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The British Committee for Universities of Palestine wrote an open letter to Elton John urging him to cancel his June 17 th concert in Israel:

Political or not political, when you stand up on that stage in Tel Aviv, you line yourself up with a racist state. Do you want to give them the satisfaction? Please don’t go…You may say you’re not a political person, but does an army dropping white phosphorus on a school building full of children demand a political response?…

Okay, you turn up in Ramat Gan, and it gets to that ‘Candle in the Wind? moment, and thousands of lighters flicker – but there won’t be any Palestinians from the Occupied Territories swaying along with the Israelis – the army won’t let them leave their ghettoes.

Please read what Judge Goldstone said about the onslaught on Gaza; what Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have been saying for decades about the crimes committed against the Palestinians….

Outreach efforts to artists have had mixed results. Santana just canceled their concert, but Leonard Cohen, Paul McCartney and Madonna have all played in Tel Aviv, with U2 scheduled as well for summer 2010.

Lisa Derrick

Lisa Derrick

Los Angeles native, attended UC Berkeley and Loyola Marymount University before punk rock and logophilia overtook her life. Worked as nightclub columnist, pop culture journalist and was a Hollywood housewife before writing for and editing Sacred History Magazine. Then she discovered the thrill of politics. She also appears frequently on the Dave Fanning Show, one of Ireland's most popular radio broadcasts.