May 18, 2010, - 3:02 pm

“Peace, Love & Understanding”?: Has-Been Elvis Costello Boycotts Israel

By Debbie Schlussel

Recently, I told you about several anti-Israel parties pressuring Elton John to cancel his scheduled concert in Tel Aviv. To his credit, John heretofore has ignored them (unlike Carlos Santana, who did bow to the anti-Israel boycott).


Latest HAMASnik: Evils Costello (Freudian Typo)

(Elvis Costello Scum Art by The JIDF)

Sadly, a has-been from the ’80s, Elvis Costello, not only doesn’t have John’s staying power from the ’80s, but he does not have the cojones that John has displayed. He’s boycotting Israel. Our friend, the JIDF, has the complete details on Costello’s decision to appease HAMAS. As JIDF notes, Costello is attributing his cancellation of two concerts in Israel on the “intimidation” and “humiliation” of Palestinians. Tell it to Gilad Shalit and the residents of Sderot, Elvis. Tell it to the victims of Munich. Tell it to the Palestinians who are–every single day–humiliated and intimidated by their own rival factions and corrupt terrorist leaders. Read the great commentary on this latest candidate for the “Shut Up and Sing” human waste management file.

“What’s so funny about peace, love and understanding?” That Elvis Costello, the singer of those words has zero comprehension of them. Instead, he’s embraced the forces of violence, hatred, and intolerance in the Islamic and anti-Semitic worlds (redundant).

Buh-bye, Elvis HAMAStello. It wasn’t nice knowin’ ya.

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66 Responses

I hereby boycott Elvis Costello the “has been”.

Zippy on May 18, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    Limnor Livnat said that it shows how much appreciation he has for his Israeli fans… none. He’s still a washed over, has been 80s wonder and Debbie’s tag is fitting indeed.

    Its been nice knowing Hamastello! Let’s all bid him bye!

    NormanF on May 18, 2010 at 6:03 pm


hahahhahah on May 18, 2010 at 5:35 pm

Never could stand his gutless and bland non-music anyway. Garbage in garbage out.

roger on May 18, 2010 at 5:41 pm

    costello became irrelevant back in the eighties- displaying his racism by calling Ray Charles a N***!, for which Stephen Stills clocked him (breaking his signature specs, according to a Rolling Stone article), so why should anybody be surprised by this dickless wonder who, by boycotting Israel, supports the terrorist societies of the mid-east. His wife Diana Krall would not be allowed to appear in public without wearing a burka.

    alan on July 19, 2010 at 11:38 am

Another excellent post, Debbie.

I never liked his music, nor do I have any of his music items. Therefore, it is no loss to me.

Also, in light of this post, Elvis should change the words from “What’s so funny about peace, love and understanding?” to “What is peace, love, and understanding?”

JeffE on May 18, 2010 at 5:46 pm

What happened Debbie? You initially blocked me. Now suddenly removed by block?

Adi on May 18, 2010 at 5:47 pm

    I thought the same and e-mailed her. This site crashed from heavy traffic is what happened.

    hermster on May 18, 2010 at 6:00 pm

      Debbie has gotten exposure like nothing I’ve ever seen.

      Its off the charts!

      NormanF on May 18, 2010 at 6:57 pm

You’re great, Debbie! Keep it up. I MAMASH love you!!! 🙂 Have a good yom tov.

Avrumy on May 18, 2010 at 5:53 pm

I’m new to your site. Keep tellin’ it like it is. You are the American version of Geert Wilders?

Raymond on May 18, 2010 at 5:55 pm

    She’s honored to be in such good company. Watch “Fitna”. Its worth your time.

    NormanF on May 18, 2010 at 8:19 pm

Go onto Facebook and go to Elvis Costello’s page and voice your opinion. That will be a great place for his people and him to see it.
He caved into pressure from loudmouth Muslim extremist groups.

He is a spineless coward in my opinion.

Stephen on May 18, 2010 at 5:55 pm

Debbie, I’m asking a favor from you. Please consider deleting any derogatory remarks made by your enemies. Please don’t let this be their sounding post for their hateful, threatening speech. Let them go elsewhere. Thanks.

Raymond on May 18, 2010 at 5:58 pm

im just curious what elvis thinks this will accomplish

he has basically been a cult act for the past 20 years

i love the guy, and have loved his music since the late 70s and if this were a pattern (ie he had cancelled concerts in britain and america as a result of the continued occupation of iraq and afghanistan) i could respect him

whatever….sir paul played tel aviv….that pretty much trumps anything that elvis can do

walt kovacs on May 18, 2010 at 6:04 pm

I’ve always been a fan of his and have a few of his albums, but I do believe that is going to change.

