Then he takes Tel Aviv?

British profs urge Leonard Cohen to stay out of Israel

Leonard Cohen’s plan to play Tel Aviv next fall as part of his extended, wildly successful concert tour is meeting with objections from British professors sympathetic to the plight of Palestinians. A group called the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine has published an open letter urging the Canadian poet-singer to boycott Israel in response to the recent fighting in Gaza. The British profs seemed pained by the notion of Cohen performing in Israel; they call his songs “the soundtrack of our lives.” There’s history in this dispute: Jewish by birth (although he’s a prominent practicing Buddhist), Cohen performed in Israel during the 1973 Yom Kipur War.

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