British singer Morrissey slams BDS movement as 'absurd'

“It is narrow-minded. Being politically correct is incorrect. It means forbidding the freedom of speech. This is how the BDS movement sounds to me.”

By
November 21, 2017 18:41
1 minute read.
British singer-songwriter Morrissey performs during the International Song Festival in Vina del Mar,

British singer-songwriter Morrissey performs during the International Song Festival in Vina del Mar, Chile.. (photo credit: REUTERS)

 
X

Dear Reader,
As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

As one of our loyal readers, we ask you to be our partner.

For $5 a month you will receive access to the following:

  • A user experience almost completely free of ads
  • Access to our Premium Section
  • Content from the award-winning Jerusalem Report and our monthly magazine to learn Hebrew - Ivrit
  • A brand new ePaper featuring the daily newspaper as it appears in print in Israel

Help us grow and continue telling Israel’s story to the world.

Thank you,

Ronit Hasin-Hochman, CEO, Jerusalem Post Group
Yaakov Katz, Editor-in-Chief

UPGRADE YOUR JPOST EXPERIENCE FOR 5$ PER MONTH Show me later

The BDS movement is "absurd," said British singer Morrissey, 58, in an interview with German magazine Der Spiegel, translated by the Jewish Chronicle.

The outspoken former frontman for The Smiths has performed in Israel several times, most recently last year at the Bronfman Auditorium in Tel Aviv. He continued to rail against BDS, stating: “It is narrow-minded. Being politically correct is incorrect. It means forbidding the freedom of speech. This is how the BDS movement sounds to me.”

Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page.


His newest album, Low in High School, features two tracks which directly reference Israel: "The Girl from Tel Aviv Who Wouldn't Kneel," a song about Holocaust victim Etty Hillesum, and "Israel," which includes the lyrics “In other climes they bitch and whine/Just because you are not like them — Israel, Israel.”

"I love this city [Tel Aviv]," the singer said. "The rest of the world does not like Israel well. But the people there are very generous and friendly. You should never judge a people by their government. It is very rare for the government to reflect the wishes of the people.'"

Morrissey is hardly the only British singer with an affinity for the Jewish state--Boy George recently performed in Tel Aviv, clad in a Star of David emblazoned suit. Fellow Brit Nick Cave played two sold out shows in the Holy Land this week, explaining that he performed despite intense BDS pressure to cancel, because: "I love Israel and I love Israeli people...and I wanted to make a principled stand against anyone who tries to censor and silence musicians. So, really, you could say in a way that BDS made me play Israel."

Join Jerusalem Post Premium Plus now for just $5 and upgrade your experience with an ads-free website and exclusive content. Click here>>

Related Content

THE FLIGHT of the Prisoners, c. 1896-1902 – exile, concluded AB Yehoshua, is ‘in the molecules and a
October 21, 2018
Middle Israel: Time to shed the complex of ‘yeridah’

By AMOTZ ASA-EL