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Israeli singer at Morocco jazz festival stirs controversy

An Israeli singer’s participation at a jazz festival in the Moroccan city of Tangier is stirring controversy in a country that is usually perceived as the least unfriendly to Israel.

Some locals have called for the cancellation of the upcoming performances of Noam Vazana, an Israeli-born vocalist, scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the Tanjazz Festival.

In response to these calls, promoted by the local chapter of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, the organizer of the event told the Moroccan edition of Huffpost, in remarks picked up by AFP: “Noam Vazana is Dutch, she lives in Amsterdam. That’s not really a Zionist characteristic. But I don’t even want to enter into this ridiculous debate.”

Vazana is set to perform in a joint concert with an Istanbul-based singer named Teema.

She addressed the controversy in a Facebook post, saying that in recent days she has faced “a lot of pressure from BDS to cancel my shows in Morocco,” but that there have also been “beautiful words of welcome from listeners from my previous 2 tours in the country.”

She added that it “was very moving to read your hundreds of loving comments. Thank you all for showing your support! I look forward to the concerts this weekend.”

In a previous post, she said that “this is a concert about cultural diversity, not politics. Music brings people together and that’s all we want to do in Tangier.”

In the last 24 hours I've been receiving a lot of pressure from BDS to cancel my shows in Morocco. But there have been…

Posted by Nani Noam Vazana on Thursday, September 14, 2017

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