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Elvis Costello cancels all Israel dates; Singer will not play as a political protest.

Byline: JADE WRIGHT

BIRKENHEAD singer Elvis Costello has cancelled his gigs in Israel as a political protest.

Citing what he called the "intimidation" and "humiliation" of Palestinians he announced that he would not be playing those dates.

Elvis said on his web site: "It is after considerable ECHO contemplation that I have lately arrived at the decision that I must withdraw from the two performances scheduled in Israel on June 30 and the July 1. mobile For news/sport/text ECHO to I must believe that the audience for the coming concerts would have contained many people who question the policies of their government on settlement and deplore conditions that visit intimidation, humiliation or much worse on Palestinian life 67800 civilians in the name of national security."

Elvis, who was supposed to play the Caesarea Amphitheatre on June 30 and July 1 with his new band The Sugarcanes, had been a target of the Palestinian Solidarity Campaign who urged him to boycott the gigs.

The singer-songwriter is the latest music star to cancel performances in Israel - rock guitarist Carlos Santana and rap forefather Gil Scott-Heron have also called off shows.

Speaking at London''s Royal Festival Hall, Gil said he hated war and wouldn't play Israel.

Elvis Costello plays the Philharmonic Hall on June 28.

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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:May 19, 2010
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