STATEMENT ON BIG THIEF: Instead of using their voices as artists to bring people together and amplify the many coexistence organizations working to bring Palestinians and Israelis together through music, arts, and culture on the ground, all Big Thief has done is created greater animosity and caused more divisiveness.
They have given in to the demands of a boycott movement that openly rejects coexistence and seeks the destruction of Israel, undermining principles of engagement, tolerance, and dialogue.
As Nick Cave stated: “The cultural boycott of Israel is cowardly and shameful. Israel is a real, vibrant, functioning democracy - yes, with Arab members of parliament - and so engaging with Israelis, who vote, may be more helpful than scaring off artists or shutting down means of engagement.”
Ultimately, the boycott is an affront to Palestinian and Israeli moderates alike who are seeking to reach peace through compromise, exchange, and mutual recognition. Music in Israel brings people together of all backgrounds – Jews, Arabs, Bedouins, Black, White, Muslims, and Christian - and concerts in Israel play a small yet crucial role in hopefully achieving that peace.
Though we are disappointed by this decision, we are heartened by the many hundreds of artists, from Maroon 5, OneRepublic, and Maluma to the Black Eyed Peas, Justin Bieber, and Jennifer Lopez, who continue traveling to and performing in Israel every year, bringing with them a message of peace. ...