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Concert by pro-Israel singer Macias scrapped.

A concert in Mauritius featuring French Jewish singer Enrico Macias has been cancelled because he took part in a pro-Israel rally, the organizer announced Friday.

Organizer Lab Entertainment "finds itself in a situation where holding the concert is seriously compromised if not impossible ...for security reasons but also to avoid a situation which could tarnish the image of our island," it said. The concert was scheduled for Jan. 23.

At issue was Macias' participation in a pro-Israel rally in Paris this month amid the ongoing raids on Gaza, said a Lab Entertainment lawyer, Askok Radakissoon.

"This initiative was condemned by Mauritian political leaders and Islamic groups," he said, adding officials in the capital Port-Louis had also threatened not to allow the concert to take place.

The Indian Ocean island state announced last week it was freezing the activities of Israel's honorary consul to protest the Gaza raids. --AFP

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