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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.

Rolling Stones Rock Tel Aviv in First Ever Israel Concert

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steel4cal June 05 2014 at 3:54 PM

The Palestinians started a war and lost. They lost land. They started another war and lost.
When the Palestinians stop killing civilians, the world might view them as humans.
So far, this is not the case.

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commonsenseman1 June 05 2014 at 4:00 PM

Palestinians are terrorists and murderers. Seriously no one remembers the Munich olympics?? These people have sworn to destroy Isreal and people don't see a problem with that? The left has gone wacky on this one, I just can't go along with it.

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paulzahn76 June 05 2014 at 3:58 PM

I love Pink Floyd, and am appreciative of the solo work of Roger Waters, but he has no F'ing idea of what he is talking about on this issue. He would be better off going to Israel and playing music and sharing his beliefs with the people of Israel than calling for a boycott. Only when the people who call themselves Palestinians agree to stop attempting to kill Israeli citizens and actually negotiate for peace, will this conflict end. Calling for the destruction of Israel doesn't engender peace.

I would also note that there are many Arab citizens of Israel who enjoy the full benefits of citizenship, including freedom to practice their religion. Something you won't find in most Middle Eastern countries.

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dennis June 05 2014 at 4:03 PM

My views of Pink Floyd just chnaged dramatically....and not on the plus side. Their views are their own as are the Stones views. Give this people, race, class and money envy crap a rest.

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mimsysc June 05 2014 at 3:55 PM

palis destroy everything they have ever been given,,, they kill their own children, all I need to know

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hagman3926 June 05 2014 at 3:55 PM

PINK FLOYD can go jump in the ocean. Dummies

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bnc48 June 05 2014 at 4:14 PM

The STONES rock, always have, always will. **** the political bullshit Roger Waters it's only rock n' roll.

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hillpeabody bnc48 June 06 2014 at 12:11 AM

Yea, greedy rock and roll, nothing else.

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commonsenseman1 June 05 2014 at 4:03 PM

And didn't Pink Floyd recently have an uproar over the anti-semite sets of their concerts? I guess their racism is further explained here.

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lynnepeco commonsenseman1 June 05 2014 at 9:17 PM

Roger Waters should mind his own f-ing business!!! Imagine the nerve of a BRIT trying to tell Israel what to do. Oh, the irony of it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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ram4131 June 05 2014 at 4:09 PM

Can't there just be a concert, fans get together to listen for the first time in their country a legendary band? Lighten-up Pink, of few hours of non politics is good for the soul.

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pilachr.karl ram4131 June 05 2014 at 5:38 PM

when you are pro israeli there is only one side to a story or [history]; when you say there is another side to the story , you are automatically considered antisemite

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donald.gorobegko June 05 2014 at 4:20 PM

It's easy for them to say and have an opinion, about what they think is right and wrong for other people. Just remember this, those people sleep and live in a safe place.

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