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January 26, 2017

Rod visits New York Celtic Club

And Celtic fans ask for Rod's support in online petition.

posted by Mike Walton

Celtic fans have started a petition asking Rod if he would cancel his upcoming concert in Israel.

Celtic supporters have regularly demonstrated against Israel and in support of Palestine at matches, And as Rod is a fellow fan, he has been asked to cancel his gig in Tel Aviv on June 14 and show support.

The petition currently has over 800 signatures so far and the petition, posted on, reads: Dear Rod! We are shocked at your recent decision to breach the international cultural boycott of Israel and appeal to you to reconsider your decision. “As a life-long Celtic fan you must be well aware of the special affinity our fans have with the Palestinian people and their struggle for freedom.

“Israel openly uses culture as a form of propaganda to justify its illegal occupation of Palestine. Just as South African anti-apartheid activists called for an international boycott which led to the downfall of the apartheid regime, Palestinians are asking for a boycott of Israel as part of the Boycott Divestment Sanctions (BDS) campaign. “As Celtic fans we support the Palestinian-led BDS movement for freedom, justice and equality.Palestinians are entitled to the same rights as the rest of humanity!
"Thousands of artists across the world now refuse to perform in Israel. We are asking you to add your name to that list. Please cancel your concert!”

Celtic fans' support for Palestine is well known, with regular flag displays taking place. In August, supporters raised £176,076 for Palestinian charities after the club were charged by UEFA over a fans display during their Champions League qualifying match against Hapoel Be'er Sheva.

On a lighter note Rod called into The Parlour and The New York Celtic supporters club this week while on a promotional tour of the USA to promote his upcoming tour with Cyndi Lauper..The Parlour was also visited by some of our US members recently who were seen flying the flag.

Pictures Thanks to Vicky Phillips Marrow
Montage By Tommy Kevitt

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