Australian rock star Nick Cave to boycotters: 'I love Israel'

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 22, 2017

Cave played Israel in the '90s but then stayed away, in part because of the backlash from boycotters that always comes with announcing an Israel date. "It's the thing we fear the most, in a way, to be publicly humiliated".

At a press conference in Jerusalem on Sunday, Cave said he made a decision to perform in Israel as a "principled stand" against BDS activists.

"So it becomes just easier to forget about Israel". People talk about loving a country, but I just felt, on some sort of level, a connection that I couldn't really describe.

The British musician Brian Eno had asked him to sign the Artists' Pledge for Palestine, in which performers support a cultural boycott of Israel.

"There was something that stunk to me about that list", he said.

Cave said he wanted to take a "principled stand against anyone who wants to censor and silence musicians".

Waters and Eno - prominent supporters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, which lobbies artists to sever ties with Israel in protest of its occupation of Palestine - have called on Cave to join the boycott.

"This isn't about music, it's about human rights".

"We hurl our glasses into the fire of your arrogant unconcern, and smash our bracelets on the rock of your implacable indifference", Waters also wrote, adding that "if at some point in the future you want to climb out of the dark, all you have to do is open your eyes, we, in BDS will be here to welcome you into the light". "What?" Waters wrote in a statement following Cave's concerts in Israel.

Eno, the former Roxy Music synth player and ambient music producer, noted Cave's "generous" support for Palestinian humanitarian causes, but said the artist had fallen into Israel's "propaganda campaign". Stating that the "press conference could mark a watershed", Michael Dickson, a senior official in StandWithUs, an organisation that opposes BDS, told The AJN.

Waters has been active in urging fellow artists to boycott performing in the country.

"By playing in Israel and additionally, by speaking out against the shaming of the BDS campaign, Cave has taken a principled stand that I believe more will follow".

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