Sunday, 29 January 2017 18:09

Celtic fans urge Rod Stewart not to break 'cultural boycott' of Israel

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Fans of Scottish football club Celtic have launched a petition urging Rod Stewart, a lifelong fan of the team, to cancel an upcoming concert in Israel.

Celtic supporters are demanding Stewart reconsider playing Tel Aviv on 14 June as part of a worldwide tour.

The club's fans are known for their support for the Palestinian cause – last year it faced a fine after fans waved Palestinian flags during a match against an Israeli team.

In response, fans set up a fundraising campaign called #matchthefineforpalestine, which aimed to ensure that the fine would "make a positive contribution".

That campaign raised more than £172,000 for two Palestinian charities within a few days, dwarfing the eventual £8,615 fine handed down by UEFA, European football’s governing body, for the fans’ behaviour.

The club was fined £16,000 in 2014 over a similar incident during a match against Iceland’s KR Reykjavik.

Stewart’s planned concert in Tel Aviv will the final leg of his worldwide tour. He previously played in Israel in 2010.

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