While freedom of expression and a spirit of equality, togetherness at the heart of trance music, Israel is anything but to Palestinians whose daily lives are subject to an apartheid system that denies them the basic rights and freedoms to live on their lands, to mobility, to education among other denied rights. Trance's deep roots in Israel have only helped to normalize Israel's image among trance artists and broader international community as a country that is progressive, democratic and is ordinary, if not peaceful.
As you know, music cannot be isolated from politics. A visit to Israel, particularly now, is viewed by Israel, and internationally, as implicit support for Israeli policies and indifference to the victims of Israeli crimes. A performance in Israel, regardless of intentions, helps Israel cover up its violations of international law, and international humanitarian law.
Several bands and artists have responded to the Palestinian Civil Society 2005 Call for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel as a reaction to its occupation, apartheid and denial of Palestinian refugees their fundamental right to return to their homes, as stipulated in UN resolution 194. Hardwell should follow in the steps of the Pixies, Gorillaz Sound System, Elvis Costello, Gil Scott-Heron, Carlos Santana, Bono/U2, Devandra Banhart, among others, who have refrained from performing in Israel. A performance in Israel will be seen as a form of badly needed support for its system of repression in the face of increasing international isolation.
Trance Addicts Against Israeli Apartheid: https://www.facebook.com/Tranceapartheid/posts/338585889581129?ref=notif¬if_t=like#!/Tranceapartheid
Don't Play Apartheid Israel: https://www.facebook.com/dontplayapartheidisrael/info
BDS Amsterdam: https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/bds.amsterdam?fref=ts
Youth For Palestine - Netherlands: https://www.facebook.com/messages/336455309710864#!/messages/YFPNL
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