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Palestinian activists slam Nick Cave’s show in ‘land of injustice’

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JERUSALEM: Supporters of an international boycott movement against Israel have lashed out at rock star Nick Cave after he played in the Jewish state on Sunday.
The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel called Cave’s shows a “propaganda gift” that helps “art-wash” Israeli policies against Palestinians.
“Nick Cave’s performances in Tel Aviv and recent statement are a propaganda gift to Israeli apartheid,” the group said in a statement. “We thank Nick Cave for making one thing abundantly clear— playing Tel Aviv is never simply about music. It is a political and moral decision to stand with the oppressor against the oppressed.”
The independent initiative Artists for Palestine UK also issued a statement: “Artists for Palestine UK believe it is Palestinians who know the meaning of daily humiliation and silencing. We regret that in a land of injustice Nick Cave is giving comfort to the unjust.”
“Nick Cave pretends that Artists for Palestine UK’s insistence on the restoration of Palestinian rights somehow infringes the rights of others. But what are we to make of a privileged artist who somehow contrives to turn the notion of a collective protest against the destruction of an entire people into a complaint that it is he that is being silenced? What are we to make of the fact that Cave makes such a statement, but does not care to mention the word ‘Palestinian’?” the group asked.
The BDS movement, which calls for boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel, has enlisted the support of Pink Floyd front man Roger Waters and has persuaded some performers like Elvis Costello and Lauren Hill against playing.
Back in February, when Cave & the Bad Seeds announced plans to perform in Tel Aviv, several artists and film makers — including Waters, Mike Leigh and Ken Loach had signed Artists for Palestine’s open letter urging Cave to cancel the dates.

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