Heeding the Pressure


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Amnesty International has withdrawn its support from a controversial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

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