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Bruno Mars’ Malaysia concert caught in cross hairs of anti-Israel boycott

Malaysian fans of American pop star Bruno Mars have mixed feelings about him performing in Kuala Lumpur on September 17 due to his alleged support of the Israeli regime.

Social media manager Vanessa, who has been a fan of his since 2010, said she initially thought of getting tickets but decided against it after learning about Mars’ gig in Tel Aviv.

“This genocide against Palestine has been happening for decades now.

“Mars should step forward and condemn the Israeli government, as there have been many instances of the Israel military committing atrocities against Palestinians.

“Staying silent on the matter means you’re ignorant or complicit,” said the 24-year-old.

Sharing a similar sentiment was mental health therapist and corporate trainer Alia Alias, who said she refused to buy tickets despite being a huge fan of Mars.

“I didn’t think much about the concert at first until I saw BDS Malaysia’s statement.

“I know that the organisation does its research, which is why I’m choosing not to go,” said Alia, 35.

She said cancelling the Mars concert would not be a big deal.

“We have [English-Albanian singer] Dua Lipa and [American pop rock band] Lany coming over, and I’m sure they will make up for it,” Alia said.

However, she doubted that the concert would be scrapped just because there were people who are upset with Mars.

“These things take a long time to plan. But I wouldn’t be surprised if there will be a mini protest outside the venue,” she added.

Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions (BDS) Malaysia, a non-violent Palestinian-led movement promoting boycott, divestment and economic sanctions against Israel, has called for a boycott of the concert.

It said Mars had remained silent about Israel’s ongoing aggression in Palestine and even performed