Supporters of an global boycott movement against Israel have lashed out at rock star Nick Cave after he played in the Jewish state and accused the pro-Palestinian activists of trying to bully musicians.
While a few artists, including Stevie Wonder and Lauryn Hill, caved to pressure from the BDS movement, most have ignored it, with Tel Aviv seeing concerts from the likes of Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Santana, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Aerosmith and Bon Jovi in recent years.
At a news conference Sunday ahead of his concert, Cave said he made a decision to schedule a performance in Israel after being asked to sign on to a list of artists who pledged not to perform there over its treatment of the Palestinians. "I didn't want to sign the petition". According to Ynet, Martin and Johnson dined in Tel Aviv with Cave, who was making his first visit to Israel in some 20 years. So, at the end of the day, there are two reasons I am here: "[The first is that] I love Israel and the Israelis, and [the second is that] it's important for me to do something of substance about this".
He continued, "I understood that I wouldn't sign but I also wouldn't perform in Israel - and that seemed like I was acting scared". Despite that, 2018 is gearing up to be even bigger, with dates set for shows by musical juggernauts such as former Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne and former Beatle Ringo Starr. In response, two of the most vocal public figures supporting BDS, Roger Waters and Brian Eno criticized Cave.
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"That made me feel like a coward, so as soon as I planned this tour, it was important for me to come out against this silencing of artists", he said.
Earlier this month Boy George, the lead singer of Culture Club performed in Tel Aviv with his band saying "I go where I want", and would not listen to those pressuring him to boycott Israel.
Proving that they have very little grasp on irony, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, an organization devoted exclusively to maliciously making every aspect of life in the Jewish State political and divisive, issued a statement saying that Cave's courage is proof that, well, every aspect of life in the Jewish state is political and divisive. "It is a political and moral decision to stand with the oppressor against the oppressed". Read the full statement below.