Welsh pop veteran Tom Jones has come under pressure to cancel his upcoming
concert in Israel. The 73- year-old musical icon is scheduled to perform at the
Nokia Stadium in Tel Aviv on October 26.
According to the Wales Online
news website, the pressure is coming from the Cardiff branch of the Palestine
Solidarity Campaign, which has launched an online petition demanding that Jones
drop the Tel Aviv performance from his tour, which also includes a concert in
the United Arab Emirates.
The Palestine Solidarity Campaign describes
itself as a British-based “independent, non-governmental and non-party
political” organization that works towards “peace and justice for
The petition, which has more than 1,200 signatures,
includes an open letter to Jones.
“Your show will breach the Palestinian
call to boycott Israel until it complies with international law and ends its
human rights abuses of the Palestinian people,” the letter says.
performance in Israel today is akin to a performance in apartheid South Africa.
Tel Aviv is today’s Sun City.”
A Facebook page calling on Jones to cancel
his concert has also been created.
Artists performing in Israel routinely
come under pressure from Israel boycott groups.
Earlier this month, Eric
Burdon of The Animals apparently canceled and then reinstated his concert in Tel
Aviv following boycott calls.
Alicia Keys, who appeared at the Nokia
Arena in July, ignored similar demands for her to nix her Tel Aviv appearance,
and even shared the stage with Israeli singer Idan Raichel.