16 March 2011:
(It is Hell in Israel for Palestinians in Gaza and the Occupied West Bank)
A Facebook campaign has been launched: Echo and the Bunnymen : Don’t Play Apartheid Israel asking the band to refrain from playing at the Tel Aviv Reading 3 venue, a small hall where the audience is often packed in with standing only. The Reading 3 venue allows foreign bands to fly conveniently into Tel Aviv, stay at a swanky chic hotel, play, then leave.
This routine makes certain that Echo and the Bunnymen do not have to be shocked by seeing the apartheid wall, the Palestinian people under occupation, or the checkpoints that Israel has constructed to ensure that it’s Jewish residents live with the strong sensation of imagining they are victims where “…the world is against me, I must protect myself…”
Echo and the Bunnymen are scheduled to perform on April 26, 2011 at the Reading 3 club in Tel Aviv. We are asking Echo and the Bunnymen to support the Palestian call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions of Israel until it abides by international law, stops its brutal occupation of the Palestinian people and recognises their right to return. We’d like them to follow the principled lead of other artists such as Roger Waters, Pete Seeger, Massive Attack, The Klaxons and Gorillaz Sound System, Carlos Santana, Elvis Costello, Devendra Banhart, Faithless, Gil Scott-Heron, The Pixies, Snoop Dogg (Snoop was quoted as telling Palestinian-American hip hop producer Fredwreck “Why they building a wall around y’alls people’s shit. That’s fucked up, cuz.’)