Shalom Life | November 19, 2014

Ten Influential Musicians Who've Said NO to the BDS Movement Against Israel

A look at some of the most talented international artists who've recently performed in the Holy Land despite international pressure to boycott

By: Caitlin Marceau

Published: November 8th, 2014 in News » Israel

Ten Influential Musicians Who've Said NO to the BDS Movement Against Israel

The boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel has been gaining momentum over the past few years, with many calling for a boycott of the country, whether cultural or academic. Actors, performers, and major musicians have all been pressured into avoiding Israel, with anti-Israel advocates like Roger Waters and Alice Walker going so far as sending open letters to artists insisting that they boycott the Jewish State. However, there are many artists out there who have said no to the BDS movement against Israel, refusing to succumb to such pressure, and arriving at Ben Gurion International to perform to often sold-out crowds consisting of very appreciative Israelis.

While there are obviously more than we could count, here are ten of the most influential musicians who've recently performed in Tel Aviv or Jerusalem, who've said NO to BDS.


Pet Shop Boys

Despite pressure from the British peoples, The Pet Shop Boys ignored demands to boycott Israel and performed on stage this past June. Although the group publicly announced that they didn’t agree with some of Israel’s policies and practices, they believed that the boycotting of the country was uncalled for.

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