After Performing in Israel, Leading Musicians Joss Stone, Carlos Santana Rip BDS Efforts
Two leading musicians who recently performed in Tel Aviv despite pressure from the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement have firmly repudiated the calls for the isolation of the Jewish state.
Rocker Carlos Santana and soul artist Joss Stone blasted supporters of the anti-Israel global initiative as being unproductive and mean-spirited.
“There was a friend of mine who used to say, ‘Stop whining, complaining and b***ing. Do something constructive or shut the heck up. And so that’s my answer,” Santana, who performed in HaYarkon Park on Saturday night, told Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth when asked to respond to BDS supporters who called on him to cancel his concert. “I’m doing something from the center of my heart…to help this planet arrive with velocity of compassion and forgiveness…I’m doing something constructive and productive with my light and my energy.”
Santana, 68, added that he will donate the majority of the proceeds from his concert in Tel Aviv to Israeli and Palestinian children.
After Santana’s concert in Tel Aviv was first announced in March, BDS activists orchestrated a concerted campaign to intimidate the Grammy Award winner into cancelling the show, The Algemeiner previously reported. The anti-Israel campaigners demanded the musician stop “supporting the oppressor” and “endorsing occupation.”
British songstress Joss Stone faced similar pressure leading up to her concert on June 25 at Tel Aviv’s Barby Club. Following the performance, the singer-songwriter took to Facebook to rave about her concert and criticize BDS supporters who tried to stop it.
“Firstly, I LOVED the experience of playing in this place… Mainly because of the people. Because of their beautiful spirit. Because of their warmth and kindness, their ability to let go and feel,” she wrote on Saturday. “To condemn those you have never met in the hope for peace is quite simply counter productive. To put it as politely I can…It is a little bit silly. Some may even say foolish.”
To dismiss our brothers and sisters of this world because you are angry at a creation of someone that lives on the same land as them is judgmental and actually quite nasty. You cannot feel justified in spreading bad feeling, ever. Maybe some people feel they are helping but please believe me when I tell you you are making it worse. I understand the reasons people call for a boycott… I understand… But surely you want the boycott because you want peace, surely you want to spout anger because you want peace, surely you fight because you want peace… Well news flash…. Adding fire to fire just makes things hotter.
We are sad because we hear, see and live in amongst such terrible moments. Collectively we must try to hold on to our love for people. All people not just some but ALL! We become as bad as the ones we protest against when our words and decisions are coming from a place of hate.
Stone’s concert, part of her Total World Tour, was her first show in Israel. During the performance, she told the packed audience, “I feel so lucky today; I never thought I’d be playing in Israel.”