CBNNews.com - JERUSALEM, Israel - Palestinian advocacy groups called on former Beatle Paul McCartney to cancel plans to perform in Israel later this month.
The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) and the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign both called on McCartney to cancel the show.
"Performing in Israel at this time is morally equivalent to performing in South Africa at the height of the apartheid era," PACBI's press release read.
"We strongly urge you to uphold the values of freedom, equality and just peace for all by joining this growing boycott against Israeli apartheid. Nothing less would do justice to the legendary legacy of the Beatles," the release stated.
A response from the British branch of StandWithUs, sent to McCartney and his manager, Stuart Bell," said the "blatant lies in the PACBI press release are simply beyond belief."
"The more they call for boycotts, the more people want to come out to prove how fruitless they are and to demonstrate that it is by contact and dialogue -- and indeed by staging concerts such as yours -- that things may hopefully improve. At least when you appear in Tel Aviv, you can expect to have a mixed audience of Jews, Muslims and Christians, something that would impossible in any Arab country," the letter stated.
Earlier this week, ticket sales for McCartney's concert surpassed 25,000. Toward the end of the week, some of the former Beatle's technical staff will arrive to begin setting up for the show.
Source: The Jerusalem Post