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Pixies Cancel Concert in Israel

The BBC reports that the Pixies have canceled their concert in Israel, citing “events beyond our control.”  They report:
The group did not specify why they were pulling out of the show, which was due to take place in Tel Aviv on 9 June.
However, organisers said the decision was linked to Israel’s deadly raid [...]

Elvis Costello Agrees Not to Play in Israel

Another important victory in the cultural boycott!  Elvis Costello has heeded the call from the British Palestine Solidarity Campaign and others not to play a concert in apartheid Israel.  He has posted the following statement:

// It is after considerable contemplation that I have lately arrived at the decision that I must withdraw from [...]

Elton John: Boycott Israel!

Great video from Canadian Filmmaker John Greyson (who helped initiate the protests at the Toronto International Film Festival last year) to Elton John.  It’s a great use of humor (and the spirit of humanity) to make the case.

Read USACBI’s letter to Elton John here!

Say NO to ‘Out in Israel’ – Statement by alQaws & Aswat

From alQaws: for Sexual and Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society and Aswat: Palestinian Gay Women, a statement of support for cultural boycott:
‘Out in Israel’ is a month-long festival taking place throughout the Bay Area during April 2010. It is a celebration of LGBT Israeli culture that is set to include film series, literary readings, musical [...]

Swedish Divestment Victory

From Business Week:
Sweden’s national pension funds have dropped investments in an Israeli company that makes surveillance equipment for the West Bank barrier.
Israel said Thursday that the decision by the Swedish AP funds, which manage assets of more than 800 billion kronor ($110 billion) in the state pension system, was “regrettable” but [...]