June 6, 2010
Boycott! praises The Pixies for their decision to cancel their concert in Tel-Aviv, Israel, following Israel's brutal raid on the recent Freedom Flotilla and its massacre on the Mavi Marmara ship. This attack and its maintaining of the life-costing and illegal siege on Gaza has demonstrated once more what we've stated in our appeal to the Pixies three months ago - that an attitude of “business as usual” to Israel is indeed lethal.
In our letter we asked The Pixies, given the ongoing siege on Gaza, how could they not care for it these days. It may be that if it wasn't for the brave activists of the Freedom Flotilla, The Pixies would not have heeded our call. Nevertheless, we are moved by The Pixies decision not to entertain apartheid Israel in spite of the gross Israeli attempts to manipulate and twist the international perception of the Israeli crimes and violations of human rights.
With international mobilizations to break the siege on Gaza intensifying, we urge other artists to answer PACBI's call¹ and cancel their concerts as well: Elton John, Leftfield, Rod Stewart, LCD Soundsystem and Public Image Ltd. – it's time to end Israel's impunity!
Boycott! Supporting the Palestinian BDS Call from within