Performers and Israeli BDS

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Michelle
Performers and Israeli BDS

I thought an omnibus thread about performers who are following or not following the BDS movement (that is, refusing or not refusing to play in Israel) might be useful, since there are a number of stories out right now about various performers who are either cancelling or being pressured to cancel performances in Israel.

Elvis Costello respects the BDS call and pulls out of Israeli concerts.

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Only two weeks after British rock icon Elvis Costello told The Jerusalem Post that the only answer to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is “dialogue and reconciliation,” he decided to take himself out of the equation by cancelling his two shows scheduled for June 30 and July 1 at the Caesaerea Amphitheater.

Costello posted an announcement on his Web site over the weekend explaining his decision to join the boycott of Israel. “There are occasions when merely having your name added to a concert schedule may be interpreted as a political act that resonates more than anything that might be sung and it may be assumed that one has no mind for the suffering of the innocent,” he wrote.

Saying he couldn’t imagine receiving another invitation to perform in Israel, Costello wrote that since the conflict was “actually too grave and complex to be addressed in a concert, then it is also quite impossible to simply look the other way… sometimes a silence in music is better than adding to the static.”

Michelle

What I particularly like about this story is that he had made a statement two weeks ago saying he was going to play in Israel as planned, but then, after thinking about it, he came to a different conclusion -- and he had the courage to change his mind and say so.  He's getting a rough ride from the Jerusalem Post article I quoted above (if you read on).  The slant of the piece is clearly against his decision.  And he must have known he'd be vilified.

Good for him.

Unionist

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One lives in hope that music is more than mere noise, filling up idle time, whether intending to elate or lament.

Then there are occasions when merely having your name added to a concert schedule may be interpreted as a political act that resonates more than anything that might be sung and it may be assumed that one has no mind for the suffering of the innocent.

I must believe that the audience for the coming concerts would have contained many people who question the policies of their government on settlement and deplore conditions that visit intimidation, humiliation or much worse on Palestinian civilians in the name of national security.

[url=http://www.elviscostello.com/#/news/it-is-after-considerable-contemplati... Costello's full statement[/url]

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

I love the Elvis Costello show on CTV - he has on the most amazing guests, and he is incredibly talented. I don't have an Elvis Costello album yet - any suggestions?

ps: I apologise for the thread drift.

Star Spangled C...

Oh. So Elvis Costello, the guy who once called Ray Charles a "blind, ignorant nigger", is boycotting Israel? Wow. I cower in awe of his moral authority.

Michelle

Heh.  And yet, apartheid supporters at the J-Post fawned all over him when he took the original position that he wasn't going to cancel.  And I'll go even one further - I'll bet the usual apartheid apologists here would have too, had he not changed his mind and it was brought up here.  But now, they'll be all, "Oh, Elvis said a racist word once."

His comment was made in 1979, 31 years ago.  He apologized right away, and has probably been apologetic ever since when it's brought up.  It was a a stupid and racist thing to say, and he deserved to be called on it.

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In March 1979, Costello capped off this productive period in his extra-artistic life by getting himself into a scrap with Stephen Stills (of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young fame) and Bonnie Bramlett (a minor singer from the '60s) in a hotel bar in Ohio. Again motivated by an unclear principle, he did his best to offend them, finally resorting to a burst of profanity and bigotry, capped with the assertion that Ray Charles was a "blind, ignorant nigger."

There's no evidence that Costello was a racist -- he'd been active in Rock Against Racism before it was fashionable and was too smart in any event to let it show if he was -- but he was being as stupid, reckless and out of control as any of the broken-down '60s stars his energy, brains and invective were supposed to be an antidote for. In any event, Bramlett industriously publicized the exchange and Costello tried to explain and apologize. He took his lumps in a months-long transatlantic brouhaha; to this day some serious critics hold him in contempt.

Hands up how many people have never made a racist comment that they later realized (or even at the time realized) was completely unacceptable.  Anyone?  My hand isn't up.

