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

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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.
Rolling Stones perform in Israel for first time ever, despite protest
Mick Jagger, the lead singer of British rock group The Rolling Stones, performs on stage at Hayarkon Park in the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv, on June 4, 2014. The Rolling Stones staged a live concert in Tel Aviv as a part of their '14-On-Fire' world tour. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - JUNE 04: Keith Richards and Charlie Watts and Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones perform on stage at Park HaYarkon on June 4, 2014 in Tel Aviv, Israel. (Photo by Guy Prives/Redferns via Getty Images)
TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - JUNE 04: Keith Richards and Charlie Watts and Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones perform on stage at Park HaYarkon on June 4, 2014 in Tel Aviv, Israel. (Photo by Guy Prives/Redferns via Getty Images)
Fans cheer as The Rolling Stones perform on stage at Hayarkon Park in the Mediterranean coastal city of Tel Aviv, on June 4, 2014. The Rolling Stones staged a live concert in Tel Aviv as a part of their '14-On-Fire' world tour. AFP PHOTO / JACK GUEZ (Photo credit should read JACK GUEZ/AFP/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - JUNE 03: Alfred 'Chuck' Leavell, keyboard player for The Rolling Stones, poses for cameras wearing orthodox hat with jewish orthodox men at the Western Wall in the old city on June 3, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. The band is due to play Hayarkon Park in Tel Aviv as part of their world tour. (Photo by Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - JUNE 03: Alfred 'Chuck' Leavell, keyboard player for The Rolling Stones, takes a 'selfie' with his wife and a fan at the Western Wall in the old city on June 3, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. The band is due to play Hayarkon Park in Tel Aviv as part of their world tour. (Photo by Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images)
Lead singer of British band Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger, performs at the Rock in Rio Lisboa music festival at Bela Vista Park in Lisbon on May 29, 2014. Rock in Rio runs from May 25 to June 1, 2014. AFP PHOTO / PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA (Photo credit should read PATRICIA DE MELO MOREIRA/AFP/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - JUNE 03: Alfred 'Chuck' Leavell, keyboard player for The Rolling Stones, stands by the Western Wall in the old city on June 3, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. The band is due to play Hayarkon Park in Tel Aviv as part of their world tour. (Photo by Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images)
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL - JUNE 03: Alfred 'Chuck' Leavell, keyboard player for The Rolling Stones, poses for cameras wearing an orthodox hat with Jewish orthodox men at the Western Wall in the old city on June 3, 2014 in Jerusalem, Israel. The band is due to play Hayarkon Park in Tel Aviv as part of their world tour. (Photo by Ilia Yefimovich/Getty Images)
Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger performs during a concert in Hayrkon Park in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger, leads the rest of the band down the steps, with Keith Richards, front centre, Ronnie wood, right, and drummer Charlie Watts, as the rock group arrive in Ben Gurion airport near Tel Aviv, Israel, Monday, June 2, 2014. The Rolling Stones will play a concert in Israel on upcoming Wednesday. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Rolling Stones singer Mick Jagger, performs with Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, left, and drummer Charlie Watts during a concert in Hayrkon Park in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2014 file photo, the Rolling Stones perform during their concert at Tokyo Dome in Tokyo. Israeli concert promoter Shuki Weiss said Tuesday March 25, 2014 that the legendary band will play in Tel Aviv on June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Shizuo Kambayashi, File)
Spectators enjoy the Rolling Stones concert in Hayrkon Park in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday, June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Spectators watch the Rolling Stones concert in Hayrkon Park in Tel Aviv, Israel, Wednesday June 4, 2014. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
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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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