Sonata Arctica is a Finnish power metal band, started in 1996 as Tricky Beans (briefly changed to Tricky Means), playing hard rock/pop music that later evolved into Stratovarius-inspired power metal.
The band is scheduled to preform in Tel Aviv in March, 2020.
Sonata Arctica to perform at Rock In The City Rovaniemi on July 17th.
— Sonata Arctica (@SonataArctica) March 3, 2020
Some Palestinian activists represented in “VPalestine team” have asked the band not to preform in apartheid “Israel” because the Israeli government continues to enforce severe and discriminatory restrictions on Palestinians’ human rights; restrict the movement of people and goods into and out of the Gaza Strip; and facilitate the unlawful transfer of Israeli citizens to settlements in the occupied West Bank.
They also explained to the band how “Israel” will use this performance to whitewash its brutal crimes against the Palestinians.
Here are some of their replies:
By participating there u r legalities their crimes against Palestinians and encourage them to do more.. So plz dont go and google gaza and see what they have done on it.. Regards
— Ahmed Abu Rizik #Gaza (@AhmedAbuRizik2) March 10, 2020
Don’t entertain apartheid Israel. Isroael is using you to whitewash its occupation and apartheid regime.#FreePalestine 🇵🇸🇵🇸🇵🇸🇵🇸🇵🇸🇵🇸
— Reda🇵🇸🇵🇸 (@Reda11229123) March 11, 2020
While you're preparing for parties and songs, there are families in Palestine who are preparing condolences for their children who were killed because of the criminal occupation, don't be a tool to whitewash the brutal occupation state crimes and cancel the party!#freePalestine
— Jasika (@Jasika22663934) March 10, 2020