Belfast Telegraph

Thursday 23 October 2014

Pixies call off Israel concert

The Pixies have boycotted their concert in Israel after Gaza raid incident

The US rock band Pixies has cancelled a concert in Tel Aviv this week in the wake of Israel's deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla.

The group's Tel Aviv promoter, Shuki Weiss, relayed a statement from the band announcing the cancellation "with great regret".

The band did not specify why it was pulling out of the gig, but organisers say the decision was related to last week's naval raid, which killed nine pro-Palestinian activists.

Various artists have come under heavy pressure from activists to boycott Israel because of its treatment of the Palestinians. Elvis Costello recently cancelled a planned concert in protest at Israeli policies.

Others, such as Sir Elton John and Rod Stewart, are still planning to play Israel this summer.

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