Hello, Is It Israel You’re Looking For?
Stand for Israel | August 6, 2019
While much of the world continues its fight against Israel, much of it based on economic sanctions via boycotts, it’s always heartening when international figures reject this foolishness and stand for Israel. The latest to do so is an iconic American singer and musician. Arutz Sheva’s Elad Benari reports that Lionel Richie is rejecting the BDS movement’s call cancel his upcoming concert in Israel:
Jason Greenblatt, the US Special Representative for International Negotiations, on Monday praised singer Lionel Richie for refusing to cave in to pressure from the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement and cancel a concert in Israel.
“Lionel Richie refused to cancel his concert in Israel or be intimidated by threats. BDS & intimidation only undermine the chances for peace & do absolutely NOTHING to help Palestinians,” tweeted Greenblatt.
Richie last week blocked the radical leftist group Code Pink over its campaign calling on him to cancel his upcoming concert in “apartheid” Israel…
Many artists who have scheduled shows in Israel in recent years have been pressured by anti-Israel, pro-BDS activists to boycott the Jewish state and cancel their shows.
While some of the artists have caved in to the pressure and cancelled their shows, others have gone ahead with their performances. Just last week, in fact, pop star and actress Jennifer Lopez performed in Israel for the first time…
Other artists to have resisted pressure to cancel shows in Israel include Australian rocker Nick Cave who even criticized the BDS movement.
In addition to Cave, Radiohead played in Tel Aviv in 2017, defying boycott calls. Popular rhythm and blues artist Alicia Keys and pop duo Pet Shop Boys are among the artists who have also performed in Israel in recent years, amid calls to cancel their show.