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Reggae festival apologises to Matisyahu

Festival re-invites singer to perform

Jewish reggae star Matisyahu has been re-invited to perform at Spanish Reggae Festival Rototom having been dropped earlier this week.

Rototom issued a statement apologising for having asked the Jewish musician to publically support the Palestinians as a condition for performing and invited him to sing as originally scheduled on 22 August.

In a statement released on Wednesday, the festival said: “Rototom publicly apologizes for cancelling Matisyahu’s concert and announced that he has been invited to perform on Saturday August 22 at the festival ".

Last weekend, Rototom rejected Matisyahu from its line-up after he refused a request to publicly back a Palestinian state.

They have since released a statement saying they reject antisemitism or religious discrimination of any kind.

"We respect the Jewish community and ask sincere apologies for what happened” they said in the statement, arguing that cancelling Matisyahu’s performance was a mistake and a result of pressures, threats and coercion from by Valencian Country BDS.”

Source: The Jewish Chronicle

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