Have your Israeli heroes apologized yet for the apartheid they're wreaking on Palestinians, SSC?  I thought not.  You should cower in awe of many people's moral authority, but not the people you stick up for regularly on babble.  Elvis Costello got overrefreshed one night 31 years ago and used the N-word in a conversation and apologized for it after he'd sobered up and got rightfully called on it.  Israel is murdering and ethnically cleansing Palestinians to this day and doesn't ever apologize for it.

You do the math.

Star Spangled C...

My "Israeli heroes" consist of a bunch of research scientists and one tennis player. I don't know what they have to apologize for. Making medical breakthroughs? Being great at sports?

Michelle

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The Ray Charles Incident

Costello and the Attractions toured the UK and Europe early in 1979 and then returned to the US for a third time to undertake their most ambitious tour yet. However, the pressures of life on the road, in addition to the turmoil of Costello's personal relationships, large amounts of alcohol, plus the hostility of Costello and his manager Jake Riviera to the press, all contributed to an unfortunate incident in Columbus, Ohio in March 1979. A drunken slanging match in a Holiday Inn bar between Costello (and the Attractions) and members of Steven Stills' entourage (including Bonnie Bramlett) led to both sides making ill-considered remarks about British and American musicians. However, only Costello's derogatory comments about certain African-American musicians were reported to the press. The subsequent press furore was reminiscent of the outrage generated in the US by the out-of-context rehashing of John Lennon's "We're more popular than Jesus" remark in 1966. Despite his performances at

 

Rock Against Racism

"Rock Against Racism" shows in the UK, and his anti-fascism songs "Less Than Zero" and "Night Rally", Costello was forced to hastily convene a US press conference and apologise for his statements. Ray Charles, who bore the brunt of Costello's reported remarks, certainly holds Costello no ill will, and commented that "drunken talk isn't meant to be printed in the paper." The tour was quickly wrapped up, despite "Armed Forces" riding high in the charts, and Costello did not return to the US again until 1981, this defusing any commercial momentum he had generated. It is likely that Columbia’s ultimate decision not to release either "What's So Funny ('Bout Peace Love and Understanding)" or "Olivers Army" as singles in the US may well have been made in the wake of the "Columbus Incident". Columbia certainly made no further attempt to promote "Armed Forces" despite its Top Ten chart placing, a decision which saw the album fall out of the Top Ten as quickly as it had arrived there. It is rumoured that Columbia executives even considered cancelling Costello’s contract at this time. For once, Columbia may have been grateful for Costello’s and Riveria’s "No Interview" policy, as the lack of Costello’s face on the cover of any major magazines probably helped the controversy to blow over more quickly. Subsequent events would demonstrate that Elvis Costello was certainly no racist, beginning with Costello’s work as the producer of The Specials, a multi-racial band, during 1979. Their self-titled album went on to top the charts in the UK.

From Elvis Costello's website

Obviously, having a multi-racial band is no get-out-of-racism-free card.  But it's ridiculous to bring up a racist comment someone made while having a drunken pissing contest at a bar over thirty years ago and has apologized and tried to make up for since as a reason to discount a current anti-racist action they take.

Michelle

When have you ever, even once, had anything critical to say about Israel, or people like Heather Reisman who support their military operations?  You've sure got her back, don't you?

Meanwhile, you smear some guy who takes a principled stand against apartheid with a racist comment he made over 30 years ago and has apologized for since.

Maybe if you expended even a fraction of the energy you spend on criticizing Palestinian rights activists here, on criticizing the Israeli government and the people who support them, you'd have more credibility.

Star Spangled C...

You would be right, except that I don't consider what he's doing now to be "anti-racist" at all. Anti-Semitic perhaps. Anti-racist? No.

Michelle

Figures.  And you're lecturing us on "moral authority"?

Whatever.  I'm done talking to you in this thread.  Maybe others won't bother with you either now that your little smear has been debunked.

Star Spangled C...

Michelle wrote:

When have you ever, even once, had anything critical to say about Israel, or people like Heather Reisman who support their military operations?  You've sure got her back, don't you?

