The rock legend cancels his two shows scheduled for June 30 and July 1 at the Caesaerea Amphitheater.
Two weeks ago the British rock icon Elvis Costello told The Jerusalem Post that the only answer to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is «dialogue and reconciliation».
Yesterday He decided to take himself out of the equation by canceling 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».
Costello was set to make his Israeli debut with his new folk/bluegrass band The Sugarcanes, and in his conversation with the Post two weeks ago, he said that he had given much thought to playing in the country, but decided that he was against efforts to boycott performances.
«I know from the experience of a friend who is from Israel and from people who have worked there that there is a difference of opinion there among Israelis regarding their government’s policies. It seems to me that dialogue is essential. I don’t presume to think that my performance is going to be part of the process», Costello told the Post.
«The people who call for a boycott of Israel own the narrow view that performing there must be about profit and endorsing the hawkish policy of the government. It’s like never appearing in the US because you didn’t like Bush’s policies or boycotting England because of Margaret Thatcher».
Alive Productions, which was promoting the Costello shows, said in a statement that they were shocked by Costello’s letter to them, which he later posted on his Web site.
Source: Jerusalem Post.
That Elvis Costello has changed his mind.
I guess he ran the risk of being boycotted by his anti-Jewish fans in Europe and the US?
There must have been millions in sales in the Muslim World at risk?
All promoted boycotts of Israel are based on totalitarian ideas of how to block relations between people who think differently. There is only space for one opinion.
Adolf Hitler told the World that the Jewish people should be isolated both culturally, politically and through economics.
In a similar way, both Islam and many socialists are continuing the legacy of Nazi-Germany. In the end, all nations shall go against Israel. Only Bible obeying believers in Jesus will refuse to bow to the totalitarian «peacemakers».