Indie Band Of Montreal Latest to Nix Israel Show Over 'Murderous and Brutal Policies'

The band joins a slew of musicians who have canceled their participation in the Meteor Festival under pressure from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement

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Of Montreal, one of the bands scheduled to perform at Israel's Meteor Festival, has joined the slew of musicians who canceled their participation.

"After deep consideration, we have decided to cancel our appearance at the Meteor festival. After exhausting all of the different possible ways of justifying playing an Israeli party festival, while the political and military leaders of the country continue their murderous and brutal policies against the Palestinian people, we came to the realization that there is no actual appropriate move other than to cancel the show," the band wrote on their Facebook page.

The American indie band performed in Israel in 2012 and 2014.

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The festival is scheduled to take place from Thursday to Saturday at Pecan Park in Kibbutz Lehavot Habashan. On Saturday, Lana Del Rey announced that she had decided to cancel her participation in the festival.

The American singer, who was under intense pressure from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement, said she was postponing her show due to her inability to schedule a show for Palestinian fans. American electronic musician Shlohmo also canceled his performance at the festival. Shlohmo said he initially agreed to perform in order to donate his pay to the inhabitants of Gaza, but later realized that "supporting the oppressed thru my absence is more important to me."

Among the other musicians who will not appear at the festival are British DJ Leon Vynehall, Turkish singer Selda, Nazareth electronic duo Zenobia and Australian DJ Mall Grab.

Alongside the cancellations, the festival's production announced this week that three new names have been added to the lineup: Actress, Dan Shake and the British DJ and production duo Secretsundaze. Liat Turgeman, who is in charge of public relations for Meteor Festival, said that anyone who has bought tickets and wants to return them can get a refund at the ticket office.

Despite the cancellations, more than 130 performances will take place at Meteor.