Alicia Keys, Depeche Mode Urged to Cancel Concerts in Israel

February 22, 2013 1:00 pm 13 comments

Alicia Keys in 2009. Photo: Wikipedia

Only days after confirming that she will play a concert in Israel, calls for Alicia Keys to cancel have come from those who support a cultural boycott of the Jewish state.

“We all ask Alicia Keys to stand on the side of justice and cancel her gig in Tel Aviv,” said the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel.

The US singer, one of the most popular and successful of the last decade, is due to perform in Tel Aviv in July for the first time in her career.

On Wednesday she released a statement saying, “I’m excited to go to new places on this tour, among them Tel Aviv. I plan on bringing with me a show full of emotion and inspiration.”

Depeche Mode, one of the most successful rock groups in history, is also being called upon to cancel their show in Israel. The band is planning to launch it’s world tour there in May. The band last played in Israel in 2009.

The boycott has dissuaded artists such as the Pixies and Cat Power from performing in Israel in the past, but it has mostly been ineffective in stopping the country from becoming a top destination on many global artists’ concert tours.

13 Comments

  • SHAME ON YOU…US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel….BOYCOTTING ISRAEL IS LIKE BOYCOTTING DEMOCRACY AND THE UNITED STATES!

    Good for all the artists who continue to perform in Israel.

  • I hope she do not cancel her trip to Israel if they still want her there. The Word says “I will bless those that bless you and curse those that curse you and through you all the nations of the earth will be bless” Speaking of Israel.

  • Alicia Keys is great and I’ve been a big fan since she came out. I’m really glad she is going to be in Israel on concert. There are few things I love as much as Israel or Alicia Keys. People who seek to rob loving people of each other are never going to help solve and are not interested in legitimately solving problems in the region. They are interested in demonizing and scapegoating the Jewish people and state to justify and excuse their hatred. They would have us all suffer so we can all be poisoned by their hateful ways. Love, hope and miracles are what will bring change, Alicia Keys and the people of Israel are great examples of people who believe in something bigger and better.

  • if only the anti-Israel haters were concerned with the violence being perpetrated against LGBT Palestinians by Hamas and the P.A.

  • Alicia! follow your heart! come! you have fans here that love you! it will be a great disappointment if you will decide other, and listen to careless people

  • “Cultural and academic cultural boycott of Israel”…explain please…

  • I really don’t think you should underestimate BDS. They just recently succeeded in convincing Stevie Wonder and Cat Power in canceling their tour. They’ve even duped some pro-Israel or pro-two state solution celebrities (Jello Biafra comes to mind) into pulling out of their Israel concerts. We have to fight them with everything we have.

    • Mordecai Ben Natan

      The BDS campaign against Israel, is being promoted by one of the biggest Jew haters Archbishop Tutu.
      He hates Jews and Israel, and would love to see both, Jews and Israel disappear.

      I have a history of his anti Semitic anti Israel sayings.
      And he, like Arafat, was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, which makes that prize a joke.

  • They don’t need you or any one else that don’t stand for them Alicia..so stay home if you don’t love Israel….js

  • Stand strong Alicia…Will.I.Am does, fergie does. Don’t be a last minute coward like Stevie turned out to be. Keep your integrity

  • Proud of you for coming to Israel and beaming light into those who waste their time is living in the darkness of the past. Long live the state of Israel the those who support it and the freedom, creativity and democracy it lives by.

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