Israel will have one less cat roaming its streets next week. Indie rocker Cat Power Thursday called off a planned show in Tel Aviv slated for February 12, citing “confusion in her soul.”
The cancellation is the latest in a series by artists who have joined an artistic boycott of Israel, even after contracting to play a show here, due to political pressure stemming from the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
“DUE TO MUCH CONFUSION IN MY SOUL,PLAYİNG FOR MY İSRAELİ FANS W/SUCH UNREST BETWEEN İSRAEL&PALESTİNE I CAN’T PLAY,AS I FEEL SICK IN MY SPIRIT XX,” the American singer, whose real name is Chan Marshall, posted on Facebook on Thursday.
A few hours earlier, she posted on Facebook that she was trying to find a a way to play a show in Ramallah and tweeted that “MUSIC IS HEALING AND IT IS NOT HUMANE IF ALL CANNOT HAVE THE CHOICE, THE RIGHT, TO ATTEND.”
According to the Green left website, artists who join the Boycott, Divest, Sanctions movement against Israel are discouraged from trying to play a show in Palestinian territory as a balancing act.
Earlier this week, the BDS movement sent an open letter to Marshall, lobbying her not to play in Israel.
“Many artists have come to perform here with the good will and intention to use their art as a means of changing Israeli public opinion and spreading the message of peace. However, this has been far from successful,” the letter read.
The Ackhbar Ha’ir entertainment portal reported in early February that MK Ronit Tirosh (Kadima) was trying to push a bill through Knesset that would make artists “think twice” before canceling a show here, via a public diplomacy campaign.
“Right now there’s no balance between the Israeli side and the pressures the artists are susceptible to, and the artists, who want to be admired, need to recognize the scope of the damage they cause to their fans in the country, so maybe after they do, they’ll think twice about canceling.”