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Paul McCartney: They [Israel-Haters] Threatened to Kill Me If I Played in Israel

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When rock legend Paul McCartney came to Israel in 2008, he was, at least to some extent, taking his life in his hands. Because he was threatened by BDS (boycott, divest, and sanction) anti-Israel groups. "I got death threats, but I'm coming anyway,"

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Beth S (330)
Tuesday August 13, 2013, 5:42 pm
First Publish: 7/10/2013, 5:38 PM

"When rock legend Paul McCartney came to Israel in 2008, he was, at least to some extent, taking his life in his hands. Not because of Israel's sometimes precarious security situation, but because he was threatened by BDS (boycott, divest, and sanction) anti-Israel groups. “I got death threats, but I'm coming anyway,” the singer was quoted as saying by Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs researcher Adam Shay.

“I got explicit death threats, but I have no intention of surrendering. I refuse to cancel my performances in Israel,” Shay quoted McCartney as saying.

The former Beatle is not alone.

Dozens of other artists who schedule dates in Israel are lobbied, bullied, threatened, and even attacked at concerts by anti-Israel groups who are bent on isolating Israel culturally, as well as economically. Many artists, said Shay, claimed that their web sites have been attacked by hackers right before their Israeli concerts.

Alicia Keys, who recently played a concert here last week, supplies the latest example of intimidation faced by artists who play Israel. Several of her fellow singers – notably Elvis Costello and Roger Waters – urged her to cancel, calling Israel an “apartheid state,” and Keys' Facebook page was littered with condemnations of her on the day of the concert. Costello himself cancelled a concert in Israel in 2010, as did Carlos Santana, after being hectored by anti-Israel groups. Other notables who have cancelled planned concerts in Israel are Jon Bon Jovi, the Yardbirds, Joe Lynn Turner, and the Pixies. Spanish singer Paco Ibanez went one better, telling a French newspaper that he is boycotting the Hebrew language, which he can speak, for political reasons.

But despite the pressure and threats, there are many artists who continue to play Israel. In the past month, rock bands Deep Purple and the Pet Shop Boys have held concerts in Israel, and American artist Rihanna is scheduled to take her second tour here in October. And of course, there was Madonna.

Many of these artists, Shay said, decided to perform in Israel despite the threats. “When singer Moby was interviewed on Army Radio shortly before he performed in Israel, he said that the intensity of the attacks against him before he came to Israel made him suspect that this wasn't an objective movement that was concerned with people's welfare, but with something dark and dubious.” Unfortunately, though, “most artists just don't want to deal with it. It's much easier for them to release a statement that they won't be appearing in Israel 'for reasons of conscience' rather than to say their lives are being threatened and they're frightened.”

Stan B (123)
Tuesday August 13, 2013, 11:41 pm
The BDS movement is certainly a peaceful one isn't it? They've threatened and intimidated numerous artists who were planning to perform in Israel. I guess they have the same twisted mentality as those they claim to represent.
Kudos to Paul McCartney and others for treating them with the contempt they deserve.

Past Member (0)
Tuesday August 13, 2013, 11:43 pm
I never knew Sir Paul and other made such sacrifices to play their music. Bless them.

In my opinion one of the most beautiful songs ever composed was written by Dire Straits while in Israel. 'Brothers in Arms' really is a masterpiece.

Maybe other artists will be inspired by the country if they are brave enough to set foot in Israel.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 14, 2013, 2:15 am
How can of all people Sir Paul be given death threats---mindboggling. IDIOTS. Thx Beth

Jay S (116)
Wednesday August 14, 2013, 2:22 am
What a surprise! Not

patrica and edw jones (190)
Wednesday August 14, 2013, 2:40 am
Kudos to artists like McCartney who refuse to give into tyrannical idiots like BDS.

Stan B (123)
Wednesday August 14, 2013, 3:04 am
I have my own BDS policy towards Israel and Israeli products.
Who in their right mind wouldn't?

