Hundreds of musicians, including Rage Against the Machine, Julian Casablancas, Serj Tankian, Roger Waters, and Run the Jewels, in an open letter urged fellow artists to boycott performing in Israel.
“We call for you to join us with your name in refusing to perform at Israel’s complicit cultural institutions, and by standing firm in your support of the Palestinian people and their human right to sovereignty and freedom,” says the letter signed by some 600 musicians.
The letter, titled “Musicians for Palestine,” criticized Israel for their deadly attacks on Gaza earlier this month while demanding “justice, dignity and the right to self-determination for the Palestinian people and all who are fighting colonial dispossession and violence across the planet.”
“Silence is not an option as the brutal Israeli bombardment of besieged Gaza claimed more than 245 lives in the last weeks. Silence is not an option as residents of Sheikh Jarrah in occupied Jerusalem are continuously forced out of their homes,” the letter says.
The signatories share their dream of living in a world without segregation and apartheid.
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