Artists such as Ben UFO, The Black Madonna and the Discwoman collective have tweeted #DJsForPalestine in support of a cultural boycott of Israel.
Supporters of the campaign, called #DJsForPalestine, have posted a text image that reads, "As long as the Israeli government continues its brutal and sustained oppression of the Palestinian people we respect their call for a boycott of Israel as a means of peaceful protest against the occupation."
#DJsForPalestine has so far drawn support from several high-profile artists, including Ben UFO, The Black Madonna, Call Super, Caribou, Ciel, DEBONAIR, the Discwoman collective, Four Tet, Gunnar Haslam, Laurel Halo, Noncompliant, object blue, Pariah, Peder Mannerfelt, Rrose, Violet and others.
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#DJsForPalestine my personal history on this issue is that i travelled to play at The Block in Tel Aviv in 2013. i made several friends there, who i've stayed in touch with, and who i spoke with about the cultural boycott of Israel after i decided to decline further invitations to play. i wasn't well informed then, and my experience of travelling there was what gave me the impetus to read and learn more. my feeling since my first visit has been that while Palestinian civil society calls for a boycott, showing solidarity with their cause is worth more to me than travelling to play a show. this has been my position since 2013. having been asked to participate in this campaign, i felt it would be dishonest to continue to say nothing. i'm still really hopeful that one day i'll be able to play in Israel again. to those who ask why this boycott is selective and only applies to one state, I would say that if a comparable situation existed elsewhere in the world, and a boycott had been called by the affected oppressed class of people, then i would respect that too. for me this is primarily an issue of solidarity, and an exercise in listening. my position on this issue is part of a more general politics of anti-racism, which i hope that i can live up to.
The campaign, coordinated by PACBI (Palestinian Campaign For The Cultural And Academic Boycott Of Israel), is part of a wider effort to more closely involve electronic music figures in discussions surrounding BDS (Boycott, Divestment And Sanctions). In a statement, a spokesperson said: "We welcome the DJs, producers, record labels, collectives and electronic musicians today endorsing the Palestinian call for the cultural boycott of Israel. Cultural boycott played a key role in the South African anti-apartheid movement, with progressive artists refusing to whitewash the oppression of the black majority. There should be no business-as-usual with Israel's regime of occupation, apartheid and settler-colonialism as long as it denies Palestinians our fundamental rights."
As a result of voicing solidarity with Palestine, Room 4 Resistance's upcoming party at ://about blank has been cancelled by the venue's team. ://about blank released a statement explaining the cancellation on Facebook: "Due to the irreconcilable differences, we decided to cancel the upcoming Room 4 Resistance x Comeme at our venue. Calls for boycotts for such as against Israel, shared by the R4R-collective, profoundly disrespect our political understanding."
Last month, a string of DJs pulled out of Meteor Festival in Pecan Park, Israel, including DJ Python, Volvox and Shanti Celeste. The BDS campaign against the festival pointed out that accommodation on illegal Israeli settlements was being recommended to attendees. The experimental musician Hiro Kone referenced Meteor Festival yesterday in a lengthy Instagram post in support of BDS.
Earlier this year, the Israeli government passed a law that decreed Israel "the nation-state of the Jewish people," which has been widely condemned as a move to undermine the rights of Arab and Palestinian citizens. A spokesperson for the Association for Civil Rights In Israel has called it a "racist law."
A temporary suspension of visits from foreign artists and cultural ambassadors is a small price to pay to give an entire population the right to live with equal rights and basic human dignity #DJsForPalestine pic.twitter.com/3zsdvVYLGz— Rrose (@rrose1921) September 12, 2018
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