I've been quite critical of Heather Reisman and don't shop at Indigo when I'm back home because I don't like their effect on independent bookstores. That's a legitimate concern. I just don't think that the fact that she donates money toprovide college educations to people who've served in the Israeli army to be reasonable grounds for denying her a degree. As for the 'fraction of my energy", it seems like amny haters of Israel spend far more than a fraction of THEIR energy attacking a state which, no doubt, is severely flawed (like Canada, theUnited States and every other country) but whose human rights record is far less concerning than manyother countries in the world. I wish they would spend a fraction of the energy they extend to attacking people for accepting to literary awards to condemning, say, the Iranian government which executes teenagers on the suspicion of being gay.

Star Spangled C...

Michelle wrote:

Figures.  And you're lecturing us on "moral authority"?

Whatever.  I'm done talking to you in this thread.  Maybe others won't bother with you either now that your little smear has been debunked.

Little smear? He called somebody the N-word, jsut about the most offensive thing one can say. Pointing out that it was in '79 is only an excuse if if it were 1879. Yeah, I've gotten drunk and said some silly things before. Never called someone that word. How bout you?

Michelle

Excuse me, I wasn't calling what Costello said "a little smear".  I said that you were smearing him by bringing up something terrible that he said 30 years ago, but has apologized and tried to make up for since.  I already said above that what he said was stupid and racist and that he deserved to be called on it, so don't try and twist my words into some fantasy where you have me saying that it's not so bad to call people the n-word.

No, I've never calling anyone the n-word, drunk or sober, but I've certainly said some racist things in the past, either out of ignorance, or out of some sort of stupid politically-incorrect-joke bravado.

Yeah, you got me to respond by twisting my words.  Congratulations.

Polunatic2

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 He called somebody the N-word.

31 years ago. And apologized. But he should not be cut any slack? What if he had performed in Israel? Then it would have been okay?

Let's remember that in 1979 Israel was in an alliance with South Africa providing them with arms to crush the resistance to apartheid. I guess it was OK to help kill people as long as they never used the "N word". 

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Yeah, I've gotten drunk and said some silly things before.

Nice that you have forgiven yourself so easily. 

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 Anti-Semitic perhaps.

Good try. 

Michelle

I think it's crossing a line for any babbler to label people who support BDS "anti-semitic", even with weasel words like "perhaps".

There are a lot of babblers who support BDS.  That post is indirectly accusing them of anti-semitism too.

Noveyea

Michelle wrote:

I thought an omnibus thread about performers who are following or not following the BDS movement ...

 

blah blah blah yawn

[poop pic removed by moderator. So sue me.]

Caissa

Language is interesting.

People who support BDS are sometimes called anti-semitic.

People who do not support BDS are sometimes called Zionists.

I find both characterizations to be unacceptable.

remind remind's picture

Now, first and foremost, one has to realize that if Israel, and the organizers of this event Costello is now boycotting, had issues with Costello's use of the N word over 30 years ago,  they would not have invited him to play there, or allowed it.

 

For Israeli apologists to use his use of the N word, to bash him for following the boycott, is hypocrisy at its worst.

Really, if such was the case of outrage over it, he should not have been invited in the first place.

 

Did they think they could use his past faux pas to  pressure him to play once invited? As he would have to be aware that he would be targeted with it should he refuse...

 

..am now thinking of the impact on Atwood's book sales, had Chapters Indigo,  refused to carry them anymore.....not that I am saying that happened or anything, but it would have been good leverage....

 

Catchfire Catchfire's picture

....Aaand Noveyea is gone.

Slumberjack

Too bad about the pic being removed though.  It's not often we get a new poster showing ID.

Polunatic2

[aside]Costello plays himself on Treme a new HBO series about post-Katrina New Orleans. I saw the 1st two episodes and quite liked the show.[/aside]

Slumberjack

Looked like bull to me.

remind remind's picture

Hmph...I was trying to decide what type of poop it was, and had settled on horse, but was going to ask other babblers what they thought.

And.... I thought it an apt picture of the poop that is now trying to be spread about Costello.

 

And thanks Michelle, for dispelling that, as I had not heard about that 1979 drunken pissing match, so would not have know about the background to the attempted smear by SCC. Was involved in the BC election heavily that year, and was heavily pregnant.....so my world was not that big.

 

As I too watch Costello's show, when opportunity arises. The music is great and so are the stories, so I would have hated to have to boycott it, had he stayed on the tour ticket.

