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Haaretz Service | June 1, 2011

Coldplay endorses 'Freedom for Palestine' single on Facebook page

British music giants Coldplay have endorsed an upcoming musical collaboration called "Freedom for Palestine," released as a single by the War on Want and One World foundations.

Writing on their official Facebook page on Wednesday, Coldplay referred fans to the "Freedom for Palestine" page, saying: Some of our friends are involved in OneWorld's new 'Freedom for Palestine' single," providing a link to the official "'Freedom for Palestine" website.

The single features a collaboration of several prominent U.K. musicians, such as Maxi Jazz and Dave Randall of the dance band Faithless, and Jamie Catto of 1 Giant Leap.

According to the "Freedom for Palestine" website, the project is supported by groups such as Palestine Solidarity Campaign, Jews for Justice for Palestinians, A Just Peace for Palestine, Friends of Al Aqsa, and more.

The project and its subsequent endorsement by Coldplay comes amid an ongoing debate on whether or not to impose a cultural boycott of Israel as a way to pressure Israel into striking a peace deal with the Palestinians.

While many artists have chosen to perform in Israel despite reported attempts to sway them from doing so, several have cancelled planned Israel shows, citing political pressure. The most prominent of those have been musical duo Leftfield, Elvis Costello, The Pixies, the late Gill Scott Heron, Santana, The Klaxons and the Gorillaz Sound System.

Posted on 02-06-2011

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