(JNS.org) The British electric pop duo The Pet Shop
Boys are the latest celebrities to voice their support for Israel and reject
the ongoing pressure from anti-Israel BDS (boycott, divestment and sanctions)
groups to shun the Jewish state.
The Pet Shop Boys. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
A group of BDS activists plan on protesting an event
attended by the Pet Shop Boys this week to persuade the musicians to cancel
their Tel Aviv concert.
“Open your eyes to the ugly reality of apartheid Israel,”
reads a poster prepared for the protest, according to Ynet.
But Neil Tennant, the group’s main vocalist, struck back
by attacking the comparison between Israel and apartheid-era South Africa,
which is frequently used by anti-Israel advocates.
“I don’t agree with
this comparison of Israel to apartheid-era South Africa,” Tennant wrote on the
group’s official website, explaining that Israel has “universal suffrage and
equality of rights for all its citizens, both Jewish and Arab.”
South Africa, artists could only play to segregated audiences; in Israel anyone
who buys a ticket can attend a concert,” Tennant added.