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Australian Rock Star Nick Cave to Boycotters: ‘I Love Israel’

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JNS.org – Australian rock star Nick Cave is facing backlash from BDS supporters following a performance in Tel Aviv, where he accused the anti-Israel movement of trying to bully and censor him.

In a statement on Tuesday, former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters, a leader of the boycott of Israel by performing artists, said he “read Nick Cave’s press conference statements with a mixture of sorrow, rage and disbelief.”

“What if it was your demolished home? Your invaded country? Your villages razed to the ground to build stadiums for the invaders to promote pop concerts on?” Waters said. “Nick thinks this is about censorship of his music? What? Nick, with all due respect, your music is irrelevant to this issue, so is mine, so is Brian Eno’s, so is Beethoven’s….This isn’t about music, it’s about human rights.”

During a press conference prior to his performance on Sunday in Tel Aviv, Cave said he had faced pressure from the BDS movement to cancel his shows in Israel, and that he had been approached by record producer Brian Eno to sign a boycott list. But Cave said he wanted to take a “principled stand against anyone who wants to censor and silence musicians.”

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“On a very intuitive level I did not want to sign that [boycott], there was something that stunk to me about that list,” Cave said.

“So at the end of the day, there are two reasons why I’m here. One is that I love Israel and I love Israeli people, and two is to make a principled stand against anyone who wants to censor and silence musicians. So really, you could say in a way that the BDS made me play Israel,” he said.

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  • Larinthian

    To be honest, I never herd of Nick Cave. But, I applaud his courage and morality in standing against anti Semitism. I would also like to point out there has been several other musical artists like Bon Jovi, Guns N Roses, Neil Young, the Rolling Stones, and others who have stood against close minded hatred and performed in Israel. In the case of the Rolling Stones, they even rescheduled the start time of their concert until after Shabbat was over. You would think if you were Roger Waters, wait a minute how come the majority of my musical counterparts aren’t participating in my hate campaign and chose to perform in Israel or that one of my own bandmates David Gilmour publicly commented that he can’t stand to be in the same room with me. Maybe there is something wrong with me. What Waters conveniently left out in his comment about destroying peoples homes is that these were terrorists who murdered innocent Israelis.