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What Does a Jew Want?On Binationalism and Other Specters$
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Udi Aloni

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780231157599

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231157599.001.0001

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And Who Shall I Say Is Calling?

And Who Shall I Say Is Calling?

A Plea to Leonard Cohen

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(p.125) And Who Shall I Say Is Calling?
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What Does a Jew Want?
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Aloni Udi

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231157599.003.0019

In this chapter, the author reprints his letter to singer-poet Leonard Cohen regarding his concert scheduled for September 25, 2009. After the Israeli elections that gave rise to an extreme right-wing government and following the Gaza war and the international criticism against it, more and more voices were heard pleading for a cultural boycott against Israel. Cohen's concert became a test case to all sides in this debate. Cohen, known for his human rights activities and support for the peace process, proceeded with his concert in Tel Aviv, but suggested giving one in Ramallah as well. The Palestinian resistance committee decided to turn down the performance in Ramallah. The author expresses his support for Palestinians who have chosen the path of nonviolent resistance in their struggle against occupation and racism. In solidarity with the Palestinians, he says he will not attend Cohen's concert in Ramallah.

Keywords:   concert, Leonard Cohen, Israel, cultural boycott, Tel Aviv, Ramallah, Palestinians, nonviolent resistance

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