Jello Biafra pulls out of Israel concert

By Jennifer Lipman, June 29, 2011

The former lead singer of the Dead Kennedys has pulled out of a concert in Tel Aviv this weekend, but says he will still go to Israel.

Jello Biafra was set to play in Tel Aviv for the first time on July 2 with his band the Guantanamo School of Medicine.

But the punk star, who was the subject of a campaign by from boycott, divestment and sanctions groups urging him to cancel, said the concert would not go ahead.

He said: "This does not mean I or anyone else in the band are endorsing or joining lockstep with the boycott of all things Israel.

"I am going to Israel and Palestine to check things out myself - and may yet conclude that playing for people in the belly of the beast was the right thing to do in the first place."

Last updated: 4:59pm, June 29 2011