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Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Just Another Brick in Co-Existence

Former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters has switched concert venues for his upcoming concert in Israel. Orignally, the concert was supposed to take place in Tel Aviv, but, because of Palestinian criticism, the show will be taking place in Neve Shalom, the Arab-Israeli (also called Wahat el Saalam) town near Jerusalem. The venue change was made in hopes of supporting co-existence.

In an open letter to Waters after the concert was first announced, dozens of Palestinian artists urged him to stay away "at a time when Israel continues unabated with its colonial and apartheid designs to further dispossess, oppress and ultimately ethnically cleanse Palestinians from their homeland."

Pink Floyd's Another Brick in the Wall has become something of an anthem of resistance to the massive barrier Israel is building across the West Bank, although the lyrics have been adapted to read: "We don't need no occupation. We don't need no racist wall."

During a time when many musical acts don't put Israel on their tour list, Waters says he isn't apologetic for going there.

"I would not rule out going to Israel because I disapprove of the foreign policy any more than I would refuse to play in the UK because I disapprove of (British Prime Minister)Tony Blair's foreign policy,"

For those of you who don't know, Neve Shalom/Wahat El Saalam was made famous in a Benetton ad campaign called "Enemies" back in 1998. It sparked much debate and contraversy, especially because of this photo showing an Arab and Israeli kissing.

While I don't support what the Palestinians wrote in their letter, I do think holding a concert in Neve Shalom is a good idea. It could be worse. Waters could have backed out completely. But instead, he chose a diplomatic way of handling the situation. Music brings people together. And if music, for even one night, can bring people together in Israel without conflict, then I'm all for it.


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