Morrissey: Israel is the light that never goes out
POP ICON Morrissey has accused those who “rain abuse” on Israel of doing so because they are “jealous” of the country.
In the lyrics of his new song, Israel, the former Smiths frontman also accuses unnamed enemies of wanting to instil their own “dark sky” on the Jewish state.
The near six-minute long pro-Zionist ballad is the closing track on Morrissey’s new album Low In High School.
The singer, who has regularly performed concerts in Tel Aviv, sings: “In other climes they bitch and whine/Just because you are not like them — Israel, Israel”.
Referencing Israel’s critics, he adds: “And they who reign abuse upon you – they are jealous of you as well”.
Morrissey also attempts to avoid accusations of becoming an apologist for excessive Israeli military actions, suggesting he “can’t answer” for army matters. Israel is not the only track on the album in which the star deals with Jewish-related themes.
On The Girl From Tel Aviv Who Wouldn’t Kneel, the star pays tribute to the theatrical production of the same name based on the diaries of Etty Hillesum, who was murdered in Auschwitz in 1943.
Morrissey’s positive stance towards Israel stretches back over a decade — he once appeared on stage in Tel Aviv draped in an Israeli flag.
In 2008 he ignored calls by BDS campaigners to pull out of a concert there and ended a show saying: “God bless Israel”.
In 2012 he was given a key to the city of Tel Aviv by Mayor Ron Huldai. “I have become a small face of Tel Aviv. I will be very happy torepresent with integrity and loyalty,” the singer said.
His new album, which is his first since 2014, is out on November 17.
Morrissey: proZionist song