Rolling Stones give legendary Tel Aviv performance despite BDS pressure

The Rolling Stones with frontman Mick Jagger in a concert at Hyde Park in London in 2013. On Wednesday, the band performed in Israel for the first time. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( The Rolling Stones performed their first concert in Israel on Wednesday night before a crowd of 50,000 fans despite Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) activists pressuring the band to cancel the show. Most notably, Pink Floyd frontman and anti-Israel activist Roger Waters in May had publicly called on the band not to perform in Israel.

The band took the stage in Tel Aviv's Hayarkon Park and performed 19 songs during the two-hour show.

"Good evening Tel Aviv, Happy Shavuot, We are the Rolling Stones!" frontman Mick Jagger said in Hebrew.

The start time of the concert was pushed back by half an hour to allow those observing Shavuot to arrive at the event comfortably after the holiday ended that evening.

Prior to the concert, Rolling Stones band members visited the Western Wall and took part in the tradition of placing notes in the wall upon arriving in Israel.

Posted on June 5, 2014 .