Pixies to perform in Israel next summer
An Israeli promoter for the Pixies says the American alternative rock band will perform in Israel next summer — four years after the band canceled a concert after a deadly Israeli raid on a pro-Palestinian Turkish aid flotilla to Gaza.
The Nidar Oz publicity group said Monday the Pixies canceled its 2010 concert because of the “tense security situation.” It didn’t elaborate why the band has decided to perform in Israel now.
A number of high-profile musicians have refused to perform in Israel because of its policies toward the Palestinians, including British rockers Elvis Costello and Roger Waters.
The Pixies’ website lists an appearance with American rockers Soundgarden in Tel Aviv on June 17 and 18.
UAE sentences American to 1 year
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates
A court in the United Arab Emirates sentenced eight people including an American to up to a year in prison Monday after being convicted in connection with a satirical video about youth culture in Dubai.
The video they produced and uploaded to the Internet was a spoof documentary of would-be “gangsta” youth in the Gulf Arab city-state. The state-owned daily The National said they were accused of “defaming the image of United Arab Emirates society abroad.” Supporters of the defendants reported that they were charged under a 2012 cybercrimes law that tightened penalties for challenging authorities.
Shezanne Cassim, a 29-year-old U.S. citizen from Woodbury, Minn., became the public face of the defendants after his family launched an effort to publicize his months-long incarceration after his arrest in April.
Cassim, who was born in Sri Lanka and moved to Dubai for work after graduating from the University of Minnesota in 2006, was sentenced Monday to a year in prison followed by deportation and received a 10,000 dirham ($2,725) fine, according to family spokeswoman Jennifer Gore.