Singer Cassandra Wilson cancels Israel show: “I identify with the cultural boycott of Israel” 22Feb12 February 22, 2012
The Electronic IntifadaÂ -Â 21 February 2012
US jazz vocalist Cassandra Wilson has canceled her gig this weekend at the Womenâs Festival in Holon, following appeals by boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) activists encouraging her to respect the Palestinian call for boycott. She took a public political stand just before she was due to board a plane to Tel Aviv.Â
Israeli daily Ynet reported (in Hebrew, translated) that Wilson announced, âas a human rights activist, I identify with the cultural boycott of Israel.âÂ The report also stated that concert promoters are considering legal action against her.Â
Cassandra Wilson joins a lengthening list of international scholars, artists and performers who have refused to appear in Israel due to the governmentâs apartheid policies against Palestinians.