 

 

genstrike

Caissa wrote:

Language is interesting.

People who support BDS are sometimes called anti-semitic.

People who do not support BDS are sometimes called Zionists.

I find both characterizations to be unacceptable.

I think there is a difference between these two statements though.  The first is generally a smear with no bearing in truth when it is applied to Palestinian solidarity activists instead of actual anti-semites.

The second, it seems to me, isn't that far from the definition of "Zionist".  Part of the definition of Zionism, at least modern Zionism, is support of the state of Israel and its apartheid practices.  It seems as though opposing BDS falls under that column, unless you have a really good explanation for why you don't support the oppression of the Palestinians but actively oppose doing something about it.

It's okay to refer to a liberal as a liberal.  It's okay to refer to a Feminist as a Feminist.  It's okay to refer to a Zionist as a Zionist.  It's not okay to refer to a Palestinian solidarity activist as an anti-semite.

remind remind's picture

SJ, it looked to flakey to be bull... :D

 

Ruminant's poop just isn't that flakey and undigested.

Star Spangled C...

Some people use "zionist" as a smear but there's no clear definition of "zionism". Which zionism are people referring to? The secular, socialist zionism of the Israeli founders? THe religious zionism of Rabbi Kook? If someone supports Israel's right to exist, are they, ipso facto, a zionist?

al-Qa'bong

Boom Boom wrote:
I love the Elvis Costello show on CTV - he has on the most amazing guests, and he is incredibly talented. I don't have an Elvis Costello album yet - any suggestions? ps: I apologise for the thread drift.

 

 I liked My Aim is True and This Year's Model when they first came out.  I waited in rapt anticipation for Emotional Fascism, but wasn't keen on Armed Forces.  Get Happy! is garbage, and was released at about the same time that McManus made his Ray Charles comments, after which time I quit listening to his music.

 

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

Thanks! Maybe I'll just stick to watching Costello's show on CTV - the only thing on CTV worth watching, besides QP every Sunday.

Timebandit Timebandit's picture

Michelle wrote:

I think it's crossing a line for any babbler to label people who support BDS "anti-semitic", even with weasel words like "perhaps".

There are a lot of babblers who support BDS.  That post is indirectly accusing them of anti-semitism too.

So what?  I've been called an anti-feminist for having somewhat nuanced opinions at least a half dozen times on this board when I certainly felt it wasn't justified, and I don't recall anyone losing their hair over it.  Maybe people should get thicker skins.  In fact, I recall someone being told to do just that in the last couple of days... 

genstrike

Star Spangled Canadian wrote:

Some people use "zionist" as a smear but there's no clear definition of "zionism". Which zionism are people referring to? The secular, socialist zionism of the Israeli founders? THe religious zionism of Rabbi Kook?

What's "socialist" about colonialism?  What's "secular" about establishing a religious state?

I would say opposing campaigns against Israeli apartheid such as the BDS campaign would qualify

 

Star Spangled Canadian wrote:
If someone supports Israel's right to exist, are they, ipso facto, a zionist?

Depends.  What do they mean by "Israel's right to exist"?  Do they really mean "Israel's right to exist as an apartheid state"?  And do they ask questions and demand others support "Israel's right to exist" while the only nation whose right to exist is seriously threatened and trampled is Palestine?  Do they ask this question only to delegitimize the point of view of those who support a one-state solution?  How is Israel defined - is it the Israeli state in its current configuration?  What about anarchists - is it not logically consistent that those who oppose the existence of all states oppose the existence of the Israeli state?

milo204

there is nothing anti semetic about BDS, first of all because palestinians are semetic and BDS is in support of them, and on top of that it is nothing more than a personal choice to not financially support institutions that profit from others suffering, like boycotting gilette when they tested on animals etc.

 

The other thing is that Israel is all about BDS when it comes to people they don't agree with....iran sanctions, gaza blockade etc.  They only think it's negative when it's used against them, instead of BY them.  think israel would have objected to BDS against 1930's germany? doubt it.

