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Do You Think the Cultural BDS Movement Is Failing? Think Again

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Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke. Photo: Yasuko Otani via Wikimedia Commons.

Do you think that the cultural boycott campaign against Israel is a colossal failure?

Think again.

Scotland’s Sunday Herald recently published an open letter signed by artists, media workers and academics that called for a boycott against Israeli artists at Edinburgh’s “Fringe Festival,” the largest performing arts festival in the world.

This is the third such letter by artists in twice as many weeks.

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Previously, more than 50 artists called for Radiohead to cancel its concert in Israel, and dozens of high-profile members of the theater community asked Lincoln Center to scrap the performance of an anti-war Israeli play.

While the cancellations of scheduled concerts in Israel due to boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) pressure peak and valley, pressure on international venues to rescind invitations to Israeli artists by other artists is growing.

Regardless of whether a boycott campaign results in a cancellation, Israel’s reputation is damaged by the mere efforts alone — which slander Israel in the international media and other forums.

The disturbing drumbeat of international artists urging the boycott of Israeli artists should concern us all.

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