Israel pays these artists huge sums of money to play there. It's sad but telling that they have to "buy" the whitewash of their rotten regime in the Occupied territories
Brian Eno and Roger Waters scorn Nick Cave's 'principled stand' to play in Israel
Australian labelled ‘naive’ and ‘arrogant’ after he accused pro-boycott campaigners of trying to bully and censor musicians
High-profile artists including Brian Eno, Roger Waters and Ken Loach have hit back at Nick Cave after the musician defended his tour of Israel as a “principled stand” against people trying to “bully” and “censor” musicians.
Eno, Waters and Loach are among a group of artists who have joined the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, a global campaign that aims to increase pressure on Israel to end its occupation of Palestinian territories, and lobbies artists, academics and businesses to refrain from engaging with or touring in Israel. Elvis Costello and Lauryn Hill are among the high-profile artists who have cancelled shows following pressure from the movement.
At a media conference in Jerusalem on Sunday, Cave said his decision to play two concerts in Israel was in part a “principled stand” he was taking against the BDS lobbyists, who on 30 October signed an open letter urging him not to perform there “while apartheid remains”. His other reason to play, he said, was: “I love Israel and I love Israeli people.”
Eno, a musician and producer, also asked Cave to sign Artists for Palestine UK’s boycott pledge in 2014 in the aftermath of Israel’s attack on Gaza, but Cave refrained. As of 22 November, 1,280 artists have signed the pledge.
Eno praised Cave’s previous support of Palestinian humanitarian causes, but said that, given his statements at the media conference, he felt the need to publicly restate his case for the boycott. “This has nothing to do with ‘silencing’ artists – a charge I find rather grating when used in a context where a few million people are permanently and grotesquely silenced,” Eno said.
“The BDS argument is simple enough: Israel has consistently – and lavishly – used cultural exchange as a form of ‘hasbara’ [propaganda] to improve the image of the country abroad, and to ‘show Israel’s prettier face’, in the words of a foreign ministry official. The BDS campaign is simply asking artists not to be part of that propaganda campaign.”
Waters, the former Pink Floyd bassist, was more scathing, saying he had read Cave’s statements “with a mixture of sorrow, rage and disbelief”.
“Nick thinks this is about censorship of his music? What? Nick, with all due respect, your music is irrelevant to this issue, so is mine, so is Brian Eno’s, so is Beethoven’s, this isn’t about music, it’s about human rights,” he wrote. “The moment came and went brother, you missed it.”
Loach, the film director, added: “Nick Cave has a choice, either to stand with the oppressed Palestinians or the Israeli state which denies them their human rights. He chooses to stand with the oppressor.”
The artists’ statements were published by Artists For Palestine UK, a lobby group that published its own statement.
“What are we to make of a privileged artist who somehow contrives to turn the notion of a collective protest against the destruction of an entire people into a complaint that it is he that is being silenced?” it read. “What are we to make of the fact that Cave makes such a statement, but does not care to mention the word ‘Palestinian’?”
It seems like the truth of the Occupation is dead to Deborah Danan too, living in Tel Aviv, Editor and Investigative Journalist" lol and Foreign media consultant to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
She is supposed to have reported from all arund the Middle East but obviously has never "investigated" conditions for Palestinians in the West Banks or Gaza, just down the road.
I remember a while ago, the usual suspects were screeching about the Palestine solidarity group disrupting talk in Trinity by the Israeli Ambassador. It was nothing compared to the disruption caused by the Jewish terrorist group, the JDL
Pro-Israel ‘mob’ with ties to EDL causes mayhem at Balfour event
Organised by the Centre for Palestine Studies in SOAS, the screening of “From Balfour to Banksy: Visions and Divisions in Palestine” was eagerly awaited by students
The screening of a documentary at a UK university about the legacy of the Balfour Declaration in Palestine was cut short yesterday following coordinated “intimidating practices” by a pro-Israeli group thought to be members of a far right Jewish extremist organisation.
Disruption and “mob behaviour” by individuals later identified as members of the Jewish Defence League (JDL) – an organisation that is known to have close ties with far-right groups in the UK – forced the chair of the viewing to end yesterday’s event early due to fears over student safety.
MEMO was informed by a student who wished not be identified that “some of the attendees are connected to the JDL which is the Jewish division of the EDL [English Defence League] a far right group of thugs.” The student confirmed that they “behaved … [like] … football hooligans”.
The student explained that they were unaware that the JDL and EDL were “enmeshed” until it was pointed out to them by a friend, who recognised the individuals from anti-EDL marches they had taken part in.