Eric Burdon the latest to boycott Israel

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Eric Burdon the  lead singer of the  60’s rock group  The Animals once sang “Don’t let me Be Misunderstood.”

Burdon lived up to his word when he recently stated that he wont be performing in Tel Aviv, Israel, on August 1.

Palestine solidarity activists welcomed his recent  announcement that he has pulled out of the Tel Aviv engagement. According to Israeli daily, Haaretz, “he was pressured not to perform in Israel and ultimately chose to cancel the concert, which was to take place August 1.

The Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign (SPSC)  was among those who wrote, and invited others to write, Burdon before he came to Edinburgh asking him to remain true to his long-term hostility to racism and Jim Crow in the US South.

It wrote Burdon a strongly worded message

The present Israeli system of state-enforced racism is worse than the one you encountered in the 60s US Deep South. Many Palestinians are kept behind 25-foot walls and are regularly attacked by the Israeli equivalent of the KKK – illegal settlers – who burn farms, poison wells, kill animals and people. Like the KKK, these settlers are virtually never charged. Palestinians are imprisoned at a higher rate even than US Blacks, and are routinely tortured while incarcerated.

SPSC exhorted  Burdon to stay true to his  anti-racist principles The Newcastle  rocker’s decision to follow in the tracks of Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello, Carlos Santana, Gil Scott-Heron, Annie Lennox, the Pixies, Massive Attack and many others like  film maker Mike Leigh  are refusing to perform in apartheid Israel.

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    I suspect that the tide in Israel will only be changed,internally,by a reaction to the extremism of the “settlers” as they are charitably labelled. Israel is a tiny place. Where will the settlers go when Israel is “full”? This is not an abstract question.Eric Burdon’s comments may one day apply to Israeli’s who failed to resist a settler movement that flirts dangerously with Fascism.


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