Pink Floyd former bassist Roger Waters is the newest voice to call on electronic music duo the Chemical Brothers to cancel their upcoming live performance in Israel.
“If you go to Israel, your presence will likely be used by the Israeli authorities to reassure their residents that every one’s right with the earth and no one actually cares that the Palestinians are suffering. You possibly can step back from this,” Roger Waters, along with 10 other English artists, states in an open letter to the English group.
Actor Maxine Peake and writers Caryl Churchill and Liz Lochhead are among the many signatories.
7000 more people have signed a separate petition calling on the Chemical Brothers to cancel their Show.
“Artists which are performing in Israel are actually participating in whitewashing the occupation and apartheid,” the petition states, noting that high-profile artists are more and more declining to perform in Israel.
Israelis call for boycott:
A group of Israeli residents who assist the Palestinian urges for a cultural boycott of Israel have additionally urged the Chemical Brothers to cancel their gig.
In 2011, Israel passed a regulation permitting the federal government to penalize residents who call for a boycott.
“Our long years of activism have brought us to the finding out that the best solution to cut the apartheid system is to disclaim its financial fuel and political legitimacy,” the group, often called Boycott from Within, states.
Regardless of these calls, the Chemical Brothers’ Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons told an Israeli media outlet last week that they haven’t come under pressure to cancel their live performance.
“We are going to go to anywhere the place younger people wish to see us playing. We’re not actually involved in all the rest,” the duo stated, in response to a translation by The Guardian.