Several leading singers announce that they are canceling their participation in an 80th birthday concert with singer Ariel Zilber after he publicly expressed support and donated money to a Jewish extremist convicted of killing three members of a Palestinian family.
Shalom Hanoch and Aviv Geffen both announce they were pulling out of the concert, while Arkadi Duchin tells Ynet he is also considering withdrawing.
“I am completely opposed to his support for this issue,” Duchin says.
There are also calls on social media to boycott Zilber’s music.
Zilber has publicly spoken out in support of Amiram Ben Uliel and donated to a fundraising campaign aimed at freeing him from prison.
Ben Uliel was found guilty in 2020 of three counts of murder, two counts of attempted murder, arson, and conspiring to commit a racially motivated crime, as part of a “terrorist act.”
He is serving three life sentences plus 20 years for the 2015 firebombing in the West Bank village of Duma, in which Riham and Saad Dawabsha were killed along with their 18-month-old son, Ali Saad. Only the couple’s 5-year-old son, Ahmed, survived the terror attack, with extensive burns.