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Second Israeli artist cancels shows due to 'green passport'

A second Israeli artist has cancelled her August shows due to the country’s reintroduction of the “green passport.”

Sarit Baruch, a DJ, even changed her Facebook profile photo to include the words, “say no to the green passport.”

She explained her decision in a post.

“With great sorrow, but also with pride, I announce that I will not be coming to play at parties and events that require a ‘green note,’” she wrote on Facebook.

“After much deliberation, and inspired by Matti Caspi who canceled all his performances until the end of the green pass restrictions, I decided that I too would not give a hand to the selection, exclusion, turning away and to the separation being imposed on us.”

Matti Caspi announced last week that he was cancelling his shows because he refused to “cooperate with dictatorship or fascism.”

"I would rather disappoint myself and not perform, than disappoint even two people who will want to come to my performances and will not be allowed to because we have not been vaccinated," he said. "I will only come to the shows if all the restrictions are removed and anyone who wants to will be allowed to come to my shows."

Baruch followed a few days later.

“Yesterday I canceled my show at Gagarin (a Tel Aviv nightclub) – and until the ‘green passport’ is over, for me all the shows and events that require the ‘terrible passport’ will be canceled.”

“Hoping for better days when we will soon get back our freedom and, most importantly, to being a tribe of brothers as well.”

The Israeli government reintroduced the green passport, effective July 29, after cancelling it on June 1. The restrictions, which prevent entry to certain venues to the unvaccinated, were reimposed as Israel's COVID infections began to pick up pace again despite a very high vaccination rate in the country.

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