Morroco dance festival goes belly up over fears for Israeli dancers
A belly dance festival which was to have been held in the southern Moroccan city of Marrakesh was cancelled Friday over fears for its Israeli dancers, the organiser said.
"I cancelled it because I didn't receive any authorisation and I was afraid for the safety of my participants," festival producer Simona Guzman told AFP.
Islamist members of parliament and pro-Palestinian associations had criticised the invitatation to the Israelis for the May 10 festival.
Criticism over the Israeli presence was first heard last year when the festival was also held in Marrakesh, but the event went off without mishap.
Some 18 countries, including Britain, Japan, Russia and The Netherlands, were due to have taken part in the festival which was first held in Istanbul in 2010.