Band forced to cancel Israel tour; POLITICS.
JUSTICE Minister Alan Shatter yesterday hit out at activists who forced trad band Dervish to pull out of a concert tour of Israel.
The group were due to go on the three-date visit at the invitation of friend and musician from the country called Avshalom.
But after an "avalanche of negativity" and "venom" directed towards them on social media websites they decided to cancel.
Mr Shatter said: "The Irish Palestinian Solidarity Group's action in directing its members to 'target' the website of Dervish to intimidate the band into cancelling their planned concerts in Israel is nothing other than cyber-bullying."
He added he understood the band's decision but said "it is a great pity the bullying tactics of the IPSG worked".
Mr Shatter said if the IPSG were in any way interested in promoting peace they would recognise the value of cultural exchanges.
FURIOUS J Alan Shatter