 

N.Beltov N.Beltov's picture

I just dug up an article by Robert Fisk in which he enumerated some of the many comparisons by Israeli leaders of Palestinians to animals, insects, diseases, etc. And there was the following quote as well:

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Even before the slaughter inside the camps had ended, Shahira Abu Rudeina says she was taken to the Cite Sportif where, in one of the underground "holding centres", she saw a retarded man, watched by Israeli soldiers, burying bodies in a pit. Her evidence might be rejected were it not for the fact that she also expressed her gratitude for an Israeli soldier--inside the Chatila camp, against all the evidence given by the Israelis--who prevented the murder of her daughters by the Phalange.

Long after the war, the ruins of the Cite Sportif were torn down and a brand new marble stadium was built in its place, partly by the British. Pavarotti has sung there. But the testimony of what may lie beneath its foundations--and its frightful implications--might give Ariel Sharon further reason to fear an indictment.

Sharon fears nothing now, being in a permanent vegetative state after a massive stroke.

What artist wants to do a concert in Israel and discover that the bodies of the victims of Israeli atrocities and torture were dumped underneath the very stage they played on?

There are plenty of reasons for an artist NOT to perform in Israel, not to go to Israel at all. And those reasons may not all be clear for some time.

After 19 years, the truth at last? Fisk (back in 2001) on the Sabra and Chatila massacres.

 

I have read some more and must acknowledge that I've made an error here. The Cite Sportif was the site of terrible Israeli atrocities. But it was also just outside Beiruit, Lebanon. My argument here, is still sound however.

 

genstrike

milo204 wrote:

The other thing is that Israel is all about BDS when it comes to people they don't agree with....iran sanctions, gaza blockade etc.  They only think it's negative when it's used against them, instead of BY them.

Not to mention that Israel supports an academic boycott... of Noam Chomsky

 

milo204 wrote:
think israel would have objected to BDS against 1930's germany? doubt it.

Actually, there are quite a few scary quotes by Zionist leaders around the time regarding Nazism, the Holocaust, and the situation in Germany.  I think in the back of their minds, some of them thought that Hitler was doing them a favour by increasing anti-semitism, forcing more Jews to move to Israel and giving some intellectual backing for the Zionist project, namely the idea that Jews aren't safe anywhere but in a Jewish state.  Some Zionist leaders even went so far as to oppose attempts to save Jews which would have brought them to safety outside of Palestine.

E.Tamaran

Michelle wrote:

I think it's crossing a line for any babbler to label people who support BDS "anti-semitic", even with weasel words like "perhaps".

Just thought I'd point a certain "animal" word out that no-one seemed to object to.

al-Qa'bong

I'm sure no words have been offended.

al-Qa'bong

<quote>In a statement posted on his website, Costello described his decision as a “matter of instinct and conscience.” Israel’s culture minister, Limor Livnat, responded by saying that Costello “is not worthy” of performing in Israel.

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Yeah, this guy hasn`t so much as shoplifted from a Palestinian, never mind stealing her home or killing her.

 

http://www.forward.com/articles/128185/

NDPP

Israeli Actors Boycott Stirs Settlement Debate

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/feedarticle/9241120

"Dozens of Israeli actors have signed a pledge not to perform in a Jewish settlement in the West Bank where a theater opens this fall.."

Unionist

[url=http://www.rnw.nl/africa/bulletin/tutu-urges-south-african-opera-boycott... urges South African opera to boycott Israel[/url]

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"Just as we said during apartheid that it was inappropriate for international artists to perform in South Africa in a society founded on discriminatory laws and racial exclusivity, so it would be wrong for Cape Town Opera to perform in Israel," he said.

"Only the thickest-skinned South Africans would be comfortable performing before an audience that excluded residents living, for example, in an occupied West Bank village... while including his Jewish neighbours from an illegal settlement on occupied Palestinian territory."

 

Ripple

Unionist wrote:

[url=http://www.rnw.nl/africa/bulletin/tutu-urges-south-african-opera-boycott... urges South African opera to boycott Israel[/url]

Well, the Cape Town opera did perform in Tel Aviv.  [url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wElyrFOnKPk]So did these folks.[/url]

 

 

Unionist

Great find, Ripple! Thank you.

