[Talib Kweli said he cancelled his gig in Israel in solidarity with Palestinians who can not access to his show]
Jennifer G Andrade
American rapper Talib Kweli has cancelled his plans to perform in Israel after appeals by supporters of the Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel campaign (BDS).
“As much as I want to play Israel, I have decided not to in solidarity with Palestinians who will not have access to my show,” he tweeted on July 2.
He also wrote: “After days of discussions with many, I have decided to try and visit Israel and Palestine with those who fight to end the state of apartheid rather than use my art to force the issue on those who would rather not deal with it.”
Kweli continued to engage on Twitter with both critics and supporters of his decision. “The response on Twitter from BDS supporters were compassionate, measured, informed and respectful for the most part,” he wrote.
Kweli has previously referenced to the struggle in Palestine in his work. As he and rapper Yasin Bey (Mos Def) have given a lyrical shout out to Palestine during which they took a stand for solidarity with the struggle for justice and peace in Palestine.
This is not the first time Kweli has mentioned Palestinians in his raps, in ‘Gun Music’ Kweli raps ‘Israelis got guns, Palestinians got rocks.”