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Indie band Of Montreal joins Lana Del Rey, other acts in pulling out of music festival in Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The American indie pop band Of Montreal from Athens, GA ,is the latest artist or group to cancel its participation in the three-day Meteor Festival in Israel.

“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,” the band said in a statement.

The band’s decision comes days after headliner Lana Del Rey canceled her participation, saying it was because she was unable to arrange a second performance for her Palestinian fans.

A day after Del Rey canceled, the American electronic musician Shlohmo also announced on Twitter that he would not perform. He had decided initially that he would perform and donate his earnings to the people of Gaza.

In all, out of the more than 125 announced acts about 18 artists and groups have pulled out of the Meteor Festival in recent weeks, after coming under pressure from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.

Following Del Rey’s cancellation, Pink Floyd frontman

Roger Waters, who supports the BDS movement and contacted Del Rey directly to drop her participation, turned his public attention to American jazz saxophonist Kamasi Washington, despite contacting Washington and his publicist privately last month.

“Given that Lana Del Rey has now cancelled, you are the only notable standout. Please don’t play the Meteor Festival in Tel Aviv. To do so would be a betrayal of everyone who ever stood up for civil or human rights anywhere,” Waters wrote in a post on Facebook.

Among the other artists that have canceled are the South African duo Black Motion, American DJ Volvox, British DJ Leon Vynehall, Turkish singer Selda, Nazareth electronic duo Zenobia and Australian DJ Mall Grab.

Several other artists who were asked to perform cited BDS in declining the invitation, according to reports.

On its website, the festival organizers issued a statement responding to the BDS protest, saying it is “100 percent politics free,” receiving no money from the government or any political entity.

“No one will make us hate, that includes the BDS, which insanely politicized our event. no one,” the statement reads. “Music heals, politics kills.

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