by Charlie Crooijmans
For everyone who knows how much effort goes into organizing a festival, the pledge of PACBI to boycott the 26th Red Sea Jazz Festival in Eilat must be surreal. The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel believes that this festival is designed to whitewash the crimes of Israeli apartheid. How do fans and artists respond to this request?
Last week the news came out that the Indian master of tabla Zakir Hussain did make the decision not to perform in Israel. He cancelled the planned performances after reading a letter from INCACBI (The Indian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel) signed by 90 Indian artists (INCACBI). Here you can read what is in the letter and how other artists look at the matter.