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Wednesday August 14, 2013, 3:15 am
I love Paul and love all he does for our animals. They better NOT harm him

Debra Tate (17)
Wednesday August 14, 2013, 6:34 am
Have they not learned that intimidation does not work on intelligent people, unlike them!

Connie O (44)
Wednesday August 14, 2013, 7:09 am
whoa...never knew that.

Terry H. (0)
Wednesday August 14, 2013, 7:20 am
While it's absolutely true that Israel IS practicing apartheid against the rightful inhabitants of that particular piece of real estate, The BDS Movement is wrong in threatening artists. Two wrongs never make a right.

If the European invaders can't get along with the native Palestinian folks, they should go back to where they came from.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 14, 2013, 8:16 am
me neither... never knew ab this

Beth S (330)
Wednesday August 14, 2013, 8:50 am

It is absolutely not true that Israel is an apartheid state. Arabs in Israel vote, get the same health care, have representatives in the Israeli parliament, eat in the same restaurants, shop at the same stores, etc. The Technion, Israel's most prestigious university, also known as Israel's M.I.T., now has an Arab woman as the head of the entire university.

It is standard lies put out by the Islamic machines that Israel is apartheid. Not true, and you might very much enjoy a trip one day there to see for yourself.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 14, 2013, 9:36 am

"Israel Hater" means a person to wants the Israel to be destroyed and its Jewish inhabitants killed. It has nothing to do with Netaniyahu or Jewish villages, and everything to do with Islamist paradigm of NOT leaving countries once ruled by Islam to infidels.

Israel is not an apartheid, but a place, where Jews and Arabs of all faiths live in peace with each other. Israelis do not give DEATH penalty to Jews selling lands to Arabs, while Aplestinian Authority and Hamas kill Arabs selling lands to Jews. This is just one law proving that PA and Hamas are racist and hateful, and there are many more laws to prove that point.

In comparison, Arab states imposing taxes on Christian and Jews, kidnapping Christian girls for forced conversion to Islam and marriages to Muslim are REAL Apartheid.

Israel had to build that huge wall at great expense to stop Arab suicide bombers, unleashed by Arafat. Any responsible government would do that.

You need to get real, not Beth.

Beth S (330)
Wednesday August 14, 2013, 10:42 am
David B.,urdt has Judaea and Samaria on both sides threatening to wipe Israel off the map, firing rockets, Palestinian terrorists coming in and pulling off numerous murder missions of Israeli civilians. If ANY other country in the world was faced with such daily murder, death and mayhem, a fence (for the most part) and wall at other areas would go up in a jiff. These protective measures have saved many civilian lives.

This is NOTHING like the South African apartheid, although the Muslim Brotherhood, especially, has done an amazing job to advance that notion. But they pretty much lie about everything they can get away with.

Valerie H (133)
Wednesday August 14, 2013, 11:34 am
....yikes....thank you....disappointingly noted....

Christine S (134)
Wednesday August 14, 2013, 11:44 am
I hate people who throw around death threats. Boycott, yes. But death threats to a singer? How stupid.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday August 14, 2013, 11:49 am

The word "Palestinian" applies to Arabs as much as to the Jews. I've been to Israel several times, and with my own eyes I saw Arabs in various roles: doctors and patients in hospitals, store keepers, hard workers and lazy bums, people as people. Several of them wore their hear covering, and nobody ran after them to kill or to impose head tax.

What gives you a reason to blame Israel in apartheid, other than great PR campaign, paid for by oil $$$?


Gillian M (218)
Wednesday August 14, 2013, 12:04 pm
David B, Israel is such an apartheid state that a Muslim MP was in charge of the country as the Speaker.

1.(in South Africa) A policy or system of segregation or discrimination on grounds of race. So, a people who have the same access to medical care, education, travel, law etc are suffering from apartheid? Perhaps you should give your definition because it isn't one in any dictionary that I have come across.

As for the wall, it is to keep suicide bombers out. You know, the people who strap bombs on themselves and blow themselves up where children gather. The terrorist groups usually use children and those with learning disabilities and are known to stand at a distance to explode the bomb if the children get too scared to. Try learning about the truth rather than the Palestinian propaganda.

