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Stones plan first Israel gig, but urged to reconsider

Published on Mar 26, 2014 6:10 AM
(From left) Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones perform during a concert in Shanghai on March 12, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

JERUSALEM (AFP) - The Rolling Stones announced plans on 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 spokesman 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 spokesman 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.

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