Friday, February 5, 2010

"Elton, Don't Play Israel" Says British Professor


Dear Elton John:

Like much of the world, we think you’re a good bloke. You came out when it was difficult; you admitted your addictions were stronger than you were; you’ve poured money into AIDS research. Oh, and then there’s the music – not bad at all.

But we’re struggling to understand why you’re playing in Israel on June 17. You may say you’re not a political person, but does an army dropping white phosphorus on a school building full of children demand a political response?

Does walling a million and a half people up in a ghetto and then pounding that ghetto to rubble require a political response from us, or a human one?

We think it needs a human response, and we think that by choosing to play in Tel Aviv you’re denying this. You’re
behaving as if playing in Israel is morally neutral – but how can it be? How can the cruelties Israel practises against the Palestinians – fundamentally because the Palestinians are there, on Palestinian land, and Israel wants them to go – be morally neutral?

Okay, you turn up in Ramat Gan, and it gets to that ‘Candle in the Wind’ moment, and thousands of lighters flicker – but there won’t be any Palestinians from the Occupied Territories swaying along with the Israelis – the army won’t let them leave their ghettoes. Please read what Judge Goldstone said about the onslaught on Gaza; what Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have been saying for decades about the crimes committed against the Palestinians. Of course the Israeli state denies it has a case to answer, though it’s knee-deep in ethnic cleansing and land-theft and the endless daily suffocating of Palestinian lives and hopes.

Political or not political, when you stand up on that stage in Tel Aviv, you line yourself up with a racist state. Do you want to give them the satisfaction?

Please don’t go.

Yours sincerely,
Professor Haim Bresheeth
Mike Cushman
Professor Steven Rose
Professor Jonathan Rosenhead
London, February 2010

5 comments:

thisoneworld said...

Dear Sir John,

Please don't listen to the Hamas propagandists. They give you lies and distortions, but not the truth, which is that for 63 years, Israel has been defending itself against wars, suicide bombers and rockets coming from a culture which glorifies murder and swears it will not stop until Israel is destroyed by violence.

The day the Palestinians love their own children more than they hate Israel, peace will be achieved. They day Palestinians wish a state for themselves more than they wish to destroy the one Jewish state, they will have one.

Don't let the terror apologists stop you from performing in Israel.

Sir Paul McCartney did not let them stop him. You shouldn't either!

Thanks!

James said...

Thisoneworld, luckily Elton John will not hear your zionist ravings.

Learn some basic history. Israel has the fourth strongest army n the world and yet it commits vast crimes. Refute the article, written by people with cognitive capacity far beyond yours.

thisoneworld said...

Refute the article? Unfortunately there are no facts contained in it to refuts. The usual accusation of "ethnic cleansing." Believe me, if Israel were interested in that, it would have been accomplished long ago. Israelis have the strength to do it, not the desire. Hamas has the desire to ethnically cleanse the area of Jews, but not the strength.

Is the "cognitive capacity" of the writers of the above propaganda piece far beyond mine? Perhaps, but it is overshadowed by their dishonesty.

Matan said...

Dear Sir Jhon,
Though i doubt this comment comes only to you, i don't belive political statments like this should be comming from anyone, a man can view his own decisions and do what he thinks is right for him.
Seems that people are looking to show their agendas using admirable people like you, i have much to say about this situation but it's not the right time or place for such talks.
All i believe is that everyone deserves to enjoy your music, and the only people allowed to talk about the situation are the people that live it everyday.
Only after hearing both sides and i mean hearing the people and not their representatives, only then u can know the real state of things.
Whatever you decide it is your choice and I will understand it, but I do hope you'll make a decision that will please you.
I hope my comment helped, and i wish it got to your hears.

with much admiration, Matan.

Andrew said...

Elton, don't normalize apartheid.
http://www.artistsagainstapartheid.org/?p=960