Henry Rollins says cancelled Tel Aviv show is not cultural boycott against Israel

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Rollins says 'discussion leads to change' rather than boycotts

Henry Rollins has issued a statement clarifying that his decision to postpone a gig in Tel Aviv was not due to pressures from a campaign asking artists to boycott Israel.

It was recently announced that the former Black Flag singer had postponed a previously scheduled gig at Tel Aviv’s Havana Club on February 5. Rollins’ official website cited a “promoter conflict” and stated that he intends to “reschedule as soon as possible”.

Pro-Palestinian activist Yael Kahn claimed to have been informed that the gig’s cancellation was as a result of a pressure campaign against Rollins’ performance in Tel Aviv.

In a statement issued today (January 18), Rollins categorically denied the link between the campaign for boycott and the cancellation of the show. He wrote: “I did not, as the NME has reported, pull out of my show in Tel Aviv, Israel due to any pressure from anywhere. I canceled the Tel Aviv show on advice from my agent, who had been having a much less than honest time with the promoter. I was looking forward to the show in Tel Aviv. I don’t think a cultural boycott is a good way to go. As much as I disagree with Israel’s dealings with Palestine, and I disagree very much, I think ideas, discussion, other perspectives lead to change more than the silence of a boycott.”

Henry Rollins is currently on tour in Europe, playing his final UK show in Glasgow on Monday (January 18).

Rollins will play shows in Belgium, Poland, Germany, Holland, Finland, Sweden, Russia and Ukraine during the remainder of his European tour.