Wolf Alice have opened up on their support for the Artists for Palestine campaign.
Last week, the ‘Visions Of A Life’ rockers joined the likes of Shame, Portishead, Circa Waves and Carl Barat in calling for a boycott of Israel, joining in solidarity against continued and violent clashes with Palestinian protestors.
In the continued conflict over occupation, reports earlier this month claimed that at least 52 Palestinians were killed after Israeli forces opened fire.
Thousands more were wounded as they protested in Gaza and the West Bank over the US Embassy moving to Jerusalem.
As long as the Israeli government commits war crimes against the Palestinian people we support their call for a boycott of Israel as a means of peaceful protest against a brutal and bloody occupation. #ArtistsForPalestine pic.twitter.com/egWNAxFlE2
— Wolf Alice (@wolfalicemusic) May 22, 2018
But while Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the military was acting in self-defence, Wolf Alice are among the legions of artists who are standing firm against the violence.
Speaking to NME at BBC Radio 1’s Biggest Weekend, guitarist Joff Oddie described how the group were motivated to lend their support to the cause.
“The situation has affected all of us. It’s affected us seeing what has happened in recent years”, Oddie told NME.
Backing calls for musical acts to boycott Israel, he said: “You have to listen, you have to listen to the minorities that are being afflicted in those situations to see what they want and they’re calling for a boycott, so we choose to support that.
“I trust the movement, it’s got strong goals and that’s definitely a part of it. You have to put social and economic pressure on the state of Israel to change.”
Nick Cave was also unsuccesfully urged to pull a gig from the city, with artists and pro-Palestinian groups asking not to perform “while apartheid remains”.