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9 September 2012

A List of Artists who Respect the BDS Call

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Artists who have heeded BDS calls, silently cancelled Israel gigs or endorsed BDS 2006-2012 (partial list)
Artist name Country Link  Date cancelled (1) proclaimed they would'nt play (1) Notes
Ken Loach UK August 2006 1 1 Joins cultural boycott of Israel, issues statement
IFI Irish Film Institute Ireland August 2006     Drops Israeli embassy as sponsor of film
Jean-Luc Godard France June 2008 1   Cancelled plans to attend Tel Aviv film festival 
Naomi Klein US January 2009     Endorses boycott & joins
John Greyson Canada March 2009 1   Boycotts Tel Aviv Int'l LGBT Film Festival & joins BDS
The Yes Men US July 2009 1   Withdrew film from Jerusalem Film Festival & joined BDS
500 Academics & Cultural workers US December 2009 1   Call for boycott
Carlos Santana US/Mexico February 2010 1    
500 Montreal artists February 2010   1 Endorse BDS
100 Norwegian artists Norway 2010   1 Endorse BDS
Gil Scott Heron US April 2010 1    
Elvis Costello UK May 2010 1   "Then there are occasions when merely having your name
 added to a concert schedule may be interpreted as a political act that
resonates more than anything that might be sung and it may be assumed
that one has no mind for the suffering of the innocent."
Pixies US June 2010 1    
Klaxons UK June 2010 1    
Gorillaz Sound System UK June 2010 1    
Devendra Banhart US,7340,L-3905372,00.html June 2010 1   "Due to pressure and political considerations."
Meg Ryan & Dustin Hoffman US July 2010 1   Declined to attend Jerusalem Film Festival post Flotilla murders
Leftfield UK July 2010 1    
Over 200 Irish artists Ireland August 2010   1 Will not perform in apartheid Israel
Robert Del Naja Massive Attack UK September 2010   1 Endorsed BDS: "It's a system that's been applied to many countries. It's a good thing
to aim for because it applies the continual pressure that's needed."
Sondheim, Moore, 150 theatre & film professionals US September 2010     Endorsed settlement boycott
Mike Leigh, filmmaker UK October 2010   1 Endorsed boycott
Tindersticks UK November 2010 1   "t is difficult to defy a rapidly growing movement with whose aims we agree, even if we are not wholly convinced by their methods."
Coldplay UK January 2011     Endorsed Freedom for Palestine
Vanessa Paradis France  January 2011 1    
Dulce Pontes Portugal January 2011 1    
Faithless UK Feb-11   1 “While human beings are being wilfully denied not just their rights but their needs for their children and grandparents and themselves, I feel deeply that I should not be sending even tacit signals that this is either normal okay. Its neither and I cannot support it." Maxi Jazz
Thomas Quasthoff Germany February 2011 1    
Pete Seeger US February 2011     Endorsed BDS, regretted Arava fundraiser
Roger Waters UK Mar-11   1 Endorses BDS
Ladysmith Black Mambazo South Africa Apr-11   1 "Ladysmith Black Mambazo distances itself from the misinformation being spread by Israeli advertisers that we will be performing in Tel Aviv."
August Burns Red US May 2011   1  
Marc Almond UK May 2011 1    
August Burns Red US May-11 1    
Andy McKee US May 2011 1   Cited security concerns
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar US June 2011 1   Cancelled attendance at the Jerusalem Film Festival due to concerns arising "after the Nakba Day violence"
Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo school of Medicine US June 2011   1 Decided to check out the situation for himself first
Tuba Skinny US Aug-11 1    
Eddie Palmieri Puerto Rico,7340,L-4109716,00.html August 2011   1 Cancelled appearance at Red Sea Jazz Festival
Jason Moran US,7340,L-4109716,00.html August 2011   1 Cancelled appearance at Red Sea Jazz Festival
Natacha Atlas Belgium September 2011   1 Refused to play for apartheid
Denise Jannah Dutch-Suriname September 2011     Played but then endorsed BDS
Yardbirds UK October 2011 1    
Hosam Hayek Palestine October 2011   1 Cancelled appearance at Jerusalem Oud Festival "for conscientious and political reasons"
Martha Frintzila Greece October 2011   1 Cancelled appearance at Jerusalem Oud Festival
John Michael McDonagh              Director, The Guard Ireland October 2011 1   Declined to attend the Haifa International Film Festival "due to the conflict"
Zdob siZdub Moldova November 2011 1    
Mireille Mathieu France November 2011 1 "Postponed"  
South African Artists Against Apartheid South Africa Nov-11   1 "We respond to the call for international solidarity and undertake not to avail any invitation to perform or exhibit in Israel."
MF Doom UK November 2011 1    
Oumou Sangaré Mali December 2011 1    
Joe Lynn Turner US December 2011 1    
Joker (Dubstep) UK December 2011 1    
Cassandra Wilson US February 2012   1 "As a human rights activist I identify with the cultural boycott of Israel."
Cat Power - Chan Marshall US February 2012   1 Cancelled because of "such unrest between Israel and Palestine I can't play"
Dervish Ireland May 2012     Cancelled due to BDS campaign, specifically in Ireland
Zakir Hussain India June 2012 1    
Lenny Kravitz US Aug-12 1   Cancelled due to "prior commitments"
The Cardigans Sweden Aug-12 1   Cancel Tel Aviv performance
Peter Brook  theater director  UK Sep-12 1   Cancels participation in  Israeli festival after Palestinian, Israeli and international BDS appeals
Mashrou’ Leila Lebanon Sep-12     Cancels on Red Hot Chili Peppers after latter refuses to heed calls to cancel Israel gig
Baba Zula    alternative band Turkey Sep-12 1   Canceled  planned concert in Israel after BDS appeals
Palestinian MC Boikutt, Syrian singer Lena Chamamyan, Lebanese MC Malikah, Palestinian artist Marwan Abado and Palestinian DJ Sotusura International  Oct-12 1   Pull out of Salam.Orient cultural festival in Austria due to Israeli embassy sponsorship
Rebel Diaz, The Narcicyst,  Narcenio Hall, and Cairo-based art collective Mosireen  International Oct-12 1 1 Canel gigs at Creative Time Summit, NY over Israeli involvement
Ross Daly Ireland/Greece Nov-12 1    
Roger Waters UK Nov-12     Reiterates support for BDS at the UN
Stevie Wonder US Nov-12 1   Pulls ou of Israeli army fundraiser in LA after BDS appeals
Pops Mohamed South Africa Nov-12 1   Boycotts Cape Town festival over Israel's sponsorship
10 young harpists International Nov-12 1   Boycott Israeli harp contest
Carl Craig US Nov-12 1    
Pops Mohamed South Africa Nov-12 1   Boycotts Cape Town festival over Israel's sponsorship
10 young harpists International Nov-12 1   Boycott Israeli harp contest
Carl Craig US Nov-12 1    
Andreas Oberg Guitarist Sweden Dec-12 1   Swedish guitarist, cancels gig in Tel Aviv, heeding BDS activists’ appeals
Portico Quartet  UK Dec-12 1 1 Join BDS


Posted on 09-09-2012

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