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Veteran alternative rock band the Pixies Photo by Haaretz
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The veteran American rock band Pixies canceled their upcoming concert in Israel, the organizers of a festival in which the band was to participate announced on Sunday.

This announcement follows recent concert cancellations by the Klaxons and the Gorillaz Sound System in the wake of a clash between Israeli navy commandos and Turkish peace activists in international waters last Monday, during which soldiers killed nine activists aboard a Gaza-bound aid ship.

The Pixies issued a statement saying that the decision was not taken lightly and that "we'd like to extend our deepest apologies to the fans, but events beyond all our control have conspired against us. We can only hope for better days, in which we will finally present the long awaited visit of the Pixies in Israel."

According to organizers, ticket holders will be able to receive a refund at ticket sales counters starting Monday, June 7 at 9 a.m.

Others, such as Elton John and Rod Stewart, are still planning to play Israel
this summer.