Musician and writer Nick Cave declared at a press conference on Sunday that he wanted to ‘make a principled stand’ by crossing the Palestinian boycott picket line, dismissing widespread calls to cancel his group the Bad Seeds’ two concerts in Tel Aviv. Cave’s words have found him a new fan-base in the form of Israel’s government: there has been an outpouring of public endorsements from its foreign ministry and diplomatic missions across Europe, the U.S., and Australia, as well as from numerous lobby groups.
We have sampled, and reproduced below, tweets from ten Israeli government bodies and spokespeople and seven lobby groups, all of which work hard to counter the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) human rights movement and promote Israel’s interests.
Nick Cave declared his love for Israel, and the Israeli regime reciprocated, providing further proof, if any were needed, of the propaganda value to Israel of appearances by international artists. Cave has gifted Israel’s government a PR coup. Yet Israel’s imposition of decades of military occupation and apartheid against the indigenous Palestinian population is increasingly being challenged by principled solidarity, including from artists. Instead of helping Israel’s regime to whitewash its violations of Palestinian human rights, we invite Cave to support those working for freedom and rights for all.
1. Israeli government and embassies
Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesperson:
Diplomat, spokesperson for the Embassy of Israel, Washington, DC:
Consulate General of Israel in New York:
Embassy of Israel in Germany:
Embassy of Israel in Ireland:
Embassy of Israel in Portugal:
Embassy of Israel in Norway:
Deputy Ambassador of Israel in Spain:
Diplomat responsible for Civil Society Affairs, Embassy of Israel, London:
2. Israel lobby
Stand With Us
Unite With Israel:
We Believe in Israel:
The Israel Project:
Creative Community for Peace:
Maccabee Task Force:
Sussex Friends of Israel: