Schenker: Let Leonard Cohen sing in Israel

Schenker: Let Leonard Cohen sing in Israel

This is another missive from our chaver in Tel Aviv, Hillel Schenker, co-editor of The Palestine-Israel Journal:

While everyone else was writing about the Pope’s visit to the Middle East, I wrote the following piece in response to the Open Letters to Leonard Cohen that have been circulating in the UK and Israel. While preparing this piece for the Guardian, I discovered an extraordinary version of Last Night I had the Strangest Dream, sung together by Pete Seeger, Theodore Bikel and Rashid Hussein back in the early 60s. I also discovered that the text of the historic New Outlook Israeli-Palestinian dialogue from 1978, “When Enemies Dare to Talk,” is on the Internet in its entirety, part of the Google books scanning project.

And finally, I highly recommend the film “18 Kilometers” that I mention at the end of the piece, which will begin a commercial run at the Tel Aviv Cinemateque at the end of May.

Singing for peace in Israel
A campaign to stop a Leonard Cohen concert fails to understand the impact of such artists as Joan Baez and Roger Waters.
Read Hillel Schenker’s entire blog post at the
UK Guardian “Comment Is Free” site.
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