Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement has called for the boycott of DGTL Tel AVIV, scheduled to take place 14 October.

Due to take place in Yarkon Park, otherwise known as Ganei Yehoshua, BDS says the location is built atop of “an ethnically cleansed Palestinian village,” Jarisha. The inhabitants of which were forcibly expelled in 1948. The organization, which is led by The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI), claims that the association with the popular Dutch electronic music brand is part of Israel’s plan to “seek(s) to art-wash through its association with otherwise progressive festivals and artists”.

As a brand, DGTL is considered one of the world’s most sustainable and environmentally conscious festivals, with its annual Amsterdam edition acting as the unofficial kickoff for the lengthy Dutch festival season. DGTL also features international editions in the likes of Barcelona and Sao Paolo, as well as a record label.

BDS considers the call to boycott DGTL Tel Aviv as part of the #DJsforPalestine initiative, which includes scores of DJs and Producers who have withdrawn from past Israel based electronic events, such as Peggy Gou from last year’s DGTL Tel Aviv.

Photo: DGTL Festival Amsterdam by Hanna Norlin