Banksy, artist turned hotelier, has responded to an appeal from Palestinians, and withdrawn an invitation to English DJ Fatboy Slim to perform at a street party outside the new Walled Off Hotel in Bethlehem.
Fatboy Slim scheduled a Bethlehem appearance the day after his planned March 12 performance in Tel Aviv. Artists for Palestine UK (APUK), have appealed to the DJ to cancel his Israeli show.
Fatboy Slim has not responded, instead telling the Jerusalem Post on March 1 that he was unaware of any protests.
Now he can be in no doubt.
Artists for Palestine UK commented:
Banksy’s decision sends a signal to those artists who like to think that a guest appearance in the Occupied Territories gives them licence to perform at an Israeli venue. But performing in Tel Aviv today is the equivalent of performing in Sun City during the time of Apartheid; it can’t be cancelled out by the gesture of false symmetry, such as the one which Fatboy Slim was planning to make.
We congratulate Banksy, and appeal again to Fatboy Slim: it is not too late to change your mind; don’t take your music to an apartheid state.
Artists for Palestine UK
London, 8 March 2017