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Rolling Stones perform in Israel for first time ever, despite protest

Rolling Stones Perform In Israel Despite Pink Floyd's Protest

Perhaps you've heard of a little band called the Rolling Stones? The rockers have been painting it black since 1962, and now they've performed in Israel for the very first time in their 50-plus-year careers.


However, the trip isn't without controversy. Pink Floyd members Roger Waters and Nick Mason wanted the Rolling Stones to back out. According to CBS, they "wanted the Stones to pull the plug on their concert out of solidarity with Palestinians. Roger Waters is a vocal opponent of what he believes is Israel's illegal occupation of Palestine."

The Washington Post reports that the Stones' decision to follow through with their performance could be considered a "setback" for the boycott, divestment and sanctions, or BDS campaign: "The movement seeks to apply international pressure on Israel to end its military occupation of the West Bank, guarantee the right of Palestinian refugees to return to homes they fled or abandoned after 1948, and grant full rights and equality to Arab Palestinian citizens of Israel."

The Times of Israel says some stars have caved to this pressure to boycott. The outlet names Lenny Kravitz, although he cited a scheduling conflict as the reason for his cancellation.

Still, other celebs such as Rihanna and Justin Timberlake have performed in the Holy Land.

The Rolling Stones' concert was delayed so religious fans could attend.

The show was scheduled to start during the Jewish holiday of Shavuot, a time when Orthodox Jews can't drive or handle money. The Huffington Post notes the holiday "celebrates God's giving of the Torah to the Jewish people at Mount Sinai."

The Stones are next scheduled to appear in the Netherlands June 7.

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