sanction

Israel, you should be ashamed
Kill and maim thousands of civilians in our name
Claim you hitting terrorists but children in your aim
Even murder relief workers blood spilling from they brain
While they tried to drive the ambulance, damn they couldn’t stand a chance
Even bomb students, hospitals, mosques, Rafah and Khan Yunis
Shot ‘em in the back like the cops to Oscar Grant …
And in each case the good ol’ United States sponsored that
$7 million a day that we pay tax and AIPAC’s lobbyists is robbin’ us
Sometimes it feels like they’re ain’t no stopping this
BUT now nobody can deny it cuz you made it too obvious
Naked truth exposed like the emperor’s clothes
The struggles getting hotter and the temperature rose
Since 1948 when you formed the state
Palestinian people still defending their homes
They ain’t been surrendering, NO

Boycott Divest and Sanction
Cuz they even bombed the United Nations

Look, I’m Israeli, my government’s so arrogant
War criminals who call Palestinians terrorists
For resisting extinction and occupation
Comparing this to genocide and reservations of Native Americans
It’s a massacre! Kick out they ambassadors!
Divest from their apartheid like South Africa
Boycott ‘em like King to Montgomery buses,
Show them we want peace but only with real justice
They murdering the media and witnesses left
We gonna stop shopping at all the businesses that invest
In building they settlements and gentrifying our corners
Illegal walls over there and the U.S.-Mexico border
Build a worldwide movement ’til the truth is heard
And supporting the Israelis who refuse to serve
All the C.O.s who AWOL when deployed to Iraqi stations
All the people rallying while the cops are chasing
If we enlisted in the system we got an obligation
We ain’t got the patience, time to stop the occupation

Boycott, Divest, and Sanction
Til there’s right of return for displaced and reparations

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