Support from International Artists

Last Revised: 

August 05, 2013

A number of international cultural workers and artists have upheld the Palestinian call for cultural boycott by refusing to play in Israel, voicing their support for cultural boycott, and calling on fellow artists to uphold the call.

Some artists who failed to cancel their performances have subsequently expressed regret for not upholding the boycott.

  • In 2011, Roger Waters, who had gone to Israel in 2006, made a public statement against the Israeli anti-boycott law. Waters has since become a staunch proponent, calling on fellow artists to cancel performances in Israel and uphold the cultural boycott including an open letter published in 2013.

  • In February 2011, folk music legend Pete Seeger officially endorsed BDS against Israel based on his refusal to be a part of "greenwashing" and "whitewashing" initiatives that use culture to "rebrand Israel.” Seeger's support of the cultural boycott movement came after his participation in an online environmental initiative that he later realized was part of a "greenwashing" initiative by the Israeli Arava Institute. As Seeger explained: “I appeared on that virtual rally because for many years I’ve felt that people should talk with people they disagree with. But it ended up looking like I supported the Jewish National Fund...Now that I know more, I support the BDS movement as much as I can.”

  • In August 2014, Anoushka Shankar, who had played in Israel the previous year, posted on Facebook “I can’t be silent. What is happening now is a crime against humanity, it is apartheid, it is genocide” in reference to Israel’s brutal attack on Gaza in the summer of 2014.  

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