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Growing number of hip-hop artists cancel gigs in Israel: report

US hip-hop artist Snoop Dogg performs live [Kmeron/Flickr]

The number of North American hip-hop artists cancelling performances in Israel is on the rise, according to a report by Israeli news site Walla, with the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign a key factor behind the phenomenon.

The article points to the growing connections between Black Lives Matter (BLM) activists and Palestine solidarity activists, citing the BLM platform published in August 2016, which slammed Israel as an apartheid state and endorsed BDS.

The Israeli report also referred to the influence of past political cancellations by Snoop Dogg and Lauryn Hill.

According to the article, US rapper Future cancelled a scheduled gig in Israel thanks to pressure by BLM and BDS activists behind the scenes, although the artist did not himself cite political reasons.

The report in Walla also cited non-boycott-related factors, such as high ticket prices and unrealistic ticket sales targets by concert promoters.

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  • DEADP00L

    Not surprised at all. To be a Palestinian is to experience the indignity and inhumanity that every man and woman of color and indigenous people has suffered under tyrannical and colonial rule. Africans, African Americans, First Nations peoples and POC in general ALL know that their bonds cannot be undone so long as anyone is left in chains. Palestinians represent far more than just a link in a chain, they are going up against super powers with nothing but what’s on their backs. They are the brothers and sisters of the struggle for equality, justice and freedom. South Africans themselves for generations have stood beside Palestinians because it is not just a shared struggle, it is a cry from the ancestors of all those who were oppressed and denied their right to exist, to be free and equal and left alone to rule themselves without masters and jailers or in modern terms: Military rule.

    To be black is a struggle in of itself, just to breathe, yet they rise to this challenge because people of the black community feel and hear the calling, the songs and the struggle of Palestinians. They will never ignore such a plea. It is a plea they themselves cry out and Palestinians in turn use their own voices to amplify those cries. It is a bond born out of struggle and suffering of generations.

    • KOLIN Thumbadoo

      This article is an eloquent clarion call to all POC and progressive allies to redouble our solidarity with the Palestinian people against Zionist Isreals racism, oppression, land theft and occupation

  • Alex Meltser

    Does Israel really need these dumb black apes? it has nothing to do with culture or art.