March 10, 2006

Another brick in the wall?

From yesterday's Guardian, Roger Waters is refusing (at the time of writing) to call off a planned concert in Tel Aviv. He is being asked to cancel it by several Palestinian artists:
Groups such as the Palestinian Association for Contemporary Art and the League of Palestinian Artists have written to Waters expressing concern at his plans. Their letter said: "Palestinian as well as several international artists asked in shock: how can the artist whose name around the world was for many years associated with breaking walls of injustice be in any way complicit with the monstrosity of Israel's wall, declared illegal by the international court of justice?"
His response:
Yesterday, he said: "I have a lot of fans in Israel, many of whom are refuseniks. I would not rule out going to Israel because I disapprove of the foreign policy any more than I would refuse to play in the UK because I disapprove of Tony Blair's foreign policy."
A. This is isn't just about foreign policy. B. Who asked him to call off UK gigs?

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