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Several bands and artists are canceling their participation in the South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in solidarity with G.aza over the Israeli regime’s ongoing onslaught against the besieged Strip.

The festival has been ongoing from March 8-16, in the wake of the US backed Israeli onslaught on Gaza that has now k.illed more than 31,000 Palestinians. 

One of the bands who chose to quit the festival is Belfast band ‘Kneecap,’ who said on X that their decision to pull their three shows was done “in solidarity with the people of Palestine “

The band also revealed that the festival has links with arms firms and the US military who actively are “enabling genocide and famine against a trapped population.”

“We cannot in good conscience attend an arts festival that has ‘the U.S. Army’ as a ‘super sponsor’ and is platforming RTX (formerly Raytheon), Collins Aerospace and BAE Systems, the very companies selling the weapons that have murdered 31,000 Palestinians, over 21,000 of them women and children,” the band said.

The boycott is headed by Chicago-based songwriter Ella Williams, also known as Squirrel Flower, who took to Instagram to announce her withdrawal and encouraged other musicians to do the same.

“There are many ways SXSW is harmful to working musicians, but I am pulling out specifically because of the fact that SXSW is platforming defense contractors including Raytheon subsidiaries as well as the US Army, a main sponsor of the festival,” the singer said.

“Genocide profiteers like Raytheon supply weapons to the IDF, paid for by our taxes. A music festival should not include war profiteers. I refuse to be complicit in this and withdraw my art and labor in protest.”

“I will still be playing unofficial showcases, and I encourage them all to take a vocal stand against SXSW. I encourage my fellow musicians to do the same,” she added.

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