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de-burgh.jpg“I don’t believe virtually anything we read [on Iran] because we are on the receiving end of a lot of propaganda.”

– Irish singer Chris de Burgh, who has confirmed he will have an open-air concert in Tehran this summer.

Of course, when it comes to real propaganda, de Burgh seems to accept it without question:

“I find it amazing when I get letters from people in Israel and people in Lebanon and they both love the music, but in real life, they hate each other.”

And he’s also been known to disseminate it himself.

I’m guessing people have confused de Bergh with Phil Collins.

Update: Speaking of Phil Collins and the rumors of his supposed anti-Semitism (which I dealt with here), I have now found Collin’s own response to these accusations.

Phil Collins is battling a charge of anti-Semitism that could date back about 20 years. On his official philcollins.co.uk Website, Collins has posted a fan letter asking him to clarify his position, which reads: “It is said that you are an anti-Semite and you wholeheartedly support the P.L.O….How could an artist with such God-given talents…support this organization and dislike Jewish people…many Jews will not buy your music or listen to your music. My children ask me to change the radio station when your music comes on…I am writing to you to clear this up…I would hate to have to stop listening to your music…I hope this information is incorrect, and I hope I can correct people and tell them this is false.”

Yesterday (Wednesday, December 17th), Collins posted his reply: “To say that I’m confused, angry, and baffled is an understatement! I have no idea how these rumors start but there is absolutely no truth in what you’ve heard at all. I have never been asked what I feel about the problems that exist, so (I) have never voiced an opinion…I have no blanket belief that could be interpreted in a way that you express in your letter…I have always prided myself on a complete lack of racial and religious prejudice, so your letter gets to me more than some other criticisms might.”

Collins added that he’s been through this before: “A rumor similar to this, and possibly the origin of this one, I heard in New York in the ’80s. Someone said that they’d read in a Jewish magazine that I was an anti-Semite…The same person then went on to tell a similar story to yours — wouldn’t mention my name, play the music, etc. I was then married to a lady whose father was Jewish, so the story was even more farcical.”

The response ended with Collins asking the fan to make sure everyone knows there’s no truth to the story. He also wrote, “As for your children, tell ’em ‘Uncle’ Phil’s not so bad as they thought.”

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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