Refusing to boycott Israel has the Red Hot Chili Peppers in hot water with Palestinian activists. The band is scheduled to play Hayarkon Park in Tel Aviv, Sept. 10, 2012. The concert’s opening act, Lebanon’s Mashrou’ Leila, has canceled, and many are calling for the band to ditch the date. It seems even a liberal bunch like RHCP is not immune to the ire of the Left. After all, one can’t allow art — or economics — to betray politics.
— The IMEU (@theIMEU) September 4, 2012
— Electronic Intifada (@intifada) September 4, 2012
we will not be opening for the red hot chili peppers on september 6 in beirut
— mashrou' leila (@mashrou3leila) September 4, 2012
.@ChiliPeppers You attended the Hoping Foundation show in 2011 and u contributed to raising money for Palestine. Pls do not perform Tel Aviv
— Made In Nablus (@MadeInNablus) September 4, 2012
— Zalameh (@BDS4Justice) September 4, 2012
— Jinjirrie (@Jinjirrie) September 4, 2012
— bubu (@_Barbi_U) September 4, 2012
But not everyone wants the band to bail. Some are willing to put politics aside for good music.
— Yishai Fleisher (@YishaiFleisher) September 4, 2012
@ChiliPeppers can't wait to see u in concert on the 6th in Lebanon :))
— nour harfouche (@NourHarfouche94) September 4, 2012