The top-selling British musical group The Pet Shop Boys will perform in Israel next week. On the band's official website singer Neil Tennant discussed a proposed boycott against playing the Jewish state. He wrote:
"I don't agree with this comparison of Israel to apartheid-era South Africa. It's a caricature. Israel has (in my opinion) some crude and cruel policies based on defence; it also has universal suffrage and equality of rights for all its citizens both Jewish and Arab. In apartheid-era South Africa, artists could only play to segregated audiences; in Israel anyone who buys a ticket can attend a concert. Neil x"
The band will play in Tel Aviv on June 23rd at Nokia Arena. They have performed in Israel in the past as well. Their latest album was released this year. The group is the latest in a series of top name international acts to perform in Israel this summer including Barbra Streisand, Alicia Keys and others.