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Jewish singer's Spain concert axed over Palestinian issue

A local branch of the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement had campaigned against the concert

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Organizers of an international reggae festival in Spain have canceled a concert by the Jewish American singer Matisyahu after he declined to state his position regarding a Palestinian state.

A local branch of the pro-Palestinian Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement had campaigned against the concert in Benicassim town, accusing Matisyahu of being anti-Palestinian.

Rotototum Sunsplash festival organizers say on their Facebook page they canceled the Aug. 22 concert because the singer declined "to declare himself regarding the war and in particular the right of the Palestinian people to have their own state."

The World Jewish Congress on Sunday slammed the cancellation as anti-Semitic and urged Spanish authorities to take action.

Concert organizers declined to give further comment Tuesday.