AGerman town has withdrawn an invitation to British musician Brian Eno to perform at a festival. Eno was slated to appear at the Electricity Conference in Düsseldorf next month but last week signed a letter urging a boycott of the Eurovision Song Contest that will be held next year in Israel.
Festival organizer Rüdiger Esch told the Westdeutsche Zeitung it “was the only right decision” to disinvite Eno because “we don’t want to invite anyone who supports activities against the State of Israel, even if you cannot agree with the current settlement policy.”
He had been due to open an exhibit of his video paintings and lead a workshop at a local college, the newspaper reported. It added that “a large sponsor of the festival” terminated its support because of Eno’s pro-BDS activity.
In 2017Eno tried pressuring Australian singer Nick Cave into not performing in Israel
Cave rejected Eno’s demand, saying: “A few years ago, Brian Eno sent me a letter and asked me to sign it to shut out Israel, and I sent a letter back that said I wouldn’t sign. I understood that I wouldn’t sign but I also wouldn’t perform in Israel — and that seemed like I was acting scared. So I called my people and asked that we perform in Israel.”
“It suddenly became very important to make a stand, to me, against those people who are trying to shut down musicians, to bully musicians, to censor musicians and to silence musicians.”