 

Unionist

[url=http://goo.gl/BgWN2]VICTORY! - Vanessa Paradis cancels Israel concert![/url]

You can use [url=http://www.cjpme.org/ItemCollectionPage.aspx?ICID=50#VanessaParadis]this CJPME link[/url] to email Ms. Paradis and thank her for responding positively to the boycott request.

 

M. Spector M. Spector's picture

Michelle wrote:

I thought an omnibus thread about performers who are following or not following the BDS movement (that is, refusing or not refusing to play in Israel) might be useful

According to the [url=http://www.cjpme.org/TabbedEnhancedItemList.aspx?EITID=6&MNITEM=10000003... of Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East[/url], these performers have honoured the cultural boycott:

• VANESSA PARADIS - February 2011
Vanessa Paradis is an international singer model and actress of French origin, scheduled to perform in Israel on February 10, 2011. She became a child star at 14 (in the mid-1980s) with the worldwide success of her single "Joe le taxi." Since then, she has been successful as a singer, as an actress and in modeling.

• TINDERSTICKS - November 2010
Tindersticks is an indie rock band from Nottingham, England that has been active on the music scene since 1992. On November 23rd 2010, Tindersticks announced the cancelation of its December 1-2 shows in Tel Aviv. In an official statement explaining their decision, they said ""When agreeing to play our music in Israel we, perhaps naively, believed that the music we make is beyond political considerations. Over the past weeks, the pressure exerted on us by people and organizations, some close to us, has shown us that this is not the case. It is difficult to defy a rapidly growing movement with whose aims we agree, even if we are not wholly convinced by their methods."

• MIKE LEIGH - November 2010
Filmgoers have come to love British director Mike Leigh's films (Life is Sweet, Secrets and Lies, Vera Drake, and Happy-Go-Lucky, to name just a few). Now we all have two other reasons to appreciate him: he cancelled a master class he was scheduled to teach in Israel in November and had the courage to announce that he had done so because of Israel's conduct toward the Palestinians.

• ELVIS COSTELLO - May 2010
Every once in a while, someone puts ethics above financial gain. Elvis Costello is one such person. In May 2010 he cancelled two summer concert dates in Israel. In Mr. Costello's statement, he said, "There are occasions when merely having your name added to a concert schedule may be interpreted as a political act ... and it may be assumed that one has no mind for the suffering of the innocent... It is a matter of instinct and conscience."
[Too bad Diana doesn't agree - see below] 

 

...and these performers have not (so far):

• THE FALL - January 2011
The Fall are an English post-punk band, formed in Prestwich, Greater Manchester in 1976. The group has existed in some form ever since then, and is built around its founder and only constant member, Mark E. Smith. Smith is proudly working class and anti-authority. The Fall have released 58 albums and 50 EPs and singles, as well as appearing on dozens of compilation albums. The group is known for its witty lyrics and caustic social observations. The Fall have played for Rock Against Racism concerts. The group is scheduled to play in Barbi, Tel Aviv, on January 20.

• JEFF BECK - October 2010
Jeff Beck is a British rock guitarist, ranked 14th in Rolling Stone Magazine's list of 100 top guitarists. He has been inducted into the Rock and Rock Hall of fame twice. Beck has given benefit concerts for tsunami victims and research on multiple sclerosis.

• OZZY OSBOURNE - September 2010
Ozzy Osbourne is an English heavy metal singer, who divides his time between England and L.A. He rose to prominence as the leader of Black Sabbath. He and his family had a reality TV show from 2002 to 2005, with the highest ratings in MTV history. All of his solo albums have gone platinum. Osbourne has said, "I've never seen any intelligent military person, nor I have seen any sense in the bloody stupid wars." He has been involved in benefit concerts for Live Aid, the homeless and Haiti earthquake victims.

• LCD SOUNDSYSTEM - August 2010
LCD Soundsystem is the stage name of dance-punk musician and music producer James Murphy. In live concerts he is usually accompanied by six other musicians. He has released three critically acclaimed albums, including 2010's This Is Happening, which made Billboard's Top 10. LCD won Grammy Awards in 2006 and 2008. Has participated in a concert to fund Oxfam and Doctors Without Borders' work in Darfur.

