Morrissey, I became drunk on your words; I was intoxicated by you but you have finally crossed the line and I can no longer ignore it. The Smiths are probably my favourite band ever which is why I spared you from the hit list. However, your latest idiocy has offended me and many other Arabs who were fans.
Having made the political decision to play Israel, last Saturday you accepted the keys to the city from Tel Aviv mayor Ron Huldai and then compounded the situation by wrapping the Israeli flag around yourself during your performance at the Bitan 1 venue. Israeli news coverage was typified by this headline from Haaretz, ‘Morrissey shows he loves Israel in Tel Aviv concert.’ Having (mis)used a flag before in Finsbury Park, you must have been aware of the symbolic significance of what you were doing and yet you chose to wrap yourself in the flag of a nation which has, and still is, causing untold misery and death to people in the occupied territories. By playing in Israel, you had an opportunity to speak out on these issues but you’ve chosen not to, deciding instead to clothe yourself in the flag of Israel and be lauded by the country’s press as a loyal supporter to a regime as brutal as it is ruthlessly efficient. In the past, Elvis Costello called off planned gigs in Israel citing the “intimidation” and “humiliation” of Palestinians. God, even Jon Bon Jovi won’t play there!
And yet you, Morrissey, have prostituted yourself: for money, for adulation? Who knows or even cares any more. Big Mouth Strikes Again but far more important are the actions behind the gob.
I was happy in the haze of a drunken hour but Heaven knows I’m miserable now.