Hungarian rockers keeping Israel date despite profane objections


(JTA) — The Hungarian punk rock band Tankcsapdara said it will play Israel despite some profane and anti-Semitic objections by fans.

The band’s bass player, Lukacs, said last week that the group, which is popular in far-right circles, will play Tel Aviv in June on its European tour despite the criticism on social networks, the news website reported. It will be the band’s first concert in Israel.

“Anyone who knows us knows we do not get involved in politics and ideology,” Lukacs said. “On tour, we want to perform wherever possible.” On Israel, he added, “If Die Toten Hosen, Depeche Mode, Iron Maiden and Metallica play there, why shouldn’t we?”

Reacting to the announcement of the Israel concert, one Facebook user wrote profanities about circumcised penises. Another posted a picture of a kippah emblazoned with the band’s logo.

A third user wished “the artificially-created entity of Israel be wiped off the face of the earth” and wrote profanities about Tankcsapdara’s musicians.

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