Anti-Israel protest at Camden's Electric Ballroom

By Jennifer Lipman, November 24, 2010
the Electric Ballroom

the Electric Ballroom

A dozen anti-Israel protesters interrupted a concert by 1980s punk bank The Fall in Camden on Tuesday evening.

The band, fronted by singer Mark E Smith, is set to perform in Tel Aviv in January 2010. Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) demonstrators calling for The Fall to boycott the date handed out leaflets outside of the Electric Ballroom venue.

On a Facebook page titled “Please don't play for Apartheid Israel” one of the protesters wrote: “The staff on the door at the Electric Ballroom were good.

“A couple of passers by questioned the effectiveness of boycott but weren't unpleasant.”

They added: “Unfortunately we ran out of leaflets because we didn't realise how big the venue [w]as - something to remember to check for next time.”

In the last year artists including Elvis Costello and the Pixies have called off Israel performances in the wake of pressure from pro-Palestinian groups. However others including Johnny Rotten and Missy Elliot have defied calls to cancel.

Last updated: 4:24pm, November 24 2010