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The Matisyahu Israel boycott controversy, explained

Posted by Steve Schram on June 08, 2016 at 10:54 AM

Originally published on August 19, 2015 on Vox by Zack Beauchamp.

Update: The Rototom festival has reversed itself, reinstating Matisyahu's invitation to perform. Also, the Valencia BDS chapter issued a statement defending its decision but stating that it had acted outside the cultural boycott guidelines outlined by the larger BDS movement.

Over the weekend, American reggae singer Matisyahu, who is Jewish, was booted from Spain's Rototom Sunsplash music festival. According to the festival's organizers, they canceled his performance because Matisyahu refused to issue a statement endorsing a Palestinian state.

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