The Red Hot Chili Peppers are due to give a concert in Tel Aviv tomorrow night, but boycott advocates still hope that the band, last seen in Beirut, will change its mind.
“Israeli govt press office gives the Red Hot Chili Peppers a strong anti-boycott hug,” Ofer Neiman writes, linking an Israeli government press office tweet about the concert: “Boycott calls unlikely to cool Red Hot Chili Peppers’ first concert in Tel Aviv, Israel.”
A boycott supporter on facebook adds:
Red Hot Chili Peppers, the government of occupying military regime of Israel is worried you may change your mind and not entertain the beneficiaries of their [apartheid state]…
The band has made no comments on Facebook, Twitter or in the press regarding the anti-Israel boycott. Their last known statement was on June 28, when they posted a nearly-minute-long video announcing their Tel Aviv concert date:
“I would like to announce our huge joy and pleasure and excitement and the thrill we have to come to Israel for the very first time,” bassist Michael “Flea” Balzary says in the clip, joined by singer Anthony Kiedis and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer. “The original guitar player of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the great Hillel Slovak, may he rest in peace, was an Israeli.”