Former Mumford & Sons guitarist criticizes BDS in new op-ed

Marshall called BDS the "villains in this tale" for the band Big Thief canceling their concert in Israel.

 Mumford & Sons banjoist Winston Marshall (L) and bassist Ted Dwane perform during the iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, US September 21, 2019. (photo credit: REUTERS/STEVE MARCUS)
Mumford & Sons banjoist Winston Marshall (L) and bassist Ted Dwane perform during the iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, US September 21, 2019.
(photo credit: REUTERS/STEVE MARCUS)

Winston Marshall, a former guitarist for the British rock band Mumford & Sons, criticized BDS in an op-ed that was published on Friday.

The article itself is a response to American indie rock band Big Thief canceling its July shows in Tel Aviv after giving into BDS pressure. The band's bass player, Max Oleartchik, is the son of an Israeli musician.

Writing in The Jewish Chronicle, Marshall called BDS the "villains in this tale." He backs his statement by citing that the organization had stepped in the band's way from performing in a concert whose profits "would go to medical and humanitarian aid to Palestinian children."

"The real losers from this latest BDS victory are the ever-suffering Palestinians."

Winston Marshall

"Sorry, poor Palestinians, no help or money for you, it would be against your interests. Silly you for thinking that music could heal," Marshall wrote, saying that this is "the truth about BDS" and that they're "not interested in conflict-resolution." He claims that the organization's priority, citing the cancellation of the concert, is not to uplift Palestinians but to "deny Israel's right to exist" in their "statement of intent."

Background

Three years ago, Vulture magazine asked the guitarist if he was Jewish, to which he replied "ish." In addition to guitar, Marshall also played banjo for the band and on their album Delta in 2018.

 Banjo player Winston Marshall plays with his band Mumford and Sons on the main stage during the 2nd day of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, California April 16, 2011. (credit: REUTERS/MIKE BLAKE) Banjo player Winston Marshall plays with his band Mumford and Sons on the main stage during the 2nd day of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, California April 16, 2011. (credit: REUTERS/MIKE BLAKE)

Another artist also derided BDS recently — Australian rapper Iggy Azalea. On her first visit to Israel, said that she had never heard of the organization. Azalea had come to Tel Aviv to perform at its annual Gay Pride Parade.

In Marshall's op-ed, he concludes his statements by saying that BDS will continue to have a negative influence on the arts and that "the real losers from this latest BDS victory are the ever-suffering Palestinians."