I wonder if I should dump the Diana Krall CDs too?

Greg H. on May 18, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    Diana Krall, although she for some reasson finds this homunculus sexually intriguing, nonetheless did NOT cancel her Israel performances. She performed quite well, there.

    Occam's Tool on January 14, 2011 at 5:34 pm

I like Elvis Costello’s music, but he’s going Dixie Chicks on Israel here.

Probably doing this ’cause he can’t get on Law & Order.

I understand the liberty of free speech for anyone. But EC better STFU regarding any critical comments that come his way in the future from wherever.

P. Aaron on May 18, 2010 at 6:13 pm

America really is a fading superpower…

Bob on May 18, 2010 at 6:18 pm

Um, has been? Maybe in some circles but then some Americans wouldn’t know who Mozart was.

You, on the other hand madam, are not a has been. You are a never was.

Bye Ugly Debbie!

Liane on May 18, 2010 at 6:59 pm

It is time to start fighting back by counter boycotts against these entertainers. It is also against the US anti Israel boycott laws for these entertainers to boycott Israel. Just last weekend I live in a suburb of a large Texas City that decided to boycott Arizona. I commented in the local TV news comment section that we should boycott the boy-cotters. Thousands of people here in Texas are now boycotting that city. There is a strong backlash potential and it should be capitalized. Investigate who are funding these Anti Israel boy-cotters, report these boy-cotters to the Anti Israel Boycott compliance office fight back.

Ralph Levy on May 18, 2010 at 7:05 pm

Gimme a break! If Israel was located on a strip of land in Alaska, you know that the Palestinians would still hate them because they’re “Jews,” aka- the sons & daughters of Isaac.

Patrick on May 18, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    If Israel were on a strip of land in Alaska, you could bet every crappy Palastinian would come out of the wood work and move to Alaska just to bomb Jews

    GBo on May 19, 2010 at 8:12 pm

Liane, you chime in re hot water bottle elvis costello, (dooch bag), tie in your position invoking mozart, and then spend more precious minutes on DS website arguing she is a “never was”…and end with a roughly 4th grade sign off??? are you kidding us? this is arguably the lamest, dorkiest slam on all of the worldwide web in days…i am only praying DS is not humiliated, cowering in the corner contemplating slashing her wrisrs with an exacto knife and bleeding…

hill billy on May 18, 2010 at 7:25 pm

Stop the press! You mean Debbie is backing the same “homosexual” (boo-hiss) who talked about a “gay” Jesus not too long ago. By Schlussian logic (excuse the neologism), Debbie is FULLY supporting an axiomatically heretical view of Christianity. If you’re a good Christian, YOU can no longer support Debbie.

(They’re your rules Debbie, I’m just playing by ’em).

devilsinthedetails on May 18, 2010 at 9:18 pm

Right on! Another washed performer who can’t sell enough tickets. The only thing Elvis Costello has ever taken a stand on is where he gets his next free meal. Have a good retirement Elvis performing for the old age homes in Panama.

Fan From Boston on May 18, 2010 at 10:04 pm

The “has been” Elvis Costello, hosts an interview show called “Spectacle” on the Sundance Channel, his executive producer??? Elton John

Tom on May 18, 2010 at 11:32 pm

I boycotted Elvis Costello before it was cool.

Pinandpuller on May 18, 2010 at 11:47 pm

I just ordered a “Best of Elvis Costello” CD on Amazon. Thanks for the tip!

Eric on May 18, 2010 at 11:54 pm

First of all, I would like to point out to everyone that Elvis Costello did NOT write or originally record the song “What’s So Funny About Peace Love And Understanding.” It was written by his (then) producer Nick Lowe, and originally recorded by Lowe’s band “Brinsley Shwarz,” several years before Costello’s 1978 hit recording.

That being said, in my opinion, Costello’s last good CD was “All This Useless Beauty,” and that was 14 years ago already. I haven’t really cared for anything he’s done since then, and I always check CDs out at the library before I decide whether or not they are worth purchasing, therefore, I don’t own anything he’s done in this century.

Whatever his political views are now, it cannot be denied that from 1977-1996, he released a body of work that completely surpasses everyone else’s from that same period, and I’ll continue to enjoy listening to that music.

By the way, I also enjoy most of Cat Steven’s oeüvré from 1966-1974. The last three albums he released under that name (in 1976, 1977 and 1978 respectively) were rather bland and tuneless, and even if he hadn’t morphed into an ass in 1979, I still would have no desire to listen to anything he’s done since the mid 70s.

