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US rap singer Missy Elliott arrived in Israel
Wednesday ahead of her July 15 concert despite calls for her to cancel, because of the Israeli blockade over Gaza.
The Canadians for
Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) had urged Elliott to cancel
the concert, and posted a petition
on its website Tuesday asking users to do the same.
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"Santana, Elvis Costello, The Pixies and other prominent performers have
recently canceled concerts in Israel," read the website, "in solidarity
with the Palestinian
call for boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel in 2005.
"As a member of a visible minority, and someone who has long contributed
various social causes, Ms. Elliott may have a sensitivity to the plight
of the oppressed." The website provided a form by which
users could send an email to Elliott's manager.
call for Elliott to boycott Israel followed a string of celebrities
who have backed out of attending events in Israel
after the international outcry over Israel’s attack on a Turkish-led
flotilla that attempted to break the Gaza blockade on May 31.
recently canceled an appearance at this year’s annual
Jerusalem Film Festival and US alternative rock
bank the 'Pixies' canceled their June 9 Tel Aviv show, a decision which
followed earlier cancellations
by the 'Klaxons' and 'Gorillaz.'
two weeks after British rock icon Elvis Costello told The
Post that the only answer to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is
“dialogue and reconciliation,” 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.
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.
he could not 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.”
was reported to have arrived on July 14, a day early, to do some touring in Israel,
including leaving a note at the Western Wall, and hiking Masada, and
visiting the Dead Sea with her entourage.
David Brinn and Ruth Eglash contributed to this report