Morrissey already has key to Tel Aviv. Can we give him the key to Jerusalem and pretty much every Israeli city?
In an interview with German newspaper Der Spiegel to promote the release of his new album, Low In High School, the former Smiths frontman also slammed the anti-Israel BDS movement as “absurd”.
Asked about a song on his album titled The Girl from TelAviv Who Wouldn’t Kneel, Morrissey replied:” I love this city [Tel Aviv].
“The rest of the world does not like Israel well. But the people there are very generous and friendly. You should never judge a people by their government. It is very rare for the government to reflect the wishes of the people. “
Morrissey went on to attack the boycott movement. “I’m against it… It is absurd and narrow-minded. Being politically correct is incorrect. It is absurd. It means forbidding the freedom of speech. This is how the BDS movement sounds to me.”
He later added:” Yes, I mean, you have to open the debate. Just as one should not boycott Israel. You have to sit down and listen to people. You cannot say I’m not listening, you do not agree, so you’re wrong. “
On The Girl From Tel Aviv Who Wouldn’t Kneel, he pays homage to the theatrical production of the same name based on the diaries of Etty Hillesum, who was murdered in Auschwitz in 1943.
A second song, Israel, the final track on the album, features lyrics accusing those who “rain abuse” on Israel of doing so because they are “jealous” of the country.