Gene Simmons, Deborah Conway join opposition to Sydney Festival boycott as more acts pull out

Tropical Fuck Storm among latest to withdraw over Israeli embassy sponsorship, saying organisers have put artists in a ‘shit sandwich’

KISS frontman Gene Simmons, Australian musician Deborah Conway, film-maker Nancy Spielberg are among 120 entertainment industry figures to sign an open letter against the boycott of Sydney festival, after more than 30 acts and individuals withdrew over the festival’s $20,000 sponsorship deal with the Israeli embassy.

In the letter, published on Thursday by Creative Community for Peace, the signatories described the boycott as “an affront to both Palestinians and Israelis who are working to advance peace through compromise, exchange, and mutual recognition”.

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