Israeli jazz ensemble cancels Turkish show

AP , Sunday 26 Jun 2011

An Israeli jazz ensemble says it has canceled an appearance in Turkey because of threats by pro-Islamic protesters

Itamar Erez says his Adama ensemble was to have played in Istanbul over the weekend, at the invitation of the Akbank Sanat foundation. But he says after the Israeli consulate publicized the show, it drew the attention of anti-Israel radicals who threatened to disrupt it.

He said the ensemble canceled the show at Akbank Sanat's suggestion.

A peace concert in Istanbul featuring an Israeli singer was canceled for security concerns earlier this month after pro-Islamic protesters threatened to disrupt it.
Relations between the two countries deteriorated sharply last year after a deadly Israeli raid on a Turkish ship trying to breach Israel's Gaza blockade.

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