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- Posted on May 18th 2010 10:45AM by Chris Mugan
The British artist announced via his website that he had cancelled the gigs set for June 30 and July 1. "I must believe that the audience for the coming concerts would have contained many people who question the policies of their government on settlement and deplore conditions that visit intimidation, humiliation or much worse on Palestinian civilians in the name of national security," he said.
In response, Israeli sport and culture minister Limor Livnat lambasted Costello's decision, AFP reported. "An artist who boycotts his fans in Israel is not worthy of performing in front of them," he said.
Costello follows in the wake of Gil Scott-Heron, who withdrew from a gig in Tel Aviv under dramatic circumstances – after protesters interrupted his show at the Royal Festival Hall, London.
Meanwhile, UK fans of the bespectacled singer are in better luck as he is due to follow up a solo set as part of London's Meltdown festival with a short tour. Dates at Birmingham (June 21), Oxford (June 23) and Cardiff (June 24) follow the same one-man format, before he rejoins his current band the Sugarcanes in Liverpool (June 28).