Daniel H on May 19, 2010 at 12:20 am

Interesting how he seems to match the Hamas logo. Thank you for appreciating my work and for sending some folks my way! As you know, the feeling is mutual.

Chag Sameach!

David on May 19, 2010 at 12:48 am

Debbie you are inch above clueless. It is sad that you attack anyone that disagrees with you. There are two sides to every story & every side deserves to be heard.

What?!?! on May 19, 2010 at 1:40 am

What a shitty write-up!
“Buh-bye, Elvis HAMAStello. It wasn’t nice knowin’ ya.”
Is that how you conclude your article?…Fucking hell, an MBA?!
Who’d you blow to get it?

This was the second and last page I read on your pathetic blog / web site. Give me something compelling to read, not rants like a little cry baby. You’re arguing for Gilad Shalit?!!! Who on earth sponsors this rubbish?

Is this how people make money these days? I’d be Gates if I started my own spot. American dream is right…slap on some lipstick and hop on for a ride…here comes Debbie

adrian on May 19, 2010 at 2:39 am

“in the Islamic and anti-Semitic worlds (redundant)”

By “redundant”, are you saying that Islamic equals anti-Semitic?

Versae on May 19, 2010 at 2:56 am

    read the Qur’an lately? other islamic texts? the jew hatred throughout is clear as night and day. islam teaches that jews are descendants of apes and pigs.

    david on May 19, 2010 at 8:04 am

    Yes, she did and I am going on the record as endorsing her view.

    NormanF on May 19, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    Yes, Versae, because that’s the way to bet. To be more precise, Mohammed was a vicious thief, in addition to being a mass murdering child rapist.

    Occam's Tool on June 29, 2011 at 12:10 am

i dont like being boycotted – but i dont even know who this guy is

lirun on May 19, 2010 at 5:21 am

David, in the Qur’an it says Jews are descendants of Abraham and they are considered as believers, just as Christians and Muslims, not as infidels, and certainly not as descendants of apes and pigs.

I think you never read the Qur’an and you are only making assumptions based on what you were told to believe by people such as Debbie.

Muslims do not hate Jews, there are thousands of Jews in Iran who were never discriminated nor targeted by any kind of sectarian violence. Iranian Jews have several representatives in parliament and they have total freedom of worship (for example, Muslims are not allowed to produce or own alcohol – let alone drink any – but Jews can)

Also in Lebanon, although a part of the Jewish community left the country during the war in the 70s and 80s (like hundreds of thousands of other Muslim, Christian or Druze Lebanese) they were never discriminated or targeted by other communities.
Today, the Maghen Abraham Synagogue in Beirut – Lebanon is being renovated and this project enjoyed a warm welcome and support from other Lebanese communities because people here make a clear distinction between peace-loving Jews and the COUNTRY Israel whose army killed thousands of Lebanese and bombed the country countless times (since the 70s, meaning 10 years before Hezbollah even existed).

The state of Israel hides behind Judaism to make any criticism -or boycott- appear as anti-Semitic but this is wrong. We can have nothing against a religion and still believe what A COUNTRY, its GOVERNMENT and its IDEOLOGY OF CONQUEST, OCCUPATION AND ETHNIC CLEANSING are WRONG.

Versae on May 19, 2010 at 9:10 am

    Dear Versae: Yes, conquest, occupation and ethnic cleansing are all wrong. Israel never did any ethnic cleansing. Ir expelled SOME Arabs after 5 Arabs states attacked Israel in 1948. Conquest? Israel never attacked any country that wasn’t shooting at it or openly preparing to attack it or hadn’t already attacked it and they’ve been more ready to give back the land they won in fair fight-land they need for their own security-then any other country on the planet. Occupation? Israel pulled out of Lebanon, the Sinai and Gaza. Israel is prepared to pull out of the West Bank. When you write about “A COUNTRY, its GOVERNMENT and its IDEOLOGY OF CONQUEST, OCCUPATION AND ETHNIC CLEANSING,” I believe you must be thinking of France. Ever hear of Alsace-Lorraine?

    Miranda Rose Smith on May 20, 2010 at 3:09 am

Elvis Costello made a living out of being classless and even as a has been he is still an embarassment to “entertainment” as an industry. Trying famous first names didn’t work. Trying famous last names didn’t work. Now proclaiming senseless causes doesn’t work either. It’s a 100 percent certainty he’ll have zero impact.

William Burton on May 19, 2010 at 9:53 pm

Versae, the Arabs cleansed entire lands of Jews. You think a Jew could become a citizen or a minister in the government in ANY Arab country?

Think again because your historical revisionism is at complete odds with the historical record.

