Elvis Costello, Noam Chomsky, and Israel: Who's in? Who's out?(Read article summary)
One day after far-left Jewish American academic Noam Chomsky was prevented from entering the West Bank to give a lecture at Bir Zeit University, rock singer Elvis Costello canceled two summer concerts in Israel.
What's so funny 'bout peace, love, and understanding?
On Tuesday Costello canceled two concerts in Israel this summer, due to what he calls the "grave and complex" sensitivities of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
"There are occasions when merely having your name added to a concert schedule may be interpreted as a political act that resonates more than anything that might be sung," said Costello, whose decision follows similar cancellations by spoken-word jazz performer Gil Scott-Heron and guitar legend Carlos Santana.
Meanwhile, the Jewish state is closing its doors to other big names that want to strut their stuff.