Mor­ris­sey: Is­rael is the light that never goes out

The Jewish Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - BY LEE HARPIN

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.

PHOTO: PA

Mor­ris­sey: proZion­ist song

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