Pet Shop Boys Rebuff Pro-Palestinian Pressure

June 18, 2013

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The Pet Shop Boys in Concert (Photo by Beaucoupkevin, Wiki Commons)
The Pet Shop Boys in Concert (Photo by Beaucoupkevin, Wiki Commons)

British pop duo Pet Shop Boys will go ahead with their scheduled Tel Aviv concert this coming Sunday, despite pressure from pro-Palestinian supporters to cancel.

Pro-Palestinian group Innovative Minds is promoting a protest at another Pet Shop Boys event this week.  Posters prepared for the protest read: “Open your eyes to the ugly reality of apartheid Israel.  Cancel your Tel Aviv concert. Stand with the oppressed.” and contains the captions: “1 child killed every three days” and “2 kids caged every day.”

Pet Shop Boys’ singer Neil Tennant rejected the comparison on the group’s official website: “It’s a caricature. Israel has (in my opinion) some crude and cruel policies based on defense; it also has universal suffrage and equality of rights for all its citizens, both Jewish and Arab.

“In apartheid-era South Africa, artists could only play to segregated audiences; in Israel anyone who buys a ticket can attend a concert.”

Perhaps surprisingly, the boycott call has not received much media attention in Britain.  Concert producer Plug Production Generators suggested in a statement that since the same groups raise the same issues every time a concert is announce in Israel, the band is not taking it very seriously and is continuing with its preparations.


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