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BRICUP | February 2010

OPEN LETTER TO ELTON JOHN

OPEN LETTER TO ELTON JOHN

Dear Elton John:

Like much of the world, we think youre a good bloke. You came out when it was

difficult; you admitted your addictions were stronger than you were; youve

poured money into AIDS research. Oh, and then theres the music not bad at

all.

But were struggling to understand why youre playing in Israel on June 17. You

may say youre not a political person, but does an army dropping white

phosphorus on a school building full of children demand a political response?

Does walling a million and a half people up in a ghetto and then pounding that

ghetto to rubble require a political response from us, or a human one?

We think it needs a human response, and we think that by choosing to play in Tel

Aviv youre denying this. Youre behaving as if playing in Israel is morally

neutral but how can it be? How can the cruelties Israel practises against the

Palestinians fundamentally because the Palestinians are there, on Palestinian

land, and Israel wants them to go be morally neutral?

Okay, you turn up in Ramat Gan, and it gets to that Candle in the Wind moment,

and thousands of lighters flicker but there wont be any Palestinians from the

Occupied Territories swaying along with the Israelis the army wont let them

leave their ghettoes. Please read what Judge Goldstone said about the onslaught

on Gaza; what Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have been saying

for decades about the crimes committed against the Palestinians. Of course the

Israeli state denies it has a case to answer, though its knee-deep in ethnic

cleansing and land-theft and the endless daily suffocating of Palestinian lives and

hopes.

Political or not political, when you stand up on that stage in Tel Aviv, you line

yourself up with a racist state. Do you want to give them the satisfaction?

Please dont go.

Yours sincerely,

Professor Haim Bresheeth

Mike Cushman

Professor Steven Rose

Professor Jonathan Rosenhead

London, February 2010

BRICUP, BM BRICUP, London WC1N 3XX

bricup@bricup.org.uk   www.bricup.org.uk

Posted on 04-02-2010


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