The Pains of Being Pure at Heart refrain playing apartheid Israel

20 Feb 2012

In a move in support of human rights and justice, the New York Indie band The Pains of Being Pure at Heart announced they will not play Israel.  Israel’s “Walla” press reports the cancellation was political.  [1]  

If you’ve not yet enjoyed their music, watch their video “Heart in Your Heartbreak”
The group was contacted by pro-justice activists.
Bandmembers Peggy Wang, Kip Berman, Kurt Feldman and Alex Naidus join other artists such as Roger Waters and Maxi Jaxx of Faithless who have chosen to respect and or advocate for the boycott. This year has already seen cancellations by afro-beat musicians the Tuneyards, blues rocker Cat Power aka Chan Marshall, as well as the highly respected French intellectual Jacques Ranciére, who cancelled his visit to Israel, in which he was scheduled to give public lectures in Tel Aviv university.[2]
The cultural boycott continues to grow among artists of conscience, as the PACBI [3] continues to gain support for its peaceful non-violent approach. The end of South African apartheid was fueled by a similar but tactically different movement led by some high profile musicians in the UK and elsewhere.
[2] Jacques Ranciére cancelled his visit to Israelhttp://thesip.org/2012/01/ranciere-cancellatio/
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