Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters and rock icon Patti Smith are among the hundreds of musicians who have signed an open letter accusing Israel of “ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian population.” The letter also demands that musicians cut ties with Israel by refusing to perform for the country’s cultural institutions.
“In solidarity and empathy as musicians, we cannot be silent,” the letter starts. “Today it is essential that we stand with Palestine. ”
The letter continues: “The Israeli government operates a settler-colonial project committed to the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian population. The legacies of system violence, racism, and dispossession shaped by colonialism must stop.”
A group called Musicians for Palestine is behind the letter, which has also garnered support from Questlove, Rage Against the Machine, Run the Jewels, the Strokes’ Julian Casablancas, and the Latin-American hip-hop group Cypress Hill.
So far, more than 600 music artists have signed the letter.