Just four days after the Indingev Festival published its list of artists, its organizers announced today (Sunday) the cancellation of the appearance of Atar Meiner and the white screen punk band, against whom allegations of physical, mental and sexual harm have been made in the past.
A post written on the festival's official Facebook page, following numerous comments against the organizers after the lineup was published with the names of Meiner and the white screen, read: "We took a moment to answer and examine the facts, and respond to things in a considered manner. "It is a matter of silencing him, on the contrary. The discussion should be conducted in a clear and public manner, without sweeping things under the table and ignoring on the one hand, but also while being precise in the details and the truth as it is."
"However, it is also important to say that there were a lot of inaccuracies in the way things are presented. This discourse deteriorates too quickly into a resolute and vociferous discourse, where things quickly get out of context and untruths are often presented as such, and that is not the way, in our opinion."
The White Screen Band, in 2017, Photo: Gaia Saadon
The rest of the post states that the organizers have been talking to Meiner and members of the White Screen in recent days, and that they have made a decision not to hold the performances at the upcoming festival.
"All along we have thought and we still think the right thing to do is to address the issue in public and have an open dialogue with the understanding that the issue is complex," they added.
The organizers concluded by saying that "we will say the obvious again - we do not have, and have never had, a drop of tolerance for violence of any kind, as evidenced by the tens of thousands of people who have spent time in Indingev over the past 15 years. "To dive into the music all these years, and that is an essential part of the festival's identity and the values it promotes. We are waiting to see you in the desert."
The post also posted Meiner's response: "I truly believe we came for art and to absorb art. With love, Atar Meiner."
It is worth noting that Miner is also scheduled to perform at the Shuga Festival next month, alongside artists such as Alt-J and Milky Chance.
The white screen members' response was not published in the post in question, but a laconic response was posted on the band's official Facebook page: "Unfortunately, we are canceling our participation in the upcoming Indingev."
Indingev Festival (archive, those photographed have nothing to do with the article), Photo: Oded Natan
Last year, musician Natalie Moses released a series of stories in which she accused Meiner of physical and mental harassment, and even called him a "narcissistic and violent abuser."
Meiner denied the allegations.
At the same time, although no official allegations have been made against members of the White Screen, the many reactions in the lineup post hinted that at least some of them were involved in sexual harassment.
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