Rolling Stones Play Gig In Israel Despite Pink Floyd's Wishes

The Rolling Stones went ahead with their plans to perform their first ever concert in Israel despite being asked by members of Pink Floyd to cancel.

In an open letter published in Salon, the band urged the Stones to cancel the show to demonstrate solidarity with the Palestinian people as part of the "Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions" movement, which launched in 2005. Its supporters want to end what they call "Israeli Apartheid."

"So, to the bands that intend to play Israel in 2014, we urge you to reconsider," the letter reads. "Playing Israel now is the moral equivalent of playing Sun City at the height of South African apartheid; regardless of your intentions, crossing the picket line provides propaganda that the Israeli government will use in its attempts to whitewash the policies of its unjust and racist regime."

The Stones played the gig at Hayarkon Park in the Mediterranean coastal city of Tel Aviv on June 4.

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