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November 14, 2013 5:13 pm

Crooner Sir Tom Jones Condemns Boycotts of Israel by Musicians After Playing Tel Aviv

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British crooner Sir Tom Jones has been targeted by a BDS campaign, but went forward with two performances in Tel Aviv in October. Photo: WikiCommons.

British crooner Sir Tom Jones has been targeted by a BDS campaign, but went forward with two performances in Tel Aviv in October. Photo: WikiCommons.

British crooner Sir Tom Jones condemned boycotts of Israel by musicians after playing two sold out shows in Tel Aviv last month, the UK Jewish News reported.

“I was in Israel two weeks ago where a lot of singers won’t go (because of the boycott campaign). I don’t agree with that. I think entertainers should entertain. They should go wherever, there shouldn’t be any restrictions. That’s why I went there. I did two shows in Tel Aviv and it was fantastic,” he told the Jewish News.

In August, Israel’s Consul for Public Affairs in New York, Gil Lainer, said the Welsh singer had become “the latest victim of a fringe campaign pushing for a boycott of Israel, which bullies artists and academics from coming to Israel,” and encouraged Israel supporters to contact him via Twitter (@RealSirTomJones) with positive messages. Lainer credited the activism of online supporters of Israel as the reason why “artists like Alicia Keys stood up to online bullying, and had an amazing time in Israel this July in a pair of sold out shows.”

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Sir Tom’s Tel Aviv performances were his first in Israel in more than a decade. The trip went forward despite a 2,000-signature petition from the Cardiff Palestine Solidarity Campaign calling for him to boycott Israel “Please don’t whitewash Israel’s apartheid policies against Palestinians,” the petition read. “A performance in Israel today is akin to a performance in apartheid South Africa.”

Sir Tom said: “I wanted to go because the Israeli people have asked me. They would like me to go and sing and I don’t see any problem in doing that. I don’t see why anyone would mix up the two things – entertainment and politics.”

Saying he was “so glad I went”, Sir Tom revealed he’d “definitely” like to perform there again, the UK Jewish News reported. “They’re already talking about it. The promoter that took me out there said we’d like you back next week if we could.”

“I live in Los Angeles and over there the Jewish community does much for charity,” he said. “Of course I’m from Great Britain and I started seeing Jewish charities first hand in the 60s. I’ve always been supportive.”

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  • Emil Kormuth

    The boycott is a proof of stupidity, it is declaration of hate and intolerance!

  • Lynne T

    Membership in the various “PSCs” and other BDS-promoting organizations in Great Britain is an opportunity for nutbars to congregate and feel good about themselves while doing absolutley nothing useful for the Palestinians they claim to champion and provides employment to the otherwise unemployable paid organizers.

  • BARRYS

    Wonderful to hear that a talented celebrity is not being bullied by the Jew-haters trying to demonize Israel, the ONLY democracy in the Middle East, with constant lies. Good job Tom Jones! Other celebrities should follow.

  • Howard Glantz

    What a great story – I have even more appreciation for the star my mother z”l loved to watch move!

  • Mark_

    Thank you to Sir Tom Jones for standing up for Israel and the Jewish people. The boycott of Israel is simply wrong. The boycott against Israel is led by people who are against freedom of expression and democracy and people who support terrorism by trying to weaken and bring down Israel so it will stand alone in its fight for survival.

  • Steve Marks

    Kol HaKavod Sir Tom….. עם ישראל ×—×™

  • mireille mechoullam

    We need more people like Sir Jones not to be intimidated by all the Jews haters who simply are jalous of Israel success.

    All I can say: you’re a mensh.

  • Half-Breed

    I can’t understand why any entertainer would kowtow to this crap. Imagine how desperate they must be to try to keep musicians out of Israel. Kind of pathetic, aren’t they?

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