Calls made for strike in solidarity with Palestine from within the dance music community

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Members of the dance music community are striking in solidarity with Palestine today, October 20, and calling for others to join them.

The strike calls for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, where hundreds of thousands of people have been displaced and more than 3,700 Palestinians, including over 1,500 children, have been killed following bombardment from the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) in retaliation of the Hamas attack on October 7, which has killed 1,400 Israelis, and saw at least 200 others abducted and held hostage by Hamas.

German groups Palästina Spricht and Palästina Kampagne began the call for a global strike today in “solidarity with Palestine and our people”.

Radio stations, DJs, artists, labels and events companies have come together in solidarity with those facing the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza, urging others in the industry to take a stand.

Palestinian techno DJ Sama’ Abdulhadi announced the cancellation of her North American shows this weekend “due to the escalation of the attacks on Palestine and Gaza specifically”.

“This is a really tough period,” she said. “I hope you understand. For now, we really need your help putting pressure on your governments to stop the massacre in Gaza.”

Amman-based producer Toumba also announced his part in the strike, explaining: “In light of the recent atrocities being committed by the Zionist occupation in Gaza, I have made the decision to go on strike and cancel my performances this weekend for Insomnia Festival and no_one.”

“I urge my colleagues to do the same, get on the streets and amplify the voices that need to be heard,” he added.

Manuka Honey announced the cancellation of her show at Amsterdam Dance Event today as part of the global strike, adding: “I urge my peers and comrades in the music industry to adhere to this call to action and do the same.”

An open letter calling for “an immediate ceasefire and the opening of Gaza’s crossings to allow humanitarian aid to enter unhindered” has also been published for musicians to sign, which has so far been signed by over 2,000 artists including Shanti Celeste and Ben UFO.

Krakow-based festival Unsound has also joined the strike, call for “peace and dignity for all”.

Radio stations have also shown their support for those facing humanitarian crises in Gaza, including, which will remain off air today in solidarity with the global strike, NTS, which has closed its offices in London and Los Angeles, and Bethlehem-based station Radio Alhara, asking “all musicians to cancel their October 20 performances”.

“No legal or financial consequences can match the hardship faced now by the Palestinian people, and if threatened by such we should ask promoters and presenters what they themselves are doing to counter the ongoing catastrophe,” reads a statement from Radio Alhara.

Israel has now besieged Gaza, blocking food, electricity, fuel, medicine and water from accessing the territory. “We are putting a complete siege on Gaza… No electricity, no food, no water, no gas – it’s all closed,” said Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant earlier this month.

The UN has said that water has now become a “matter of life and death” for people in the Gaza Strip, with clean water running out and Gaza’s only power station now out of fuel.

The BBC reported last night that water for basic needs in Gaza is running dry, while no supplies have been allowed into the Gaza Strip for over a week. Gazans can only access three litres of water per day.

Labels and promoters across the world are launching fundraiser events and compilations with donations going toward humanitarian aid in Gaza. London venue Colour Factory is hosting a ‘Dance For Gaza’ fundraiser event tomorrow, October 21, with all proceeds going to PCRF.

DJ, producer, Saffron Records mentor and tutor Outsider has published a charity compilation, ‘From the River to the Sea’, fundraising for Palestine Children’s Relief Fund and Medical Aid for Palestinians.

Find a list of charities you can support in aid of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza below.

Gemma Ross is Mixmag’s Assistant Editor, follow her on Twitter

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Written by: Tim Hopkins

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