Threats Prompt Cancellation of First Irish Dance Competition in Israel

Event's organizers say pro-Palestinian activists attacked feis' Facebook page and protest took place outside dance studio.

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An Irish dance competition that was set to take place in Israel has been canceled, following threats by pro-Palestinian activists.

The Carey Academy said it canceled the "1st Israeli Feis," which was set to take place in Tel Aviv in August, after threatening messages were posted on the event's Facebook page by members of the Irish Palestine Solidarity Campaign and a protest was held outside the academy's dance studio.

"Threatening messages were sent not only to our teachers, but also parents and students," the academy said in a post on the event's Facebook page on Tuesday. "Age, nationality, or religious beliefs do not matter to us We do not want to risk safety of anyone connected to the Carey Academy."

The academy added that the feis was not meant to be anything more than "a celebration of dancing, friendship and joy."

The IPSC, which supports the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement against Israel, denied sending threatening messages, yet hailed the cancelation of the event as a "victory for Palestinian rights."

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