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Alanis Morissette To Perform Concert In Israel

Alanis Morrissette

Despite opposition from anti-Israel groups, singer-songwriter, actress, and seven-time Grammy winner Alanis Morissette will be performing a concert in Tel Aviv Israel today at the Nokia Arena. The performance will be the final concert on her “Guardian Angel” world tour. She performed two gigs in Israel in 2000.

According to Arutz Sheva, the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel had urged her to cancel due to the recent Gaza conflict and the ongoing political situation between Israel and the Palestinians. Similar sentiments had been expressed via Twitter and Facebook.

The Times of Israel reports that Morissette, however, arrived in the Jewish state on Friday:

“Morissette decided to expedite her arrival so that her family could enjoy a few days in Israel, including a visit to Jerusalem’s Old City.

“The singer, best known for her 1995 album ‘Jagged Little Pill,’ which has sold in excess of 33 million copies worldwide, said she was ‘delighted’ to return to the country. ‘I had a great time in Israel professionally, spiritually and emotionally,’ she said in a media statement.”

Alanis Morrissette visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem today:

Alanis Morrissette at the Western Wall, Jerusalem

A group called StandWithUsIsrael claims that Morissette has even received threats from anti-Israel groups for going ahead with the concert.

Many of Israel’s opponents at the United Nations and elsewhere throw around the term “apartheid,” but, as Prof. William Jacobson asserts at Legal Insurrection, “roughly half of Israeli Jews are from or the descendants of Jews from Arab lands expelled after the creation of Israel.”

Every country has its significant flaws, but, contrary to the propaganda that often permeates the media, the state of Israel is the only multicultural, secular, Western-style democracy in the Middle East where every citizen — regardless of faith or non-faith — enjoys the protections of the rule of law.

Under pressure, Stevie Wonder recently pulled out of a concert to raise money for the “Friends of the Israel Defense Forces.”

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  1. Shaun Narine

    I think that the more and more Israel bends towards being an outright apartheid state, the further and further it gets from being a "Western-style democracy." Indeed, I can think of no Western democracy that explicitly gives preferential treatment to a single religious group. The irony is that, in fact, Israel is much closer to it neighbours than any Western state. Like many of them, it is characterized by one religious group oppressing and controlling others.