After receiving pressure from their fans and BDS activists, particularly online, Lebanese group Mashrou3 Leila has announced that they will no longer be opening for the Red Hot Chili Peppers in Beirut on September 6.
we will not be opening for the red hot chili peppers on september 6 in beirut
— mashrou' leila (@mashrou3leila) September 4, 2012
The Red Hot Chili Peppers are scheduled to perform in Israel on September 10 after performing in Lebanon. RHCP have been asked and petitioned by fans and activists, including Israelis, to respect the BDS call and to cancel the Tel Aviv concert.
If you know me or follow me on Twitter, you'll know that Mashrou3 Leila is among one of my most favourite bands. I gush about them a lot. I was disappointed to know that they accepted opening for RHCP, who have not responded to the call, in the first place.
Mashrou3 Leila has always claimed to support the Arab revolutions - revolutions motivated by the demand for freedom - but Palestine seemed to be the exception. I'm glad that they have corrected their stance and won't succumb to normalising Israeli apartheid. Boycotts, divestments and sanctions are a powerful way to challenge Israeli treatment of Palestinians. Tel Aviv is not the music or cultural hub it tries to project itself as. It is the capital of an apartheid state on stolen Palestine.
When Palestinians are finally liberated from this military occupation and are equals, I hope Palestinians and Israelis can finally enjoy a good concert together.