Elliott Urged To Scrap Tel Aviv Gig

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July 14, 2010 | 7:35am EST

Missy Elliott has been urged to scrap a planned gig in Israel on Thursday to protest against the country’s policy towards Palestinians in Gaza.

The hip-hop star is set to take to the stage at Gane HaTaarucha in Tel Aviv for her first ever show in the country.

But she’s been called on to axe the concert by officials at Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East – they are urging her to make a stand about the ongoing land conflict in the region.

Campaign workers hope Elliott will follow in the footsteps of Elvis Costello, The Pixies and Santana, who have all cancelled recent shows in the country.

On an online petition page, they write, “On July 15, rapper Missy Elliott is scheduled to play in Israel. As a member of a visible minority, and someone who has long contributed to various social causes, Ms. Elliott may have a sensitivity to the plight of the oppressed.

“Santana, Elvis Costello, The Pixies and other prominent performers have recently cancelled concerts in Israel in solidarity with the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel in 2005.

“Please take action now by completing the below. Your e-mail will be sent to Elliott’s Manager in New York City.”