A host of musicians have signed an open letter calling for the boycott of Israel in support of Palestine. A huge list of artists have put their name to the letter, including Rage Against The Machine, Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters, Run The Jewels and a host more.
You can read the full letter below and in which the likes of Julian Casablancas, Chromeo, Thurston Moore, Godspeed You! Black Emperor and a host more ask for “justice, dignity and the right to self-determination for the Palestinian people and all who are fighting colonial dispossession and violence across the planet.”
The group’s letter disparaged Israeli attacks on Palestine in what they described as “ethnic cleansing”. It continued asking for “all governments to stop funding all resources and technologies that back the Israeli state and their war crimes.”
The strong message continues: “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. We believe this is crucial to one day live in a world without segregation and apartheid,” reads part of the letter.
Roger Waters has been in favour of a cultural boycott of Israel for some time, but the volume of signatories to this letter is one of the largest outpourings of support for a boycott ever. The letter continues: “Complicity with Israeli war crimes is found in silence, and today silence is not an option. 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.”
You can read the full letter, below.