Pop legends Boney M were forced to drop one of their most famous hits from their set at a music festival in Palestine this week (begs19Jul10) after event officials objected to the song's biblical references.
The '70s group took to the stage in Ramallah on the West Bank as part of the 2010 Palestinian International Festival but they were asked to omit Rivers of Babylon from their show because of religious tensions between the Muslim and Jewish communities in the area.
Israel's occupation of the West Bank has long been an issue of contention, with Palestinians questioning the Jewish claim to the Holy Land.
Festival organisers decided the track's references to the Book of Psalms, detailing the Jewish people's desire to return to the biblical land of Israel, "inappropriate" for the event and requested Boney M skip the tune, reports the Associated Press.
But the decision left the group disappointed because Rivers of Babylon is always a fan favourite.
Frontwoman Maizie Williams says, "I don't know if it is a political thing or what, but they asked us not to do it and we were a bit disappointed that we could not do it because we know that everybody loves this song no matter what."