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Stones plan first Israel gig, urged by BDS movement to reconsider
Published Wednesday 26/03/2014 (updated) 05/04/2014 16:53
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Vocalist for British rock band The Rolling Stones Mick Jagger (C)
performs with his band during a concert at the Marina Bay Sands
in Singapore on March 15, 2014 (AFP/File Roslan Rahman)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- The Rolling Stones announced plans Tuesday for an Israeli concert in June, prompting pro-Palestinian activists promoting a boycott of the country to say that would be equivalent to performing in apartheid South Africa.

To jubilation from the Israeli media, a spokeswoman for the British rock icons said the band will perform in Tel Aviv's Hayarkon Park on June 4 as part of its forthcoming European tour.

But a spokeswoman for the Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions committee noted that the Stones had been vocal opponents of racial segregation in South Africa, saying Israel also practices apartheid.

"Palestinian organisations urge the Rolling Stones to refrain from playing in apartheid Israel and not to condone Israel’s violations of international law and human rights against the Palestinian people,"Rafeef Ziadah wrote.

"The Rolling Stones were at the forefront of enforcing a cultural boycott of apartheid South Africa, but performing in Israel at this time is morally equivalent to performing in South Africa during the apartheid era."

After months of rumours of an impending first-ever visit by the band, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2012, Israeli media were jubilant.

"It's official! The Rolling Stones are coming to Tel Aviv," proclaimed Haaretz daily's website.

It said Israeli promoter Shuki Weiss, once quoted as saying he would retire after bringing the Stones to Israel, had guaranteed the band $6.7 million for the one-night stand.

"Israelis finally get some satisfaction as Rolling Stones confirm concert date," was the Jerusalem Post's headline.

"This is a historic and very meaningful visit," it quoted Weiss as saying.

"In these days when we hear calls for boycotts from around the world, it's not taken for granted that a band of this magnitude will come to Israel."

The Post said Weiss had been trying to tempt the band since 1988.

"The longest negotiation I ever conducted is coming to an end," it quoted him as saying.

A growing number of governments and international businesses have said they will not trade with Israeli firms with ties to Jewish settlements, highlighting the creeping success of a Palestinian-led boycott campaign.

The movement works to convince them and celebrities to cut ties with Israeli companies active in the occupied Palestinian territories, in a bid to repeat the success of the boycott that ended apartheid in South Africa.

Last week, the Stones postponed their tour of Australia and New Zealand after the suicide of Mick Jagger's girlfriend L'Wren Scott.

But the grieving front man’s songwriting partner of 50 years, Keith Richards, vowed that they will soon be back on stage.
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1 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
26/03/2014 14:25
The BDS movement will eventually be shown to be one of the hate-inspired propaganda arms of the 'pro-Palestinian" movement. Just like there is no ethnic cleansing of Palestinians (the Palestinian's own population statistics prove that) there is no Israeli apartheid. The world is waking up to the fact that while Israel has equality for its diverse cultural base of citizens, Palestine and neighboring Arab countries are where apartheid and human slavery are practiced.

2 ) Mel / USA
26/03/2014 15:13
That's what soc/network is for! Send the Stones our tweets,e-mails,with FB/YT pages/images/vids of Zionism's persecution,oppression,torture &EXECUTIONS of relatively unarmed Palestinian civilian men,women,children,elderly,as per its 'norm'.Send them FB pages of Israel's Border Police 'arsim activities','trophy' photo's(like Abu Ghraib)or Beitar Jerusalem/La Familia's activities? BDS Mick!Because of Israel's APARTHEID! No 'violin players' playing for Nazionists,Mick&Keith! No blood-money! BDS!

3 ) ian / australia
29/03/2014 02:35
#1 "The BDS movement will eventually be shown to be one of the hate-inspired propaganda arms of the 'pro-Palestinian" movement..." Brian. This is not hard. Israel is behaving appallingly in occupied, UN-recognised Palestine. BDS is not inspired by "hate". It's a tool, of arguable effectiveness, to bring about the end of the occupation and achieve a viable Palestinian state on the historic land. Why is that so hard to admit? Why the endless blather about all that other irrelevant stuff? Why?

4 ) ron paul / USA
30/03/2014 14:09
UN would recognize not only PLO but that the world is flat and that Israel flattened it if the motion was pushed by Islamic countries. They have automatic majority. Which Arab city in the WB are Jews occupying, what about Gaza? Arabs occupy land that was bought and paid for by Jews in the WB and Gaza and then occupied by Egypt and Jordan. Fact. Whose gonna compensate millions of Jews from Muslim countries for their lost lands, property, and lives ? BDS diverts attention from real crimes.

5 ) Rami / Palestine
30/03/2014 14:40
#1 What inspires hate? Committing war crimes against unarmed civilian populations or being boycotted for committing war crimes against unarmed civilian populations? Your mind is thoroughly warped beyond belief. In other words, you're a typical Zionist and I expect no less of you.

6 ) Reality Check / The World
30/03/2014 23:19
Why? Because the BDS movement is a biased movement that tries to hurt Israel economically and culturally by propagating false information and swaying people to they're cause. "BDS is not inspired by "hate".", I beg to differ, many BDS supporters are known anti-semites that support this movement because of a racist attitude towards Israeli's. Its a movement motivated by an obsessive hate of Zionism and opposition to the Jewish state and it should be exposed for what it is.

7 ) red / usa
31/03/2014 00:56
Shame on them! Boycott israel, boycott Stones! Whores both!

8 ) Robert / US
31/03/2014 02:56
Another Stupid comment by cohen..

9 ) An Australian / Australia
01/04/2014 07:21
Is it possible to make a profit out of a one-off appearance by the Stones when they are being paid nearly $7 million? Or are they just another trophy for Israel to brandish, saying "look at us, the Stones are playing, we're just a regular country", and profits don't matter? I hope all BDS supporting Stones fans let the band know they are making a mistake here. It's not just another concert, they are endorsing racism and ethnic cleansing.

10 ) Mel / USA
05/04/2014 20:17
I'll send an email to the Stones/manager/fanclub,asking Mick and his band if they would be happy profitting form playing for the supremacist/racist Nazi's,as they filled up the camps in Europe?Or if they would've been happy to profit from a South African stadium JUUTS filled with WHITE S/A 's?Entertaining apartheid Israel,while Judeo-Nazi,despotic Rabbi's advocate the torture of CHILDREN& the racist PURGING of MILLIONS of non-Jews is UNSATISFACTORY!Blood-money,Mick!

11 ) Colin Wright / USA
06/04/2014 10:59
Ever notice how Israel is always a venue for aged musicians? One last big paycheck, I suppose.

12 ) Colin Wright / USA
06/04/2014 11:03
To An Australian #9: 'Is it possible to make a profit out of a one-off appearance by the Stones when they are being paid nearly $7 million? Or are they just another trophy for Israel to brandish, saying "look at us, the Stones are playing, we're just a regular country"...' The latter. In fact, considering how many elderly groups and individuals have popped up in Israel, I wonder if it's a program. Presumably, they get some wealthy American Jew to 'help Israel' by footing the bill.

13 ) Colin Wright / USA
06/04/2014 11:04
To Brian #1: 'Just like there is no ethnic cleansing of Palestinians...' Good one, Brain. Keep walking into that door.

14 ) Colin Wright / USA
10/04/2014 22:10
Judging by the loud squeals it elicits from the Zionists, BDS must be a very good idea.
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