Protests greet Israeli singer Noa in Spain

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Around 50 pro-Palestinian activists Friday staged a protest at a concert by Israeli singer Noa in Barcelona over what they said was her support for the Israeli offensive in Gaza earlier this year.

Madrid - Around 50 pro-Palestinian activists Friday staged a protest at a concert by Israeli singer Noa in Barcelona over what they said was her support for the Israeli offensive in Gaza earlier this year.

The activists stood up, whistled and booed, waved Palestinian flags and scarves and held up signs reading "Boycott Israel," Spanish media reported.

Several thousand others however drowned out the protests with applause at the show in a city park, part of celebrations marking the national day of the northeastern region of Catalonia.

Noa sang a song in the Catalan language and issued an appeal for peace in the Middle East.

"My dream is to attend and sing at the signing of the peace treaty between Israel and Palestine. I will never abandon this dream," she said in the Catalan language.

A leftist-ecologist party in Catalonia, the ICV-EUiA, has also criticised her alleged backing for Israel's three-week offensive in Gaza, launched last December, in which more than 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis died.

The head of the semi-autonomous government, Jose Montilla, sought to downplay the protest.

"It was two dozen people who have done a disservice to the Palestinian cause," he told reporters afterwards.

AFP / Expatica

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