Over 600 artists worldwide sign 'Musicians For Palestine' letter in support of Palestinian rights

Ahram Online , Friday 28 May 2021

Among the signatories are American rock band Rage Against the Machine, British musician Roger Waters (Pink Floyd), among many other renowned names

Musicians for Palestine
Roger Waters, Rage Against the Machine (Photos: Reuters); Dina El Wedidi, Wegz, Maurice Louca, Youssra El Hawary (Photos: Ahram)

"In solidarity and empathy; as musicians, we cannot be silent," begins the letter signed by over 600 musicians worldwide, expressing their support for Palestinian people and their rights.

The international signatories include names such as a rock band Rage Against the Machine (USA), Julian Casablancas (USA), hip hop duo Run the Jewels (USA), hip hop band the Roots (USA), Serj Tankian (USA/Armenia), Patti Smith (USA) and Roger Waters (UK).

With the campaign hashtag #MusiciansForPalestine, the signatories denounce the recent Israeli attacks against Palestine, while demanding "justice, dignity and the right to self-determination for Palestinians as well as all those fighting colonial dispossession and violence across the planet," the letter reads.

The musicians also ask their peers to boycott performances in Israel- in a show of support for Palestine.

“We call for you to join us with your name in refusing to perform at Israel’s complicit cultural institutions and by standing firm in your support of Palestinian people and their human right to sovereignty and freedom. We believe this is crucial to one day live in a world without segregation and apartheid," the musicians express.

The letter also asks for governments "to stop funding all resources and technologies that back up the Israeli state and their war crimes."

Artists from across the world have signed the letter, including the Palestinian diaspora. Among the signatories are also Egyptian musicians such as Dina El-Wedidi, Wegz, Nadah El-Shazly, Maurice Louca, Youssra El-Hawary, among others.

The letter has been welcomed by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), a founding member of the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) National Committee, the largest coalition in Palestinian society.

“Thank you, #MusiciansforPalestine. Your meaningful solidarity reminds Palestinians that after the ceasefire, our struggle for liberation; freedom; justice and equality will not be forgotten. This week alone, thousands of artists have endorsed peaceful measures to hold Israel to account under international law, in support of Palestinian human rights. We salute the artists, cultural workers and arts institutions who recognise their ethical obligation to do no harm to our nonviolent struggle against Israel’s colonial rule, by ending links of complicity," reads the thank you note issued by PACBI.

The 11-day fighting has been deemed the most serious since 2014, as Israel struck Gaza with artillery and air strikes in response to rocket attacks on Israeli towns from the strip, which is controlled by Hamas.

At least 254 people were killed in Gaza with over 1,900 wounded, according to Palestinian health authorities, while the death toll in Israel stood at 13 before an Egypt-sponsored ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian factions went into effect last Friday.  

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