Several artists pulled out of a popular Berlin music festival because the Israeli Embassy in Germany provided a financial contribution.
The three-day Berlin Pop-Kultur festival, which runs through Friday, accepted 500 euros, or nearly £467 ($600), from the Israeli diplomatic mission.
Israeli artists are among the 70 acts scheduled to perform at the festival.
Four artists pulled out last week, identified as Mohammad Abu Hajar of Syria’s Mazzaj Rap Band; Egypt’s Islam Chipsy; Syrian DJ Hello Psychaleppo; Tunisian singer-songwriter Emel Mathlouthi and British experimental dance music collaboration Iklan ft. Law Holt.
You can read some of their statements posted on Twitter below:
— Emel Mathlouthi (@MathlouthiEmel) August 23, 2017
Against ignorance – final statement https://t.co/t54kczLXrL
— Mohammad Abu Hajar (@Mazzaj_Rap) August 23, 2017
Please read the Iklan & Law Holt statement on why we will no longer be performing at Pop Kultur in Berlin next weekhttps://t.co/SNdiD4ejcf
— Law Holt (@LAWHOLT) August 17, 2017
The latest band to announce it was quitting the festival — on Wednesday, its first day — was the Scottish hip hop and rap group Young Fathers.
In a statement on Twitter, the group called its move “a tiny act on our behalf in the grand scale of things but one we still believe is worth it.”
Young Fathers noted the Israeli government’s logo on the list of festival partners and the group’s solidarity with the Palestinian people.
American musician Thurston Moore, a former member of Sonic Youth, called on the festival to cancel the Israeli Embassy sponsorship “in solidarity with [the] Palestinian call for cultural boycott.”
Other artists who pulled out of the festival over the embassy sponsorship include the Finnish black metal band Oranssi Pazuzu and the British musician Annie Goh.