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June 17, 2013 10:17 am
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Pet Shop Boys Tout Israeli Equality for Jews and Arabs

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A BDS Israel protest in London. Photo: wiki commons.

JNS.org The British electric pop duo The Pet Shop Boys are the latest celebrities to voice their support for Israel and reject the ongoing pressure from anti-Israel BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions) groups to shun the Jewish state.

A group of BDS activists plan on protesting an event attended by the Pet Shop Boys this week to persuade the musicians to cancel their Tel Aviv concert.

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“Open your eyes to the ugly reality of apartheid Israel,” reads a poster prepared for the protest, according to Ynet.

But Neil Tennant, the group’s main vocalist, struck back by attacking the comparison between Israel and apartheid-era South Africa, which is frequently used by anti-Israel advocates.

“I don’t agree with this comparison of Israel to apartheid-era South Africa,” Tennant wrote on the group’s official website, explaining that Israel has “universal suffrage and equality of rights for all its citizens, both Jewish and Arab.”

“In apartheid-era South Africa, artists could only play to segregated audiences; in Israel anyone who buys a ticket can attend a concert,” Tennant added.

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