Now Cave reveals that at the same time he also sent a personal e-mail to Eno - which he posted in the Q&A session on his website. He wrote to the fan that, in light of the many questions on the subject, he is publishing the correspondence between Eno and him, after the latter wrote to him in an attempt to persuade him to retract his declaration of performances in Israel.
“I do not support the current government in Israel, yet do not accept that my decision to play in the country is any kind of tacit support for that government’s policies,” Cave wrote, adding that Palestinian suffering “is ended via a comprehensive and just solution, one that involves enormous political will on both sides”. He also mentioned his own charity work that raised £150,000 for the pro-Palestine Hoping Foundation. “But I also do not support the Boycott, Divestments and Sanctions movement, as you know. I think the cultural boycott of Israel is cowardly and shameful.”
After adding the correspondence between Eno and himself, Cave added: “Brian Eno, beyond any other musician, taught my friends and me how to make music. The records he made remain some of the most important and essential recordings I have ever heard. So, if there seems to be a thread of anguish that runs through this letter, this is indeed the case. I am writing to my hero.”
In conclusion, Cave added that he occasionally debated whether he had made the right decision “if The Bad Seeds did the right thing in playing Israel. I cannot answer that question. I understand and accept the validity of many of the arguments that are presented to me. Indeed, some of my dearest friends in the music industry found my decision very difficult to accept, but there it is, after much consideration the decision was made: I simply could not treat my Israeli fans with the necessary contempt to do Brian Eno’s bidding.”
Roger Waters, another prominent BDS supporter, made headlines two days ago when he influenced a band of Pink Floyd covers not to perform in Israel. He wrote on his Facebook page that he was "amazed" by the band's intentions to come and begged them not to do so. "To sing my songs in front of segregated audiences in Israel, and contribute to the cultural whitewashing of the racist and apartheid government, would be an act of unconscionable malice and disrespect," he wrote, adding a picture of a wounded Palestinian child. The pressure worked, and UK Pink Floyd Experience did cancel their arrival planned for the next month.