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Saturday, September 27, 2008

Tunisian: McCartney concert in Israel is the trumph of music over terrorism

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Paul McCartney's appearance in Israel despite terror threats is hailed by Tunisian Ftouh Souhail as a triumph of music over terrorism. 

 

The concert given by McCartney in Israel is certain to be inscribed in history. In the weeks since his announcement of his arrival in Israel, McCartney was threatened with being the target of a suicide attack, in order to force him to abandon the project. 

 

Omar Bakri, an Islamist preacher exiled to Lebanon, confirmed that McCartney's decision to take part in festivities honoring Israel's sixtieth anniversary turned him into an enemy of all Muslims. According to some sources, the singer was shocked, but refused to back down See Daily express: http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/61355/We-ll-kill-Sir-Paul-if-he-plays-Israel.

 

McCartney did well to refuse to be influenced by these threats. McCartney is a fortuitously gifted artist, but he is also extremely courageous.  

 

A man of courage and principles who stands firm .... That is so rare in the West! Paul McCartney reassured his fans in  the Jewish state that he would give the concert as scheduled in Tel Aviv: this is a promise kept.

The campaign to delegitimize Israel and the pressure on the former Beatle to cancel his concert was quite strong. Mr. McCartney deserves to be lauded for his courage. "I was approached by various groups and political bodies who asked me not to come here," he told the Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth. "I refused."

The hate preacher Omar Bakri had proclaimed that "Paul McCartney is the enemy of all Muslims." The concert of the ex-Beatle drew the ire of anti-Zionists because it  was given during the celebrations surrounding the 60th anniversary of the Jewish state.

The view that it is inappropriate to celebrate the rebirth of Israel, which has overtaken all the major leftist media and universities, did not influence the decision of McCartney to visit Israel.

Fortunately, Mr. McCartney did not seem to ask the BBC and the Guardian. "I heard so many positive things about Tel Aviv and Israel, but the hearing is one thing and experience is something else," he said in comments posted on his website.

A common accusation is that Israel is an apartheid state. In truth, Mr. McCartney gave his concert in the only country in the Middle East where Jews, Christians and Muslims, men and women can gather together in complete freedom to listen to music.

 

Ftouh Souhail

 

Citizen of the world


Note: The item below was received by e-mail. The English translation is copyright 2008 by Ami Isseroff and Zionism-Israel.com.


 

La musique triomphe sur le terrorisme

Par Ftouh Souhail

Le concert événement de la légende vivante des Beatles, qui vient de s'achever à Tel Aviv ce jeudi  25 septembre est voué à rester dans l'histoire. Depuis des semaines de l'annonce de sa venue en Israël Paul McCartney a été menacé d'être la cible d'un attentat-suicide à moins qu'il abandonne son projet de concert en Israël.

Omar Bakri [ndlr : prédicateur islamiste de Londres, exilé au Liban] a affirmé que la décision du chanteur de prendre part aux festivités du 60e anniversaire faisait de lui un ennemi pour tous les musulmans. Selon certaines sources, le chanteur a été choqué, mais a refusé de se laisser intimider. Voir le (Daily Express) :

http://www.express.co.uk/posts/view/61355/We-ll-kill-Sir-Paul-if-he-plays-Israel

Paul McCartney a fait très bien de ne pas se laisser influencer par les menaces. C'est en Israël que l'on se sent le plus en sécurité. Paul Mac Cartney est un artiste génialement doué mais aussi extrêmement courageux.

Un homme de courage et de principes qui se tient debout.... C'est tellement rare en Occident ! Paul McCartney a rassuré ses fans de l'Etat juif qu'il donnerait le concert prévu à Tel-Aviv : voilà une promesse tenue.

La campagne visant à délégitimer Israël et la pression sur l'ex-Beatle pour qu'il annule son concert était si forte. M. McCartney mérite des applaudissements pour son courage. « J'ai été approché par différents groupes et organes politiques qui m'ont demandé de ne pas venir ici », a-t-il dit au quotidien israélien Yedioth Ahronoth. « J'ai refusé ».

Le prêcheur de haine Omar Bakri avait considéré que « Paul McCartney est l'ennemi de tous les musulmans » Le concert de l'ex-Beatle a attiré l'ire d'anti-sionistes parce qu'il était donné durant les célébrations entourant le 60e anniversaire de l'Etat juif.

L'opinion selon laquelle il n'y a pas matière à célébrer la renaissance d'Israël, qui gagné l'ensemble des médias importants de gauche et les universités,  n'a pas influencé la décision de McCartney de se rendre en Israël.

Heureusement, d'ailleurs que  M. McCartney ne semble pas s'informer auprès de la BBC et du Guardian. « J'ai entendu tant de choses positives à propos de Tel-Aviv et d'Israël, mais les entendre est une chose et en faire l'expérience est autre chose », a-t-il dit dans les commentaires affichés sur son site Web.

Une accusation commune veut qu'Israël soit un État d'apartheid. En vérité, M. McCartney a donné son concert dans le seul pays au Moyen-Orient où des Juifs, des chrétiens et des musulmans, des hommes et des femmes, peuvent se retrouver ensemble en toute liberté pour écouter de la musique.

Ftouh Souhail, Tunis

Citoyen du Monde


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