Monday, March 19th | 3 Nisan 5778


Be in the know!

Get our exclusive daily news briefing.

October 25, 2013 2:59 pm

Simon Cowell: Secret Israeli?

avatar by Chas Newkey-Burden

Email a copy of "Simon Cowell: Secret Israeli?" to a friend

Simon Cowell. Photo: Wikipedia.

I smiled when I heard that Simon Cowell had donated $50,000 to the Friends of the IDF charity. I was pleased, but not surprised. I’ve thought for a long time that Cowell and Israel have a lot in common.

When I researched my biography of Cowell, the similarities kept occurring to me. Like Israel, Cowell is: loved and hated; successful to an extent that enrages the envious; disproportionately written about; much discussed but little understood; big in America.

He is also a bit like an Israeli: painfully blunt but surprisingly sweet underneath it all. Everyone I interviewed for my book told me what a lovely man he is behind the scenes. X Factor finalist Niki Evans probably put it best when she told me: “He’s a hard man with a heart, that’s what he is.”

I can only imagine how excited my dear friend, the beautiful Bristolian broad Julie Burchill, was when she heard about Cowell’s donation. When Julie and I co-wrote a book about hypocrisy, we crowned Cowell our leading anti-hypocrite. During our semi-regular drinking sessions, some of which lasted as cripplingly long as 18 hours, our two most regular talking points were Israel and Simon Cowell. Both of us love both of them.

During one of these epic encounters, Julie predicted: “I believe that one day Simon Cowell will do something beautiful for Israel.” You were right, Julie. But then you knew that already, didn’t you?

Visit Chas’s blog here.

Share this Story: Share On Facebook Share On Twitter Email This Article

Let your voice be heard!

Join the Algemeiner
  • Reuven

    I’ve always felt that he is tough-minded, but has a very kind heart. Thank you, Simon Cowell.

  • Arlene Adelman

    I believe Simon Cowell is half Jewish. It is nice when any one with money helps others.Because there are others less financially stable who try to do the same.

  • Kris Kristian

    A man of his calibre, should be honoured all over the world, by every Jew and every lover of Israel.
    I hope that the Christian world will recognise Cowell and follow his generosity to the IDF.
    Cowell knows, like everyone else, that Israel is being bullied by the likes of Tutu, and some musicians who are has beens and should have retired long ago.

    I only hope that the musicians/artists of the world will tell the boycotters to mind their own business, and support Israel in her fight against anti Semitism and hatred of Israel.
    Those who hate Israel, because of the lies from the Palestinians. should visit Israel and see and learn the truth. ISRAEL IS NOT AN APARTHEID STATE.
    The real racists and apartheid practisioners are the Palestinians, who have refused to recognise Israel as THE Jewish state. They have also made it know, that if they are even given a state, NO JEW WILL BE ALLOWED TO OWN PROPERTY OR LIVE IN PALESTINES. But Abbas (Arafat ina suit, holocaust denier) wants Israel to take in a few million Muslims, so that Israel will disappear, and become another Islamic state.

  • Algemeiner Staff

    We reported that Cowell may have donated much more to the IDF.

    One report had it at £150,000 or $243,000, of the $2 million raised at the LA Friends of IDF event and Haim Saban.