Aussie rocker Nick Cave has defended his band’s upcoming show in Israel, saying that he is taking a “principled stand” by having the Bad Seeds perform at Tel Aviv’s Menorah Arena later today.

Speaking at a press conference on Sunday, Cave said he felt it would be “cowardly” not to play in Israel, and accused the anti-Israel movement of bullying musicians if they sought to tour the country, as the Associated Press reports.

“So at the end of the day there are two reasons why I am here. One is that I love Israel and I love Israeli people, and two is to make a principled stand against anyone who wants to censor and silence musicians,” Cave said.

“So really you could say in a way that the BDS [Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Momement] made me play Israel.”

Read the full article by Tom Williams at Music Feeds.

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