June 8, 2010, - 3:44 pm
Call it “cultural terrorism,” as Israeli concert promoter Shuki Weiss aptly does. ‘Cuz that’s what it is.
Out . . .
Pixies & Gorillaz Cancel Israeli Concerts
In . . .
Rihanna Takes a Dip After Her Tel Aviv Concert
Several lame British alternative groups have canceled their upcoming participation in an Israeli music festival over Israeli soldiers defending themselves from the barbarians on the HAMAS Gaza flotilla. The Pixies, the Gorillaz, and the Klaxons (none of whose music I would recognize or care to) canceled. They join dhimmi cowards Elvis Costello and Santana in boycotting Israel. Although they didn’t specifically attack Israel, they made their feelings known through this statement from The Pixies:
“We’d like to extend our deepest apologies to the fans, but events beyond all our control have conspired against us,” the group [the Pixies] said in a statement. The bands Gorillaz and the Klaxons have also withdrawn from the festival after the raid by Israeli commandos on a Gaza-bound flotilla. . . . After the announcement of the Pixies’ cancellation, Shuki Weiss, the promoter of the Pic.Nic festival, said in a statement, “I am full of both sorrow and pain in light of the fact that our repeated attempts to present quality acts and festivals in Israel have increasingly been falling victim to what I can only describe as a form of cultural terrorism which is targeting Israel and the arts worldwide.”
I wonder if any of these hipster frauds would just sit around and take it, if they were stabbed with knives and hit with iron pipes. Somehow, I doubt it.
But there are some acts who are courageous and stand with what’s right and just.
Upcoming concert appearances in Tel Aviv from the likes of Elton John, Jethro Tull, DJ Shadow and Mike Patton are still scheduled to go on as planned.
Also, Rihanna performed in Israel, just prior to the HAMAS Gaza flotilla’s provocation (see the photo, above).
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Tags: cultural terrorism, Flotilla, Gaza, Gorillaz, Israel, Klaxons, Pixies, Rihanna, Shuki Weiss