I am more disappointed in the fact that Yusaf Islam (Cat Stevens) accepted the invitation to perform in Israel than the fact that he was denied entry, on ‘security grounds’.

I am even more disappointed that Mercedes Sousa accepted the invitation as well and is here at the moment to perform. This, despite many personal appeals to her to reconsider performing here…. which is an endorsement of the Apartheid system.

Sousa is, or at least should be, aware of the role the International Solidarity Movements played in helping to restore Democracy to her native Argentina during the days of the fascist dictatorship there. Is it not expecting to much for a person such as herself, a well known advocate of Human Rights, to do the same here?

As for Islam, his actions are nothing less than a disgrace. For a man of his stature to turn his back on his own Islamic brothers and sisters is an unforgivable crime. Much more was expected of him.

The performances were to be at the Peres Centre for Peace, which is an insult in itself. To name a centre dedicated to Peace after an avowed war criminal is unforgivable. The man has lied his way through over 60 years of Israel’s history and continues to do so.



  1. October 24, 2008 at 13:42

    […] to do so. SHAME ON YOU SHIMON PERES!!!   BOYCOTT ISRAEL ~~~ DON’T ENDORSE ITS POLICIES! From Desert Peace Tagged as: Apartheid, Boycott Israel, Cat Stevens, Israel, Mercedes Sousa, Shimon Peres, Yusuf […]

  2. Masher1 said,

    October 24, 2008 at 15:46

    Bedfellows are a good way to sort out the SCUM. Flirting with the israeli will put you on the SCUM list pretty quick.

    Good luck zion man.

  3. October 24, 2008 at 15:51

    […] THE ‘PEACE TRAIN’ WON’T BE STOPPING IN ISRAEL October 24, 2008 Posted by verteta in Israel. trackback Full Link : HERE […]

  4. J Flores said,

    October 24, 2008 at 18:01

    WHILE THE MOVE DOESN’T PANDER TO PARTISANS – it plays much better on the ‘neutral audience’, which is the ‘face’ of ‘western democracies’, when demonstrating Israel’s racism (etc.), that Israel denied these two performers entrance, rather than these performers refusing to play. Since one of the real goals on our end is to discredit Israel and its use of the word ‘Security’, let’s let them continue to let them shove that foot of theirs into their mouth.

    This incident proves our point that ‘we enjoy the their company but they don’t enjoy ours’.

  5. Terry said,

    October 24, 2008 at 23:46

    “Our careers have fallen and they can`t get up”-yusuf islam and mercedes sousa.

    What hopeless, talentless twits (just like paul mccartney) they are.

  6. DavidG. said,

    October 25, 2008 at 02:06

    Americans also use the word ‘security’ to justify their continuing barbarism.

    Of course if America goes bankrupt then Israel will be up the creek without a paddle.

    Could this be a case of getting two birds with one stone? I hope so.

  7. Robin said,

    October 25, 2008 at 12:46

    Cat Stevens backs out of Israel peace concert

    (in part)
    However in a statement made through a London-based representative, Mr Islam denied the invitation had been rescinded and said he had already declined the appearance because of a scheduling conflict.

    “This is a storm in a jam jar, because in fact I had already put a cap on this matter. I’d given apologies to the Peres Centre some time ago, due to the date of the event coinciding with a scheduled trip to the United States.

    “That’s not to say that I didn’t appreciate the invitation from the Centre, and I am of course supportive of initiatives for peace,” he said in the emailed statement. …………..

    A “scheduled trip to the United States.”?

    I guess he got things cleared up with Homeland Security and he’s off the watch list now.

    Ah yes, he did get things cleared up with HS and came to the US in 2006

    It’s all just a bunch of NONSENSE, the US deporting him in the first place is nonsense. Then the Peres Institute claiming they rescinded the invitation Methinks Cat might have spent one of his nine lives with even considering the invitation whatsoever instead of just flat out saying NO! instead of (what he claims) giving a “scheduling conflict” as an excuse.

  8. Masher1 said,

    October 25, 2008 at 18:14

    Tricks are for Unemployed Kids.

  9. Brian said,

    October 27, 2008 at 00:27

    Shame, too, on Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Patti Smith, Morrissey, Bjork, Soundgarden and others who perform in Israel and pay no heed to the ongoing criminality of military occupation and apartheid.

%d bloggers like this: