Having weathered the chorus of international protests following its high-seas raid on a Gaza-bound aid convoy, Israel is about to endure the silence of music stars who have decided to shun its summer festivals.
International condemnation has rained down on Israel since the deadly raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla of boats on May 31. But following the diplomatic rebukes, Israel has been hit by a string of concert cancellations as musicians join in the protests by refusing to sing.
Yet, the request for Pixies to boycott Israeli stages did not come only from Palestinians. A group of leftist Israeli academics, some of whom say they are Pixies fans, reached out to the band in a March 1 open letter, asking the musicians to honour the lyrics of their 1988 title River Euphrates: "Stuck here out of gas / Out here on the Gaza Strip / From driving in too fast" .
Date created : 2010-06-08