Heeding the Pressure

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Following protests and pressure to respect the international call for a cultural boycott of Israel,
Amnesty International has withdrawn its support from a controversial
Leonard Cohen concert fund in Tel Aviv. Israel Discount Bank, a major
sponsor of the concert, helps fund settlement construction in the
Occupied Territories.

"We welcome Amnesty International's withdrawal from this
ill-conceived project which is clearly intended to whitewash Israel's
violations of international law and human rights," said Omar Barghouti
of the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of
Israel.

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