On their 1998 Bridges to Babylon tour, the Stones played in Istanbul. I don't recall any Armenian groups protesting b/c their appearing in Turkey somehow gave support for Turkey's denial of the Armenian genocide. PACBI, come to grips with reality: the Rolling Stones want to play in places where tens of thousands (and for Israel maybe 100 000, since its the band's first show there) will come out casuaully dressed and screaming to their music, where drinks are readily available before and afterwards, where they don't have to worry about attacks from extremists for appearing and promoting "sinful lifestyle". One of the only such places in the ME where this criteria satisfies the band is Israel- maybe Beirut without sporadic violence would be OK too. But your certaintly not gonna get a crowd if you play in Ramallah, Jenin, or Hebron- the nutcase Jews who live their also wouldn't go.
from the article: Palestinian group urges Rolling Stones to boycott Israel