WOMAD urged to drop Israeli singer

Israeli singer Victoria Hanna is scheduled to perform at the New Plymouth festival in March.
Israeli singer Victoria Hanna is scheduled to perform at the New Plymouth festival in March. Photo credit: Facebook

A Palestinian advocacy group is calling for the withdrawal of an Israeli singer from the WOMAD lineup.

Victoria Hanna is scheduled to perform at the New Plymouth festival in March.

But the Palestine Solidarity Network says her attendance would breach the international boycott movement known as BDS (Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions).

Hanna's visit is "part of a propaganda tour for the Israeli state", the group said on Sunday.

"Just as most New Zealanders stood with black South Africans in the fight against apartheid in South Africa, we must also stand in solidarity with the Palestinian victims of Israeli apartheid."

The call comes after Kiwi pop star Lorde cancelled plans to perform in Israel in solidarity with Palestinian rights campaigners.

The BDS movement, launched in 2005 aims to end Israel's occupation of what it says is Palestinian land.

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