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Pixies call off Israel concert

Jerusalem: The US rock band Pixies has cancelled a concert in Tel Aviv this week in the wake of Israel`s deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla.

The group`s Tel Aviv promoter, Shuki Weiss, relayed a statement from the band announcing the cancellation "with great regret."

The band did not specify why it was pulling out of the gig, but organizers say the decision was related to last week`s naval raid, which killed nine pro-Palestinian activists.

Various artists have recently come under heavy pressure from activists to boycott Israel because of its treatment of the Palestinians. Elvis Costello recently cancelled a planned concert to protest Israeli policies.

Others, such as Elton John and Rod Stewart, are still planning to play Israel this summer.

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