Metalwashing Israel? The Guns Yes, the Roses … No

  • UPDATE from 26 Feb: Two more metal bands schedule concerts in Tel Aviv, confirming the metalwashing trend. Symphony X – USA on 6 June and Septic Flesh – Greece on 22 June.  

    22 Feb, 2012

    The State of Israel’s official twitter channel *, maintained by the Foreign Ministry’s Digital Diplomacy Team has already claimed Gun N’ Roses as their trophy in support of metalwashing Israel, and tickets have not yet gone up for sale.  

    The trend to attract metal bands to play in Israel is not new.  I’m going to take some credit for coining this little-known term. The concept was gleaned from the “pinkwashing” term, which has gone mainstream.  Similar to “pinkwashing,”  “metalwashing” is a way for Israel to gain acceptance through reaching out to metal fans.  The number of heavy metal bands that have taken a liking to Israel and shut their eyes to Israel’s war crimes, human rights abuses, and violation of international law is growing.  Apartheid Israel appears to have strong support from some metal bands.  The question is, why?  (I’ll leave you to ponder that)  
    The growing BDS movement continues to ask metal bands to cancel, and the Israeli-led co-resistance movement was prompted to write a letter entitled “A letter to all metal bands,” asking them to refrain from playing in the apartheid state.  Sixteen Israelis signed the letter.  The only metal band so far to cancel has been August Burns Red.  (Message me if this needs updating)
    Here’s a partial list of bands whom have screamed, distorted their amps, and wore a lot of black for the stages of Tel Aviv.  
    Napalm Death, Metallica, Children of Bodom, Arch Enemy, Lamb of God, Linkin Park, and Ozzy Osbourne.
    Looking ahead, Guns N’ Roses, Scorpions, Opeth and Dark Tranquility plan to play this year and Lamb of God plans to return.  
     The best place to learn about the cultural boycott is at
    This photo was published in the Israeli media – every international band breaching the boycott is understood by Israelis as making a political statement in support of Israel and disregard to the REPRESSION of the Palestinians. (photo credit to  )

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