Roger Waters, Rage Against the Machine, Serj Tankian boycott Israel, show support for Palestine | The Daily Star
01:45 PM, June 01, 2021 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:49 PM, June 01, 2021

Roger Waters, Rage Against the Machine, Serj Tankian boycott Israel, show support for Palestine

Recently, Rage Against the Machine expressed their support for the Palestinian people in the ongoing conflict with Israel. Now they've joined with a large group of musicians drafting a letter sharing their solidarity with the people of Palestine and asking for public support and government action in order to hopefully help the Palestinians "live in a world without segregation and apartheid."

The open letter in question is credited to #MusiciansForPalestine and was signed not only by Rage Against the Machine, but also Serj Tankian, Pink Floyd's Roger Waters, The Strokes' Julian Casablancas, Run the Jewels, Cypress Hill, Patti Smith, Godspeed! You Black Emperor, Ozomatli, Propagandhi and a wealth of other musicians.

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The letter, while asking for justice, does come with an action as the 600 musicians documented in the signing are calling for a boycott from performing in Israel until the Palestinian people are "free."

Violence erupted in Gaza back in May after tensions started to rise over the previous month with an Israeli move to block some Palestinian gatherings at the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan. The already strained relationship between the two sides then became more fraught when an attempt to evict six Arab families from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah, East Jerusalem, led to more confrontations.

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