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Of Montreal become latest act to withdraw from Israel's Meteor Festival


Of Montreal have pulled out of their planned performance at the Meteor Festival in Israel, scheduled to take place September 6-8.

Following over a dozen other artists, including headliner Lana Del Rey, Of Montreal announced their decision on Facebook last night, saying: “After deep consideration, we have decided to cancel our appearance at the Meteor festival. After exhausting all of the different possible ways of justifying playing an Israeli party festival, while the political and military leaders of the country continue their murderous and brutal policies against the Palestinian people, we came to the realization that there is no actual appropriate move other than to cancel the show.”

Following a petition signed by nearly 15,000 people, fans and activists celebrated of Montreal’s decision. PACBI, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, tweeted, “We thank US band Of Montreal for cancelling their show at Meteor festival, refusing to ‘ignore the call to stand up in support of an oppressed group of humans.’”

In recent years, a chorus of entertainers and athletes, such as Lorde, Natalie Portman, and NFL player Michael Bennett, have boycotted trips, events and award shows in Israel, citing their objections to Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.