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

Celtic fans urge Rod Stewart not to break 'cultural boycott' of Israel
29 Jan
2017

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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