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February 22, 2013 1:00 pm

Alicia Keys, Depeche Mode Urged to Cancel Concerts in Israel

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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.

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