Brian Eno, musician
Roger Waters, musician
Peter Gabriel, musician
John Cusack, actor
Ken Loach, director
Michael Moore, director
Thurston Moore, musician
William Dalrymple, writer
Graham Linehan, comedy writer and director
Neil Finn, musician
Lily Allen, musician
Reverend and the Makers, band
Caroline Bergvall, writer and artist
I am really shocked by the bullish reaction by political powers to Lorde’s decision not to perform in Israel later this year.
I stand with her and with fellow artists in protecting our right to speak out and for Lorde to reach her own decisions of conscience even if this means such a public cancellation.
I’m certain many of her fans in Israel will understand and support her move. It is a move of friendship and inclusivity for a bigger world.
Naomi Wallace, playwright, screenwriter
Lorde has made a brave choice for justice and freedom. It is a typical tactic of those who oppose Palestinian civil rights to attempt to smear such courage with charges of anti-semitism. The purpose is to send out a warning to other artists not to speak out against the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestine. These forces of reaction will not succeed. Let us follow Lorde’s example. Let all artists of conscience heed the call by the Movement for Black Lives to endorse the BDS movement.
Nabil Shaban, actor and director
Why should Lorde be made to perform for Israel. If she were to refuse to perform for Putin or Kim in North Korea, she would be praised as an international hero, worthy of a Nobel Peace Prize, but because the USA establishment supports and funds Israel’s special brand of apartheid, she is demonised. This is wrong.
Eric Boehlert, music journalist
Fatima Bhutto, writer
Shaun King, writer
Tim London, producer
Scot Williams, actor
Rebecca Vilkomerson, human rights defender
Noura Erekat, human rights defender
Hind Awwad, human rights defender