Portishead have joined a cultural boycott of Israel over the controversial ongoing conflict with Palestine.
Despite having not toured consistently since 2014, Portishead join a handful of musicians that have all refused to play live in Israel. The Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement are campaigning in various forms of non-violent measures against Israel until it complies with the precepts of international law. Huge names such as Roger Waters, Brian Eno, Peter Gabriel, Thurston Moore and actors Mark Ruffalo and John Cusack have joined the boycott.
Now, in a statement posted on Facebook, Portishead have joined the movement: “As long as the Israeli government commits war crimes against the Palestinian people we support their call for a boycott of Israel as a means of peaceful protest against the brutal occupation #artistsforpalestine,” they wrote.
Patti Smith, the Libertines and Thurston Moore are the leading names have also announced plans to perform the ‘Hoping for Palestine’ charity show taking place in London.
The benefit show for children’s charity the HOPING Foundation, which will hosted by comedian John Bishop, takes place at the Roundhouse and will also include the likes of Loyle Carner, poet Eric Cantona and comedian Frankie Boyle.
“HOPING stands for Hope and Optimism for Palestinians in the Next Generation,” the event description reads. “It is a charitable foundation that provides grants to organisations working with Palestinian refugee children living in refugee camps in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, the West Bank and Gaza. The concert is our way to shine a light on the remarkable young Palestinians that HOPING is proud to support.”
Special benefit concert 'Hoping for Palestine' comes here 4 June. Featuring @libertines, @LoyleCarner, Patti Smith, @frankieboyle, Thurston Moore and more. On sale tomorrow 12pm > https://t.co/FPSUAXcfQ5 pic.twitter.com/rlmjbUP6NJ
— Roundhouse (@RoundhouseLDN) May 14, 2018