Alt-rock icons The Pixies have cancelled their first-ever concert in Israel.
“We’d like to extend our deepest apologies to the fans, but events beyond all our control have conspired against us,” said the band in a statement released by concert promoters. “We can only hope for better days, in which we will finally present the long-awaited visit of the Pixies in Israel.”
While the band gave no official reason for the cancellation, concert organizers said their decision was directly linked to Israel’s deadly raid on a flotilla of ships carrying humanitarian aid destined for Gaza last week.
The Pixies were slated to headline the Pic.Nic festival in Tel Aviv. Activist organizations such as Boycott! have been calling on The Pixies to cancel their appearance in the festival. According to the BBC, other acts have also pulled out of the event, including Placebo and Gorillaz.
Quick to play the victim card was concert promoter Shuki Weiss, who sent out his own release claiming Israel was a target of “cultural terrorism,” and that the government should step in and stop it. “I am full of both sorrow and pain in light of the fact that our repeated attempts to present quality acts and festivals in Israel have increasingly been falling victim to what I can only describe as a form of cultural terrorism which is targeting Israel and the arts worldwide.”
Several high-profile artists have cancelled concerts in recent months over Israel’s occupation of Palestine, including Carlos Santana, Gil Scott-Heron, and Elvis Costello.
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