NormanF on May 19, 2010 at 9:54 pm

NormanF > What historical record? I challenge you to find any credible source to back your historical revisionist theory that Arabs or Muslims ever cleansed lands of Jews. This is pure propaganda aimed at justifying Israel’s own cleansing of Palestinians that started over 60 years ago.
And about Jews being citizens of Arab or Muslim countries, I already answered that in my previous post (which you dont seem to have read, else you would have known that many members of the Iranian parliament are Jews)

Versae on May 20, 2010 at 12:59 am

    So Israel’s cleansing of Palestinians started over 60 years ago? Say, in 1948, when Jordan expelled all its Jews including the Jews whose families had lived in the Old City for generations? In 1948, hundreds of thousands of JEWS were Palestinians; it said so right on their birth certificates. Are you saying Israel cleansed them? As I’m sure even you know, the Arabs in Israel, the ones Israel wasn’t forced to expel when those five Arab states attacked Israel and who didn’t chose to leave because they figured Israel would be defeated in a week and they could come back and loot Jewish property, from the start enjoyed full civil rights, voted, attended universities, sat in the Knesset. Today a lot of Israelis worry that the Israeli Arabs will one day Democratically and demographically take the country over, and only a few extremists, like the late Meir Kahane, suggest expelling them. What “cleansing of Palestinians?” Israel cleansed the Sinai and Gaza of JEWS. Are you sure you’re not thinking of JORDAN? They really DID kick out the Palestinians, their fellow Arabs. Ever hear of Black September?

    Miranda Rose Smith on May 20, 2010 at 3:23 am

    Dear Versae: You obviously sympathize with Arabs who feel they’re being ethnically cleansed if they have to share the planet with Jews. Will you continue to sympathize with them when they feel they’re being ethnically cleansed because they have to share the planet with you?

    Miranda Rose Smith on May 20, 2010 at 3:34 am

    Apparently you can’t be bothered to look at history. Recitation of the truth is wasted on the likes of you.


    NormanF on May 20, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Where are the 800,000 Jews in Arab countries pre-1948. Who has their land, and how did they get it? Was compensation paid to those Jews?

    Occam's Tool on January 27, 2011 at 5:52 pm

So Elvis Costello has cancelled his concerts in Israel because the now-so-called “Palestinians,” who are culturally, linguistically and historically ARABS, fell intimidated and humiliated at having to share the planet with Jews. What will he do when the Arabs start feeling intimidated and humiliated at having to share the planet with him? Cancel himself?

Miranda Rose Smith on May 20, 2010 at 1:49 am

Miranda – I think that’s an excellent idea. They obviously don’t care to listen to dhimmi music!

NormanF on May 20, 2010 at 6:37 pm

I used to love Elvis Costello, but I think you made a misstatement on his career. He is a 70’s has been, having really only two great albums.

Rodrigue Planck on May 21, 2010 at 1:25 pm

Badly photoshopped derogatory words on people’s faces?

Are you still seven years old?

TheGadfly on May 22, 2010 at 3:30 am

This is what Elvis Costello needs to do in the hope of becoming relevant to someone again……sad….

Tina Ramirez on May 22, 2010 at 5:18 am

But debbie, you are a pig. So what the reporter said was true. Why are you upset? you think you’re the only one that can say anything about people. The difference you talk about PEOPLE, the reporter was actually talking about a pig- you. You’re a dirty little zionist pig. And as far as the Nazi’s implications goes, too bad you weren’t around at the time of the Nazis. May a katusha find it’s way up your pig ass. The more you keep whining and insulting Miss America, Rima the ARAB MUSLIM, hahahahahaha, the more it’s obvious how incredibly jealous you are. Let’s face it sweety, the only contest you could win would be at a fair, the “biggiest pig” contest. So go enter, get your award, and you can call yourself an award winning journalist. Albeit, a blue ribbon for being the biggest pig isnt the same, but still you’d have an award 😛

Amy on May 23, 2010 at 3:43 pm

damn Zionis chick make me horny

saeef on May 23, 2010 at 6:33 pm

Thanks Debbie. At least one person has the ‘you know what’ to tell the truth. There needs to be an Elvis Costello boycott in return. Maybe put pressure to prevent him performing at any American venues.

bill f on May 31, 2010 at 2:53 am

You’re all right. Israel has never done anything wrong ever. I can’t believe Elvis would want to boycott such an inclusive, loving, peace-filled country. We should probably bomb and economically subjugate anyone who hates Israel. I’m sure every country we do that to will love us forever for having forced them to see the light.

