The Pet Shop Boys are scheduled to perform in Tel Aviv on June 23, and — surprise! — the “Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions” crowd has its knickers twisted into bunches. British Islamic/anti-Zionist group Innovative Minds went after the musicians, demanding that they “stand with the oppressed Palestinians” by refusing to perform in “apartheid Israel.”
— inminds.com (@InmindsCom) June 16, 2013
No dice this time, BDS bullies.
Incoming PET TEXT. Click here to open > http://t.co/y1f9ZoU8ux
— Pet Shop Boys (@petshopboys) June 17, 2013
Pet Shop Boys singer Neil Tennant wasn’t about to bow to the Palestinian propaganda:
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.
Not a perfect statement, but a world apart from pro-BDS artists like Elvis Costello.
— Raphael Gluck ツ (@einfal) June 17, 2013
— Avi Mayer (@AviMayer) June 17, 2013
pet shop boys are pretty smart people http://t.co/85xBBvvGFx
— Irish Brad Essex! (@BradEssex) June 19, 2013
BDS FAILs again. Pet Shop Boys singer defends Israel concert http://t.co/EsatWe3EDW
— Miguel Alejandro (@Miguel_Ale_NY) June 19, 2013
Meanwhile, the anti-Israel propaganda continues:
— inminds.com (@InmindsCom) June 19, 2013