- Oct 28, 2017
US hip hop star Talib Kweli has been disinvited from a German music...
US hip hop star Talib Kweli has been disinvited from a German music festival after refusing to denounce the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.
Kweli, who earned recognition for his early collaborations with rapper Mos Def, was asked by the artistic director of the Open Source Festival to declare his views on the BDS movement ahead of the concert.
"As we are also working with public funding we have no other choice than to ask you for an official statement concerning your position towards the BDS," an email from the director read.
Last month German lawmakers approved a resolution denouncing the BDS movement as anti-Semitic, the first European parliament to do so.
The motion vowed not to financially support any projects that call for a boycott of Israel, actively support the BDS movement, or "question Israel's right to exist".