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Advocacy Group: Letter Penned by BDS Supporters Calling on Radiohead to Cancel Israel Concert Full of ‘Inaccurate Claims’ and ‘False Accusations’

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A July 2012 Radiohead concert in Taipei. Photo: kudumomo via Wikimedia Commons.

The open letter recently penned by BDS supporters — including Roger Waters and Desmond Tutu — that called on British rock band Radiohead to cancel its upcoming concert in Israel is full of “inaccurate accusations” and “false claims,” an entertainment industry advocacy group said on Tuesday.

In a statement published on its website, Creative Community for Peace (CCFP) said, “Trying to appeal to artists natural empathy for the downtrodden, the boycott movement falsely characterizes the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement as a movement seeking peace and justice, and drives the prospect of peace further away.”

“The cultural boycott is built on the premise that there can be no dialogue or communication between Israel and the rest of the world,” CCFP noted. “That Israel should be ostracized, demonized and bears sole responsibility for the problems of the region. To support this, Israel is branded as an apartheid state when in fact it is the only democracy in the region where all its citizens are subject to the same laws and are in fact free.”

“While we may have vastly different opinions on the supremely complicated Israeli-Palestinian conflict, we can all agree that the arts — through their ability to create dialogue — can and should be an important part of the solution,” CCFP went on to say.

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On its Facebook page, CCFP said it had received confirmation Radiohead intends to go ahead with its July 19th performance in Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park.

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