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Over 600 artists, including Noname and Questlove, sign open letter in support of Palestinian rights

The #MusiciansForPalestine letter seeks “justice, dignity and the right to self-determination for the Palestinian people.”

May 27, 2021
Over 600 artists, including Noname and Questlove, sign open letter in support of Palestinian rights

600 musicians have signed the #MusiciansForPalestine letter, a document calling for an end to human rights abuses to Palestinians in the Occupied Territories and worldwide. Some of the artists who have added their names include Noname, Run The Jewels, Rage Against The Machine, Mustafa, Nicolás Jaar, Machel Montano, India Jordan, Marie Davidson, Patti Smith, and Black Thought and Questlove of The Roots.

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The letter, which you can read in full here, was published on Thursday morning in response to the Israeli government's assault on Gaza and the West Bank, a campaign that has killed over 245 Palestinians and wounded thousands. "The Israeli government operates a settler-colonial project committed to the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinian population," the letter reads. "The legacies of systemic violence, racism, and dispossession shaped by colonialism must stop."

The text asks governments around the world to "to stop funding all resources and technologies that back the Israeli state and their war crimes," and urges more artists to take part in solidarity. “We call for you to join us with your name in refusing to perform at Israel’s complicit cultural institutions, and by standing firm in your support of the Palestinian people and their human right to sovereignty and freedom. We believe this is crucial to one day live in a world without segregation and apartheid.”

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Over 600 artists, including Noname and Questlove, sign open letter in support of Palestinian rights