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June 2, 2013 8:06 pm

Pop Superstar Alicia Keys to Perform in Israel Despite Boycott Calls

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JNS.org – Pop superstar Alicia Keys said on Friday that she will continue with her planned performance in Tel Aviv on July 4, despite calls from the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement to cancel the event.

In a letter posted on a pro-BDS website, Pink Floyd band member Roger Waters and author Alice Walker both urged Keys to cancel the performance.

Waters, who recently helped persuade Stevie Wonder from performing at a Los Angeles fundraiser for Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, wrote, “We must stand united with all our brothers and sisters against racism, colonialism, segregation and apartheid.”

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But Keys dismissed the appeal, believing that music can help bring peace.

“I look forward to my first visit to Israel. Music is a universal language that is meant to unify audiences in peace and love, and that is the spirit of our show,” Alicia Keys told the New York Times.

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  • Markus E Brajtman

    Alicia, G-D will bless you.
    You are doing the right thing.
    This must be a poke in the eye of people like Desmond Tutu who is such a Jew hater and Israel hater that he has now been told by many artists, like the Cape Town Opera (all members being black) company, some years ago,not to perform in Israel as Israel is a racisit apartheid state.
    They told this little man where to get off, and performed in Israel.
    They came back with full praise of israel and saw no sign of apartheid.
    Tutu complained that the Palestinians will not be able to see their performance (PORGY AND BESS).
    But he seems to have forgotten that Palestine is not inside Israel, and need permits to travel to Israel, just like Americans cannot travel to Canada without permits
    The opera was open to every Israeli, Jew, Christian, Muslim, Druze, (every Israeli citizens) black and white.

    Thank you Alicia

    Tutu also tried to get the Under 21 world soccer to change the venue from Israel to any other countryas he called Israel an apartheid state.
    They also told him where to get off, and all the teams played in Israel. Watching TV, we could see the great sportsmanship of teams playing against Israel.

    I am sure that non of the soccer players found any form of aparthied in Israel.

    Tutu has also been telling the world to BDS againstt Israel, but unfortiunately, he has succeeded there.

    He also promoted himself to G-D. “G-D favours the Palestinians.” What a sick mind

  • We like Alicia all the more. A fine singer and a fine human being.

  • MY REPLY TO THOSE WHO WOULD BOYCOTT ISRAEL: HAVE A NICE TIME WITH YOUR ‘FAME’. WAVE G’BYE TO IT, JEW-HATERS! WE’LL GIVE YOU A HEALTHY TASTE OF YOUR OWN MEDICINE!!

  • These dumb assed celebrities live in their own make-belief world of rights and wrongs.

  • rivka bar jacinto

    all the people that boy cut israel should give up cell phones ,israeli invention.Alicia Keys-Lechaim !!

  • aall55

    Alicia is as beautiful inside as outside.

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