Gillian M (218)
Wednesday August 14, 2013, 12:07 pm
As for Paul McCartney, good for you and all the others who refuse to give in to abuse and threats. It shows what kind of people that Muslims and their supporters are.

And for people like Kit who are glad when someone caves, shame on you for supporting terrorism and terrorists.

Sheryl G (363)
Wednesday August 14, 2013, 12:09 pm
Speaking of haters......

Correct title: Paul McCartney: They Threatened to Kill Me if I Played in Israel.

What wasn't the word Israel enough in the heading we have to add "Israel haters".


Peggy A (0)
Wednesday August 14, 2013, 12:49 pm
noted sad

Hartson Doak (39)
Wednesday August 14, 2013, 12:54 pm
The agents of hate will stop at nothing to advance their cause.

. (0)
Wednesday August 14, 2013, 1:15 pm
I had no idea Elvis Costello cancelled an Israeli concert. I am very disappointed in him and his lack of "f*uck attittude he was once known for.
I think back on Bob Hope and the shows he put on in the middle of war zones throughout Europe. There is a different mentality today where fear has begun to erode life.
Has anyone ever seen "For the Boys " with Bette Midler? Life is coming down to those willing to say they will not stop letting hate get in their way.

Roger G (154)
Wednesday August 14, 2013, 1:37 pm
noted, thanks

Sheila D (194)
Wednesday August 14, 2013, 2:24 pm
Read and noted. Thank you.

Beth S (330)
Wednesday August 14, 2013, 3:38 pm

It was there to simply elucidate the "they", and that should have been clear because of the square brackets, which almost always indicate that this has been added for clarification. It's pretty standard and simple. If someone was trying to deceptively change the title, they wouldn't use brackets to show that it was a clarifier. The other times brackets are used, of course, if they serve as a second set of parentheses within text that already has another set of parentheses, and of course for citations.

Beth S (330)
Wednesday August 14, 2013, 9:59 pm
Think about it. ALL of the refugee camps are in ARAB COUNTRIES. And, by and large, the Arab countries will not let them out.

In Lebanon, the Arabs that left Israel are not allowed to vote, have health insurance, have many of the same type of jobs as the other Lebanese.

In Saudi Arabia, women and men have separate entrances to restaurants, are not allowed to eat together, the women's sides are almost always worse than the men's.

In most Arab countries, the citizens don't vote. They have very few rights.

Maybe you should tell the Arab leaders to allow the Arabs in their own countries to have more rights.

Rahman Qureshi (76)
Wednesday August 14, 2013, 11:16 pm
This is Islamic apartheid against musicians! Islamic apartheid exists against blacks (800,000 slaves in Mauritania), against females (can be beaten, raped, killed), against non-Muslims (Sura 8:12, 9:29). I think the hatred of musicians is not just because of the BDS B.S. but also because music is considered "haram" in Islam.

Islam is just sick.

Stan B (123)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 1:19 am
The " Wall " was built to prevent homicidal Palestinian suicide bombers from blowing up Israeli civilians and has been very successful.
Perhaps one day the few Palestinian farmers affected by it will be re-united with their crops. Bereaved Israelis will NEVER be re-united with their loved ones, many of whom were blown to pieces by Palestinian terrorists.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 4:31 am

Theodore Shayne (56)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 6:22 am
So, who are the real fascists here? People like Roger Waters are the useful idiots of our day. I can't remember the last time I listened to any of his stuff.

Past Member (0)
Thursday August 15, 2013, 12:06 pm
noted thanks

Helen Porter (39)
Friday August 16, 2013, 11:39 pm
To have no cause,
no love for sacrifice,
no demand to dare
that another
may live....
that itself, is the face
of poverty and pain.

Nancy Black (308)
Sunday August 25, 2013, 9:31 pm
Noted, tweeted, shared, tweeted, shared. There is no reason to not allow artists to play in any country. The artists were not threatening anyone. It is just another example of hate and control.
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