‘I’ll never stop playing music to suit someone’s political agenda’ and other times artists declined calls to boycott Israel

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While on the road for her Girl on Fire world tour, Alicia Keys performed in Tel Aviv on 4 July 2013. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for dcp)
While on the road for her Girl on Fire world tour, Alicia Keys performed in Tel Aviv on 4 July 2013. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for dcp)

The boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) movement has, in some instances, been successful in encouraging the boycott of Israel, its products, and institutions. Since its establishment, the movement has upheld the simple principle that Palestinians are entitled to the same rights as the rest of humanity. Like the sanctions applied to South Africa during apartheid, the movement is a call to pressure Israel into complying with international law against occupations. 

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