For Immediate Release

Palestine Solidarity Campaign Thanks Elvis Costello for Cancelling Concert in Israel

Costello has announced on his website that ‘after considerable
contemplation that I have lately arrived at the decision that I must withdraw
from the two performances scheduled in Israel on the
30th of June and the 1st of July.’

He continued: ‘there are occasions
when merely having your name added to a concert schedule may be interpreted as a
political act that resonates more than anything that might be sung and it may be
assumed that one has no mind for the suffering of the

Costello’s decision to cancel his concerts in Israel was taken
just days after the announcement that Gil Scott-Heron was also cancelling his
performance there.

Sarah Colborne, Director of Campaigns and Operations
at Palestine Solidarity Campaign, said ‘we are increasingly seeing artists
taking a stand against allowing themselves to be used by the Israeli state to
normalise their occupation and apartheid policies against Palestinians.
Principled artists understood it was unacceptable to play under the Apartheid
South African regime in Sun City. Principled
artists and performers are holding firm to such principles in the
21st century, taking a clear stand for peace and justice, and not
performing under a regime in Israel which is engaged in an illegal
occupation and denies Palestinians their basic human rights. We urged Elvis
Costello to respect the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions
on Israel, and our members and
supporters also deluged him expressing their concerns. We are very pleased that
Elvis Costello has taken such a stand.’

Elvis Costello signed off his
announcement ‘with the hope for peace and understanding’. Elvis Costello’s
decision not to perform in Israel brings us closer to that
peace, understanding and justice which is so desperately

 Press contact: Sarah
Colborne 07971 424 296

PSC Letter
to Elvis Costello:


Costello statement in full:



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The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) aims to raise public awareness about the occupation of Palestine and the struggle of the Palestinian people. PSC seek to bring pressure on both the British and Israeli government to bring their policies in line with international law. PSC is an independent, non-governmental and non-party political organisation with members from communities across the UK.

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