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News :: International
One Million Voices concerts cancelled: threats of violence
15 Oct 2007
Tel Aviv peace concert cancelled: Palestinian participants threatened
A highly instructive incident, where obstacles to Mideast peace are concerned. "Tel Aviv peace concert cancelled," by Etgar Lefkovits for the Jerusalem Post:
A Tel Aviv concert in support of a two-state solution, based on the 1967 lines, has been cancelled, organizers said Sunday.
The move comes just days after a simultaneous concert planned in the West Bank city of Jericho was called off due to security concerns.
The two events, which were scheduled to take place on Thursday, had been planned for over a year by the US-based One Voice organization as part of an international campaign to collect a million signatures in favor of an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement based on the 1967 lines.
A spokesman for the Tel Aviv office of the organization was not immediately available for comment.
The group had previously said as late as this weekend that the Tel Aviv concert would take place even after the Jericho event had been cancelled.
"For security reasons we cannot hold the concert at this time," Nisreen Shahin, Executive Director, One Voice Palestine said on Friday.
Shahin added that Palestinian participants had been threatened, and noted that the political situation in the Palestinian territories was too unstable for such an event at this time.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas issued a statement late Thursday distancing himself from the planned event, and emphasizing that his office had no connection to the concert.
Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat and his son are members of the group's honorary board of advisors, Shahin said.
The Jericho event had previously drawn criticism by a Palestinian terror organization, the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, for its attempt to normalize ties with Israel.
A Palestinian internet posting had threatened to "wipe out" the Palestinian offices of the organization, a group spokeswoman said.

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