Update: Note that the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel has rejected Eric Burdon’s manager’s claims. See a portion of its statement, below.
At 72, Eric Burdon, former lead singer of the Animals, has canceled an August 1 Israel gig, Haaretz says, citing threats by supporters of BDS. I sure hope that his spokesperson is exaggerating, that these were not violent threats. But artists’ activities have been successfully politicized, and Burdon is obviously feeling the heat. Haaretz:
Former lead singer of The Animals Eric Burdon on Tuesday announced he is cancelling his planned concert in Israel, citing threats. According to his personal manager Marianna Burdon, he was pressured not to perform in Israel and ultimately chose to cancel the concert, which was to take place August 1.
“We are under increasing pressure, including many threatening emails that we are receiving on a daily basis. I wouldn’t want to put Eric in any danger” his manager wrote in a letter to Israeli members of Tislam, the band Burdon was scheduled to perform with
Burdon told two of the band members who he met with in Vienna last week that he was subject to threats not to perform…
Although we and our allies urge artists not to cross the international picket line by performing in Israel, and although we make sustained efforts to educate performers about the reason for boycott, we have not and never will issue any threats against anyone who does not heed the boycott call. Recent claims of threats from ex-Animals singer Eric Burdon in an article published by Ha’aretz are vague and unsubstantiated. We do not know if they are made up by media hostile to the BDS strategy, or by artists and/or their agents, or if they are inflated reports of remarks made by individuals who do not represent the movement. USACBI advances the BDS movement not through threats, but rather by exposing Israel’s wrongs, and promoting non-violent ways to redress them, and achieve the rights of the Palestinian people.