Beach Boys Cancel Israel Concert

The Beach Boys call off a concert that was scheduled for November 29 in Tel Aviv.

Ben Ariel ,

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The Beach Boys have called off a concert that was scheduled for November 29 in Tel Aviv, EFE reported on Tuesday.

The local promoter of the cancelled concert, Gad Oron, said he received a brief note informing him that the band had decided to cancel the concert at Tel Aviv's Nokia Palace Arena.

Oron told media that he was not informed of the reasons behind the decision. He said ticket sales were satisfactory, and that he could not see any reasons for the concert being called off.

The band had been scheduled to perform in Israel last July, but the date was postponed to November after the band decided to give a larger concert on the July 4 Independence Day holiday in the United States, according to EFE.

Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza this past summer caused artists such as Neil Young to cancel concerts due to security concerns.

EFE noted that Palestinian Arab groups calling for a boycott of Israel have been attempting for months to talk the Beach Boys out of going to Israel, though it was not immediately known if the campaign had anything to do with the cancellation.

These groups have for years called on singers, musicians and actors who plan to visit Israel to boycott the Jewish state. While some have caved in to the boycott calls, quite a few have rejected them and went ahead with their visits to Israel despite the backlash.

Last year, popular rhythm and blues artist Alicia Keys refused to cave in to pressure by anti-Israel activists and gave a sold out concert in Tel Aviv.

Keys announced that she had decided to go ahead with her concert in Tel Aviv despite calls from a number of anti-Israel activists to boycott the Jewish state.

The pop duo Pet Shop Boys also rejected calls from pro-Arab activists to cancel a Tel Aviv concert. The concert went ahead as scheduled on June 23 of last year.