Palestinian supporters protesting Leonard Cohen


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Picketers are planning to protest a Leonard Cohen concert in Belfast because the singer has refused to cancel a scheduled concert in Israel.

The protest, led by the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign, is one of a series that have been taking place at Cohen concerts around the world over the singer’s scheduled Sept. 24 performance at Ramat Gan Stadium in Tel Aviv, according to the Belfast Telegraph.

Cohen also scheduled a tour date in Ramallah the day after the Tel Aviv appearance, but Palestinians canceled the performance when he wouldn’t scrub his Tel Aviv show.

"Palestinian representatives and organizations campaigning throughout the world against the ruthless policies of Israel towards the Palestinian people — and particularly given the recent horrendous military onslaught on Gaza — have pleaded with Cohen to cancel this event in Israel in protest at its policies,” the Ireland Palestine Solidarity Campaign said.

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