Japanese and international artists urge Boris to cancel Tel Aviv show

More than 50 artists have urged the experimental Japanese band Boris to cancel their scheduled December 22nd Tel Aviv concert.

In an open letter, the signatories, who include musicians Thurston Moore, Hisham Bharoocha and producers Hiro Kone and Olof Dreijer, say:

“Until Israel ends its policy to segregate and oppress the Palestinian
people, please don’t play in apartheid Tel Aviv. The Israeli government has an overt policy of exploiting performances by international artists, to cover up its military occupation and apartheid. Palestinian civil society has called on international artists to refuse to play in apartheid Israel. Please heed their call.”

One of the signatories, Tari Ito, a performance artist, wrote an additional message. “I can’t understand why a band who talks about rock and noise doesn’t ask questions about Israeli apartheid. For what purpose are they going there?”

Another signer, tzvasa wada, an assistant of Academy Award-winning costume designer Emi Wada, also contributed a message. “I hope Boris is a band who can heed to the call from the Palestinian people as well as they can produce and play great music.”

The full list of signatories is below. (artists are still invited to add their names by emailing bdsmovement.japan@gmail.com)

To Boris,

Until Israel ends its policy to segregate and oppress the Palestinian
people, please don’t play in apartheid Tel Aviv. The Israeli government has an overt policy of exploiting performances by international artists, to cover up its military occupation and apartheid. Palestinian civil society has called on international artists to refuse to play in apartheid Israel. Please heed their call.

Signature, (55 names at present, December 22, 2019)

Arisa Iwakawa (writer)
Asocial Terror Fabrication (band)
Bella Cuts (DJ, producer)
CCL (DJ, producer)
Cho Bak (musician)
Ciel (DJ, producer)
Cotgrave (band)
Daisuke Iguchi (artist)
Deformed Existence (band)
Desmond Traynor (Writer, Journalist & Musician)
Fumi Kubota (writer)
Hiro Kone (electronic musician, producer)
Hisham Bharoocha (musician)
Ignition Block M (band)
INAGAKI Saburo (artist, member of JAALA Artist Association in Japan)
kaltbruching acideath (band)
Kareem Samara (musician, composer)
kayin (shamisenista)
Kazuko Kondo (critic)
Kiyotaka Moriuchi (darbuka player)
KOBAYASHI Midori (Emeritus Professor of Kunitachi College of Music, Tokyo, Japan)
Kolin Kobayashi (artist, writer)
KONDO Ginga (writer)
Layla Yamamoto (artist)
Luz (DJ, co-founder of Room 4 Resistance)
makki (bassist)
mayumi (P-iPLE/guitarist)
M.A.Z.E. (band)
Misako Ichimura (artist)
Mizuko Yakuwa (artist and activist, Artists Against the Occupation)
Atsuko Nishiyama (translator, organizer of C.I.P. Books)
Ohal Grietzer (composer, mixed-media performer)
Olof Dreijer (producer)
Paula Temple (DJ and producer)
Power of Idear (band)
Rrose (electronic musician)
room (musician)
Saitoon (FORTITUDE)
Samir Abdallah (filmmaker)
Samir Eskanda (musician)
Shahd Abusalama (dancer)
SOW THREAT (band)
Taishi Nagasaka (musician)
Takayuki Fujimoto (Islamic Film Festival, President)
Tari Ito (performance artist)
Thurston Moore (musician)
tzvasa wada (wada emi’s assistant)
Unarm (band)
Via App (DJ, producer)
Violet (DJ, producer)
Yasuhiro Kono (Jazz pianist)
YATCH (singer-songwriter)
Yu Ishizuka (artist)
Yui Nagashima (painter)
Zaina Arekat (musician)