Alicia Keys and a Brief History of the Israel Boycott

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The Keys To Boycotting a Boycott: Alicia Keys played Tel Aviv on the 4th of July.
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The Keys To Boycotting a Boycott: Alicia Keys played Tel Aviv on the 4th of July.

By Anne Cohen

Published July 16, 2013, issue of July 19, 2013.
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PAUL MCCARTNEY (2008)

“I do what I think, and I have many friends who support Israel,” McCartney said.

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ROGER WATERS (2013)

In March, Waters compared the Israeli occupation of Gaza and the Palestinian territories to apartheid in South Africa, and has called Israeli settlements “an impregnable obstacle to peace.”

Recently however, Waters has admitted to rethinking his call for a widespread boycott. “I am considering my position,” he said in an interview with HuffPost Live. “I’m thinking it all through extremely carefully because I care more about the outcome, because I care about the people involved, than I do about the moment.”

CAT POWER (2012)

In 2012, Power, also known as Chan Marshall, canceled her show after receiving threats from BDS groups. She tweeted that because of “much confusion” she could not play for her Israeli fans, and that she felt “sick in her spirit.”

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Elvis Costello

ELVIS COSTELLO (2010)

“There are occasions when merely having your name added to a concert schedule may be interpreted as a political act,” Costello wrote on his website. “I must believe that the audience for the coming concerts would have contained many people who question the policies of their government on settlement and deplore conditions that visit intimidation, humiliation or much worse on Palestinian civilians in the name of national security. I am also keenly aware of the sensitivity of these themes in the wake of so many despicable acts of violence perpetrated in the name of liberation…. It is a matter of instinct and conscience.”

THE PIXIES (2010)

“The decision was not reached easily,” the band said in a statement. “We’d like to extend our deepest apologies to the fans, but events beyond all our control have conspired against us.”


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