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In recent years, the Palestinians have scored several small victories, persuading some European pension funds to divest themselves of firms involved in West Bank settlement construction, for example. Several international artists, including Elvis Costello and the Pixies, have canceled performances in Israel to protest Israeli policies.

Another band, Boney M, was ordered by Palestinian concert organizers not to sing its hit “Rivers of Babylon,” which quotes a biblical passage referring to the Jewish people’s yearning to return to the biblical land of Israel.

Israel says the economic impact of the boycott campaign has been negligible and accused the activists of promoting hatred against the Jewish state.

Yossi Kuperwasser, the director general of Israel’s Strategic Affairs Ministry, said “anything happening to promote peace,” such as musical performances or academic conferences, “should be accepted by the Palestinians.” Instead, he said, the cancellation of such events reflects a campaign by the Palestinians to delegitimize Israel.

“They don’t accept Israel as a Jewish state as a fact, let alone its right to exist,” said Mr. Kuperwasser, whose office monitors what it says is incessant incitement against Israel in Palestinian society.

• Mohammed Daraghmeh contributed to this report from Ramallah, West Bank.