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Elvis Costello Boycotts Israel Due to Treatment of Palestine

The global unease felt by Israel’s treatment of Palestine has stretched to the music industry. Elvis Costello has announced that he is canceling two upcoming shows in Caesarea on June 30 and July 1, because he believed people may suspect him of implicitly supporting the Israeli government as a result of playing.


“One lives in hope that music is more than mere noise, filling up idle time, whether intending to elate or lament,” he writes on his website. “Then 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.”


“I am also keenly aware of the sensitivity of these themes in the wake of so many despicable acts of violence perpetrated in the name of liberation. Some will regard all of this an unknowable without personal experience but if these subjects are actually too grave and complex to be addressed in a concert, then it is also quite impossible to simply look the other way. I offer my sincere apologies for any disappointment to the advance ticket holders as well as to the organizers.”


Costello’s decision to cancel his shows in Israel come at a time when other artists, including Carlos Santana and Gil Scott-Heron, have taken similar action. It’s possible that this will mark the beginning of a musical boycott of the country, which would mirror the moves made by musicians against the Apartheid regime in South Africa in the 1980s.


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Elvis Costello

Your notice of canceling two upcoming shows in Caesarea on June 30 and July 1 indicate to me that you are a scared person, scared of loosing freedom that others with intestional fortitude have purchased for you. Free people have a right to defend their freedom.


If in fact Elvis Costello is canceling his concert in Israel because he "deplore(s) conditions that visit intimidation, humiliation or much worse on Palestinian civilians in the name of national security," then how could he possible play concerts in the U.S., England and many other counties that are occupying Iraq and Afghanistan? The U.S. and NATO forces have killed between 13,372 - 32,969 civilians since 2001. THE US AND NATO HAVE KILLED AT LEAST TEN TIMES THE NUMBER OF MUSLIM CIVILIANS IN AFGHANISTAN THAN ISRAEL IN GAZA. Certainly Afghanistan poses far less of a national security danger to Germany or Holland than Hamas does to Israel. This is pure hypocrisy, which once again the Jews and the Jewish State are singled out for condemnation. This not to mention that fact that Elvis played in the US and England while they were occupying Iraq. In the last decade alone the occupation of Iraq has killed up to 1 million civilians, and more than 3 million to become refugees. So lets not kid ourselves about WHY ELVIS COSTELLO SINGLED OUT THE JEWISH STATE FOR DIFFERENT TREATMENT.


Alexander, just because one refuses to wear fur, doesn't make him a hypocrite for eating the occasional meat.
Choose your battles, Costello chose his.

/site_media/uploads/images/users/Kadgi/DSC04569.JPG Kadgi

I think boycotts like these are stupid because they're hurting the wrong people. The people who would be going to a Costello show are not necessarily the people who are responsible for the situation in Palestine. It's one thing to pick your battles, it's another to pick the right targets!

/site_media/uploads/images/users/LongestWinter/moonjpg.jpg CraigJenkins

Why did he book the shows in Israel in the first place and let people buy tickets, and wait for him....?
If he is such a politically oriented person, he must of known about the occupation which is "going on" for years here.


why would anybody be surprised at bigoted behavior by the racist Costello. People have forgotten he once called Ray Charles a "blind, ignorant n%%er." They will forget this also... Too bad they can't forget to even buy a ticket to his concerts or records...Oh, wait, does he even make records, does anybody even buy them.... lol, what an ass he is...


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