Anti-Israel Protester Disrupts Concert

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CBNNews.com - TULSA, Spain - Israeli singer Achinoam Nini, performing in Spain over the weekend, was interrupted on stage by a protester waving a Palestinian flag and shouting anti-Israel epithets.

Security guards removed him from the concert hall and local police took him into custody.

Shaken to tears, Nini left the stage, but returned to an audience that affirmed their affection with applause as they called out her stage name, "Noa."

Visibly upset by the incident, she managed to control her emotions and continue the concert.

"We have already encountered anti-Semitism in London," her producer, Ofer Pesanzon, said afterward, "but this is the first time it's happening in Spain -- and with such intensity," he said.

In 2002, protesters clamored on stage during a concert in London, grabbing her microphone from her hands.

"There were close to 80 protestors outside who shouted slogans against us. They prepared pictures of Achinoam wearing a soldier's helmet and other posters with anti-Israel slogans," he said.

"They launched a war against Achinoam because she's not afraid to say what she thinks, and therefore she represents Israel in their eyes. I tried talking with them, but I could tell they had been brainwashed. It was impossible to communicate with them," her producer said.

Achinoam's seven-concert tour in Spain to promote her latest release sold out well in advance. Her newest album has been well received there.

"It was a very moving and sad concert," she said afterward. "It's a shame it had to happen, but it made me proud to be an Israeli," she said.

"I hope that my next show would be at a peace concert of Israelis and Palestinians," she said. "This will prove to these demonstrators how wrong they are."

Source: YNet news

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