Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Napalm Death are Free to Cancel their gig in Israel


A facebook event was created asking the UK grindcore metal band Napalm Death to refrain from crossing the picket line, and cancel their concert in Israel.  Event details:
This heavy metal grindcore band once spoke against playing in South Africa, saying
“I’m not going to any places that are associated with that regime, I couldn’t live with myself. Naturally as anyone else sensible would do.” 

They are being asked to refrain from playing in Israel, which has policies that resemble, and even surpass, the apartheid policies South Africa once had.
Please tell them at http://www.facebook.com/of ficialnapalmdeath that you agree they should not cross the picket line. Tell them you want Freedom For Palestine. Freedom is a Human Right. Stand up for Palestine!
The Metal band the Scorpions were asked in 2010 to cancel their concert on October 2, 2010.  Their concert did nothing to promote justice for Palestine, in fact it created ground for the further "metal-washing" of Israel.  Heavy metal fans in Israel have stated, that music is separate from politics.  Their potential for joining in opposing Israeli occupation is great, as metalheads commonly love to fight for justice, freedom, and against war, Napalm Death have even been quoted as saying, in an interview in 2007:

When asked in an interview in 2007 about the band name ‘Napalm Death’ Barney Greenway said “we are anti war, and the Napalm is used to make munitions and bombs, you know.” 
And, regarding playing for the apartheid regime in South Africa, they said:
“I’m not going to any places that are associated with that regime, I couldn’t live with myself. Naturally as anyone else sensible would do.” 
Their cancellation of their June 17, 2011 concert at sublime would be appropriate, in keeping with the nature of Heavy Metal Music, and its tradition of upholding justice in the face of tyranny.  See the facebook event at : http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=191400674243875
UPDATE:  Napalm Death chose to play for apartheid Israel.  We hope that this campaign helped to raise much needed awareness about the plight of the Palestinian people.