Artist Advocacy Group Calls On Chemical Brothers To Boycott Israeli Concert


LONDON (CelebrityAccess) — Pink Floyd co-founder Roger Waters has joined a growing chorus of UK-based creatives in calling on the Chemical Brothers to pull out of an upcoming performance in Tel Aviv, Israel.

The group, calling themselves Artists for Palestine-UK, includes more than 1,100 signatories from across multiple artistic disciplines and includes British playwright Caryl Churchill, actor Maxine Peake, and Liz Lochhead, a former National Poet of Scotland.

In an open letter to the Chemical Bros, the signatories urged the electronic duo to consider canceling their event, writing:

"If you go to Tel Aviv, your presence will be used by the Israeli authorities to reassure their citizens that all’s right with the world and nobody really cares that the Palestinians are suffering. You could step back from this. Last month, Brian Eno told the Israeli dance company, Batsheva, who were using his music in an Israeli embassy-sponsored event in Turin, that while they might not be able to distance themselves from the Israeli government, he could, and he would. You have the power to make the same choice. Please don’t go."

The Chems are due to perform in Tel Aviv on Nov. 12th. – Staff Writers