Today a stream of DJs, producers, record labels, electronic musicians are speaking up for Palestine and endorsing the cultural boycott of Israel. Using the hashtag #DJsForPalestine, these artists and cultural producers say they are supporting the Palestinian call for boycott as a peaceful protest against the occupation, “for as long as the Israeli government continues its brutal and sustained oppression of the Palestinian people”.
This collective action follows the pattern of a similar wave of bands, including Portishead and Wolf Alice, who came out in protest using the hashtag #ArtistsForPalestine, shortly after Israel’s massacre of unarmed Palestinian protesters in Gaza this May.
Caribou, the Discwoman collective, Laurel Halo, The Black Madonna, Ben UFO, Tessela, Truants, Ciel, DEADBOY, FourTet, Room4Resistance and many, many more joined together for this action. Some artists added personal messages, for example Ben Thomson / UFO explained:
“My feeling since my first visit has been that while Palestinian civil society calls for a boycott, showing solidarity with their cause is worth more to me than travelling to play a show. this has been my position since 2013. Having been asked to participate in this campaign, I felt it would be dishonest to continue to say nothing.”
Soraya, founder of Truants said:
In light of our government’s failure to pressure Israel to end its horrific war crimes in Gaza and the rest of the occupied Palestinian territory, and Israel’s persistent violations of Palestinian rights, I endorse the call for the cultural boycott of Israel
Jo Née of 3BS Records wrote:
Coming from a Jewish family who were also beneficiaries in apartheid South Africa I feel inextricably linked to the cause of the Palestinian people
In response, Palestinian campaigners PACBI have thanked the DJsForPalestine wave, issuing their own statement:
At the time of writing, more and more cultural producers are joining this wave. Below are just a few sample tweets #DJsForPalestine —