Sunday, September 28, 2008
In 1965, when Israel was more puritanical and insular and less westernized, a ministerial committee, fearing The Beatles' corrupting influence on the nation's youth, refused to let the group play there. Forty-three years later, Paul McCartney played a concert in Tel Aviv on September 25th, defying death threats from Islamic militants who wanted him to cancel the performance.
The visuals aren't always great in the video above, but the audio gives us lively versions of "A Day In The Life" and "Give Peace A Chance" that clearly moved the audience.
McCartney also visited Palestine, where he lit a candle for peace at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem and went to a music school. Despite the threats and the attempts to politicize his visit–inevitable in the Middle East–McCartney had a positive message for Israelis and Palestinians, as he explains in the following video: