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Pop Agency has bowed to pressure from BDS Jordan, which criticised plans for an Amman show after a Tel Aviv date as representing "normalisation with the Zionist enemy"
By Jon Chapple on 19 Jun 2019
A planned show by American rapper Bhad Bhabie in Amman, the capital of Jordan, has been cancelled following protests from the Jordanian branch of the anti-Israel boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement.
Bhad Bhabie, real name Danielle Bregoli, was due to perform at Amman’s Opera House on 8 July, a day before playing in Tel Aviv, Israel. According to Middle East Monitor, BDS Jordan and Etharrak, a Jordanian group that “opposes normalisation with Israel”, wrote a joint letter to the concert’s promoter, Pop Agency, urging it to cancel the show in light of Bregoli’s plans to play the “Zionist enemy”.
“As a boycott movement opposing normalisation with the Zionist enemy, we consider these actions destructive towards the Palestinian identity,” it reads, “and in violation of the general public rejection of normalisation with the Zionist enemy.”
A statement from Pop Agency claims that “recent statements” by Bregoli (pictured) “violate our values and the contract between us and artist”, leaving it no choice but to cancel.
Haaretz reports Bregoli was brought to the attention of the BDS movement via a series of tweets by Mohammad Alqadi, a Palestinian Arab marathon runner, who called on Jordanians to boycott the singer for her perceived support for Israel.
According to Live Nation’s Bluestone Group, promoter of the Barby (600-cap.), Tel Aviv, date, the 9 July show will go ahead as planned.
BDS – an international movement urging an international boycott of Israel until it withdraws from the Palestinian territories – last year succeeded in convincing several artists, including Lorde and Lana Del Rey, to cancel shows in Tel Aviv.
It also led criticism of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, with BDS-supporting artists including Roger Waters, Wolf Alice and Brian Eno urging a boycott of the event due to Israel’s “grave, decades-old violations of Palestinian human rights”.
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