'Performing in TA isn't morally neutral'

UK group writes letter to Elton John, urging him to cancel June 17 concert.

February 9, 2010 10:24
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'Performing in TA isn't morally neutral'

Elton John 88 248. (photo credit: )

The British Committee for the Universities of Palestine sent a letter to Elton John this month, urging him to cancel his Tel Aviv concert, scheduled for June 17.

"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," the letter begins.

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The pro-Palestinian group goes on to demand that John take a stand against Israel's "dropping white phosphorus on a school building full of children," and "walling a million and a half people up in a ghetto and then pounding that ghetto to rubble." The letter claimed that performing in Tel Aviv could not be seen as "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," the letter continues, urging the legendary British superstar to "read what Judge Goldstone said about the onslaught on Gaza," which accuses both Israel and Hamas of war crimes and possible crimes against humanity.

The UK group also accused Israel of being "knee-deep in ethnic cleansing and land-theft and the endless daily suffocating of Palestinian lives and hopes."

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