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September 09, 2016

N.Y. Club Drops Black Lives Matter Benefit in Israel Dispute

A popular New York City cabaret has canceled a concert to raise money for Black Lives Matter because of the antiracism network’s criticism of Israel, writes The New York Times. In a message to participants in the benefit set to take place Sunday, the owners of Broadway venue Feinstein’s/54 Below cited a platform issued this summer by Black Lives Matter affiliates that accused Israel of “genocide” against Palestinians and endorsed boycotts targeting the country.

The owners said they “strongly believe in and support the general thrust of the goals and objectives” of the movement but “we can’t support these positions” on Israel. A Black Lives Matter spokesman did not respond to requests for comment. Actress Tonya Pinkins, who was directing the 54 Below show, said many of the speakers and performers will take part in a Black Lives Matter benefit at another New York club on Sept. 18.