Pixies cancel Israel gig after Gaza violence

Posted Jun 7, 2010 1:04 PM By AP Staff

JERUSALEM (AP) — The U.S. rock band Pixies has canceled 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 organizers say the decision was related to last week's naval raid, which killed nine pro-Palestinian activists.

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

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

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    daggor (guest)
    That's right, guys. Because everyone in Israel murders aid workers. Genius. Heaven forbid you could go to Israel and send a message of peace and unity.
    June 7, 2010 at 5:29PM EST
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