gunDy on June 6, 2010 at 10:58 pm

i’m glad i found your site. i used to be a huge elvis fan, but no longer. to tell you the truth, he music really began to stink about 25 years ago, but i pretented it didn’t out of loyalty (and frankly, not a small amount of pity). but now i’ve had enough of that tosh. elvis is just a hypocritical old lefty, just like so many others in his line of work. don’t argue with these people- it’s a complete waste of time. just remember that after we get over these disappointments, we will know we can do without elvis.

jon on June 19, 2010 at 11:04 pm

I’m sorry to slightly disagree with you, Debbie, but to be a “has-been” you must first be a “was.” “Veronica” was his highest scoring American hit, hitting number 19. Compare to “My Sharona,” by the Knack, #1. Hell, the Village People consistently kicked Elvis’ butt on the charts (and I would rather listen to “YMCA” than “Watching the Detectives.”

Cult favorite, yes. But compared to the real Elvis, not much of an Attraction.

Occam's Tool on July 14, 2010 at 1:40 am

I have one Elvis Costello CD but its in a box because I moved. But as soon as I find it, I’m gonna burn it and use the fire to cook a nice big Israeli meal with lots of Israeli products that I buy. F U Elvis Costello burn in hell with all your arab terrorist cronies. All my mishpuchah in Israel will burn your CDS too, if they have any.

ILoveIsrael on August 17, 2010 at 1:47 am

Debbie sorry for the bad language, its just that I love Israel so much and I have so much mispucha living there that I’m strong minded when it comes to their safety and security. And any enemy of Israel is an enemy to me.

ILoveIsrael on August 17, 2010 at 1:50 am

Presumably had Costello played in Israel, he’d not be a “has been” & “scum”. Brilliant Conservative logic as always.

Still, console your rational minded selves with the knowledge that this “has been scum”‘s wife, Diana Krall DID NOT boycott your beloved State whilst you’re burning your Elvis Costello cds.

You might think Costello is “scum”, but he hasn’t, as far as I know, murdered unarmed aid workers in cold blood, so your outrage seems at odds with his decision for boycotting your wonderful state. As for being a “has been”…ask yourself how many people around the world know or care who “Debbie Schlussel” is, let alone any one of the little American idiots littering her blog pages with their poisonous views.

Irene Shubik on August 25, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Strange that a talentless worthless cow like you even attempts to undermine this mans achievements and status.
    I will begin to take idiot fame seeking clowns like you seriously when you can sit down and pen a jazz classic like “almost blue” until then just go back behind you little banke and count your filthy ill begotten gains which you fleeced fro all of us hard working gentile folks.
    The internet has exposed Zionists for the pathological power hungry Satanists that they are.
    Long live Palestine and its wonderful semite people.

    Lisbonlion on March 7, 2017 at 11:03 pm

Thank you Mr. Costello.

When Elton John went ahead with his concert in Apartheid Israel he said, as a slight to those refused to entertain the racists he said that he, “did not cherry pick his conscience”. The reason for this of course is he doesn’t have one.
Boycott! Divest! Sanction!

Roy Veigh on October 12, 2010 at 11:10 am

    Dear Roy,

    Please boycott all Jewish/Israeli designed medical devices too, gonif.

    I bet you won’t.

    Occam's Tool on January 14, 2011 at 5:37 pm


As a Canadian Jew I love your writing. I loved your Elvis column about him being Jewish. I loved this. I already knew it but I knew it anyway. Too bad it has not gone into the mainstream consciousness.

I hope people like Elvis Costello go bankrupt. They are not acting out of consiousness but out of dollars. They think there are more Muslims than Jews in the world and are thus catering to their market etc.

Good luck Debbie in your actions. If I can be of help in Canada please let me know

tony craig on June 30, 2012 at 9:12 pm

Yeah see you’re the reason why people hate Jews! tony! The Jews control the world the Jews control amerikkka the Jews control the media the Jews basically control everything. Yeah there maybe more Jews than Muslims and we non-Jews have to keep on kissing Jewish ass! You killed Christians Lord and Saviour!
It’s okay for Jews to get away with murder. U.S.S.R. disproportinate amount of Commie Jews! (Communism was create by a Jew bu the way!) East Germany! Berlin Wall… Tisk, tisk! and many other murders in Eastern European country’s! You Commie scum! Fuck Racism! Fuck sexism! Fuck homophobia! Why that rant? I’m a left-wing Anarchist and only appreciate the Anarchist writings of the anti-Semitic Father of Anarchism!
Even he knew that Jews had one foot in the door of kkkapitali$m and one foot in the door of kkkommunism!
P.S. Elvis Presley was NOT Jewish… you schmuck!

Karl on July 9, 2012 at 7:13 am

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