• PUBLIC IMAGE LTD. - August 2010
Public Image Limited is a British post-punk band led by former Sex Pistol John Lydon. They entered a hiatus after being very active from 1978 to 1992, but reformed in 2009 and hit the road for a new string of concerts. Lydon indicated in a recent MoJo interview that sanctions against Iraq and Iran have not worked, therefore he saw no reason they would have any impact on Israel, therefore he would proceed with the concert scheduled there, despite pressure to cancel.

• THIRTY SECONDS TO MARS - August 2010
Thirty Seconds to Mars is a Los Angeles - based rock band composed of Jared Leto, his brother Shannon Leto and Tomo Milicevic. To date they have released three studio albums and two EPs. The group has won three MTV Europe Music Awards and four Kerrang! Awards. It has been involved in charitable work for Haiti earthquake victims and Habitat for Humanity projects in Malaysia and publicly expressed alarm about global warming and the dissolution of the Arctic shelf.

• DIANA KRALL - August 2010
On August 4, 2010, Diana Krall performed in Israel, despite the fact that her husband, performer Elvis Costello, had chosen not to do so two month earlier for reasons of conscience. Diana Krall is a Canadian jazz pianist and singer. She has sold over 6 million albums in the US and over 15 million worldwide - altogether, more albums than any other female jazz artist in the 1990s and the 2000s. Krall has been involved in benefits for Katrina hurricane relief and research on multiple myeloma. She was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2005. She lives in Vancouver, B.C. with her husband, singer Elvis Costello, who in May 2010 cancelled his own concert dates in Israel.

• MISSY ELLIOTT - July 2010
On July 15, 2010, despite receiving letters and hundreds of emails, American rapper Missy Elliott performed in Israel. Missy Elliott is an American rapper, and former member of R&B band Sista as well as the Swing Mob collective. With record sales of over seven million in the United States, she is the only female rapper to have six albums certified platinum. Elliott has contributed to charity for a number of causes, including domestic violence, teen obesity, AIDS and poverty.

• SUZANNE VEGA - July 2010
On July 15 and 16, 2010, despite appeals not to do so, Suzanne Vega performed in Israel. Suzanne Vega is an American songwriter and singer known for her folk-inspired music. An international performer since the mid-1980s, Vega has had two songs which have reached the top 10 of various international chart listings. In 2006, Vega performed in New York City in a benefit concert for "The Save Darfur Coalition." At the same time, she asserted her support for Amnesty International and its important work. Vega says she has been a member of Amnesty International since 1988.

• ROD STEWART - June 2010
On June 30, 2010, despite requests not to do so, Rod Stewart performed in Tel Aviv Israel. Rod Stewart is an international performer who began his career in the 1960s. He has sold over 130 million records worldwide, and is one of the best selling British singers of all time.

M. Spector M. Spector's picture

I've amended post #39 accordingly.

NDPP

Macy Gray is Waiting To Hear From You: Shall I perform in Israel?

http://youthanormalization.blogspot.com/2011/01/bds-macy-gray-is-waiting...

Macy is being coy - but ask her not to play in Israel

NDPP

Singer to Perform in Israel Despite Boycott Pressure

http://www.cjnews.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=20687&am...

"Dear Israel fans. Me and the band will be there in 20 days. Can't wait. See you then. Peace,' read the Twitter message sent last Wednesday night."

guess Gray, like Atwood and Egoyan, decided to follow the money instead.

her facebook page is listed above in post #44

M. Spector M. Spector's picture
Unionist

Why the hell would she tweet this on Wednesday (saying she's going), but her fan page on Facebook still has her Jan. 17 question asking whether she should boycott or not? And people are still posting to her fan page saying she shouldn't go?

Pathetic.

 

Unionist

This is brilliant - spread the word:

[url=http://artthreat.net/2011/02/justin-bieber-israel-bds/]Music video by John Greyson asks Justin Bieber to cancel his upcoming Israel concert[/url]

 

Dodger718

I'm with him. The Israelis have suffered enough. The last thing they need is a Justin Bieber concert.

Caissa

JB is definitely a WMD.

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