The metal band Arch Enemy is scheduled to play apartheid Israel on 24th January, following their Khaos Over Europe Tour in conjunction with Amnesty International’s freedom of expression campaign.
The BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions) group Don’t Play Apartheid Israel (DPAI) created a Facebook page to support the Palestinian call for BDS and to try to persuade Arch Enemy to cancel the gig, in support of the oppressed Palestinian people.
As a member of DPAI, I have been tweeting Angela Gossow and Arch Enemy about the censorship of their official FB page, the racism that many of their Israeli fans displayed in posts on our page and, most importantly, reiterating the Palestinian call to boycott apartheid Israel.
Angela Gossow (@AGossow), a self-proclaimed proponent of freedom of expression has finally engaged with me on Twitter – here is the ‘conversation’. Note, this is after several tweets from me.
@StandWithUs Thank-you for fighting for the good cause and against sexual discrimination! We play for the #HumanRightsFighters in Israel!
This tweet has since been deleted but is screenshotted below.
22nd December: Despite tweeting her support to Stand With Us on 15th Decemer, Angela tweeted this today, stating she doesn’t support them. Much obfuscation, little clarity, little truth. She also stated that amnesty International will be present at the show in Tel Aviv, an astonishing claim, especially given how AI withdrew from Leonard Cohen’s Israel concert fund in 2009.Amnesty International Withdraws from Leonard Cohen’s Israel Concert Fund