Hip Hop Group expelled from Hungarian music festival for defacing Israeli flag

A Spanish band that performed at a renowned Hungarian international music festival has been banished from participating again after publishing a video of its members defacing an Israeli flag at the event.

The Sziget Music Festival said in a statement that it condemns the action by hip-hop group Tribade as against the spirit of the annual event.

“The actions of the group Tribade are against our cherished values of welcome and respect and we deeply condemn this hateful stunt,” the statement said.

“They will, of course, not be invited back to our festivals in the future,” the festival said of Tribade.

The three-member female rap group uploaded videos of their concert at the festival to their Instagram story, followed by a video of them writing statements against the State of Israel and in support of the Palestinians on an Israeli flag.

The video shows the band members walking past several tents apparently used by Israeli guests of the concert, before reaching an affixed flag and pulling out black marker pens.

They wrote various statements on the flag, including: “Israel doesn’t exist,” “Free Palestine” and “Eat this” alongside a drawing of a penis.

The Foreign Ministry condemned the “ugly” incident in a statement, saying it would demand clarification from the event organizers and follow up on the matter.

The European Union of Jewish students tweeted that it “is disgusted by the defacement of the Israeli flag at Hungary’s Sziget Festival by Tribade, a Barcelona-based hip-hop group.”

The organization called on Sziget organizers to “condemn artists who use its platform to incite hatred.”

Inbal Mittelman, an Israeli attending the festival, expressed how disappointed she was with the incident and that she hoped organizers would ban the group.

Mittelman also said that she had herself encountered antisemitism at the festival. When she displayed an Israeli flag at a performance, others in attendance “poured alcohol on me and shouted at me to take it down, tried to pull it away,” she said.


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