Days after Madonna announced she would open her world tour in Ramat Gan in May,
American indie singer/songwriter Cat Power has joined the list of artists,
including Elvis Costello and the Pixies, who have cancelled scheduled shows in
Israel owing to personal considerations over the treatment of
Power, one of the most respected indie rockers of the last
15 years, was scheduled to perform for the first time in Israel on Sunday night
at Reading 3 in Tel Aviv. However, on Thursday, the singer, whose real name is
Chan Marshall, posted a message on her Facebook account expressing a change of
“Due to much confusion in my soul, playing for my Israeli fans
w/such unrest between Israel and Palestine I can’t play, as I feel sick in my
spirit. XX,” she wrote.
She also tweeted: “Music is healing and it is not
humane if all cannot have the choice, the right, to attend,” apparently
referring to Palestinians who would not be able to travel to Tel Aviv to see the
show. The announcement came after Power had tweeted earlier in the week
asking her fans to “find a show in Ramallah… for the people of
Pro-Palestinian organizations had previously mounted a
campaign to convince Power to call off her Tel Aviv gig, much as they do for
virtually every performer who books a show in the country. There was a Facebook
page set up specifically to change her mind as well as an open letter to the
singer from the group Don’t Play Apartheid Israel (DPAI).
issued Friday by promoter ICP Concerts confirmed the cancellation.