June 19, 2013, - 1:25 pm
I’m not ashamed to say that I have a few songs from the ’80s pop duo, “Pet Shop Boys,” on my iPod for working out. (Their rendition of Where The Streets Have No Name (I Can’t Take My Eyes Off You) (2003 – Remaster) has a good, fast pace.) And, now, I’m especially unashamed, as the group tells the crowd of anti-Semitic modern day Nazis where to go and refuses to boycott Israel.
British pop duo The Pet Shop Boys is facing pressure in Britain to call off its planned performance in Tel Aviv next Sunday. Pro-Palestinian are planning to protest outside an event the band members will be participating in later this week. “Open your eyes to the ugly reality of apartheid Israel,” reads a poster prepared for the protest, which is being promoted by a pro-Palestinian called Innovative Minds. “Cancel your Tel Aviv concert. Stand with the oppressed.”
Neil Tennant [DS: one of the two “Pet Shop Boys”] said in response to the boycott calls that there was no room to compare between the Israeli government’s policy and apartheid in South Africa. “I don’t agree with this comparison of Israel to apartheid-era South Africa,” Tennant wrote on the group’s official website. “It’s a caricature. Israel has (in my opinion) some crude and cruel policies based on defense; it also has universal suffrage and equality of rights for all its citizens, both Jewish and Arab.
“In apartheid-era South Africa, artists could only play to segregated audiences; in Israel anyone who buys a ticket can attend a concert.”
Right on. Somebody in the music biz actually has a clue. Congrats, Neil Tennant, on knowing the facts, instead of falling for the mindless propaganda.
Show your support for the “Pet Shop Boys” (and this site) by buying their greatest hits (already in my collection) . . .
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