*Alicia Keys is NOT changing her plans to play in Tel Aviv on July 4, despite protests from author Alice Walker and other notables such as musician Roger Waters that she not do it because of Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians.
In a letter posted at the website of a group called the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel, Waters (from the rock band Pink Floyd) asked Keys “to join the rising tide of resistance.”
Waters’ letter said: “Please, Alicia, do not lend your name to give legitimacy to the Israeli government policies of illegal, apartheid, occupation of the homelands of the indigenous people of Palestine.”
Also, as we reported, Walker, author of “The Color Purple,” wrote in her own open letter that, though she and Ms. Keys had never met, “I believe we are mutually respectful of each other’s path and work.” Ms. Walker continued: “It would grieve me to know you are putting yourself in danger (soul danger) by performing in an apartheid country that is being boycotted by many global conscious artists.”
Bottom Line: In a statement to the New York Times, Alicia Keys says she’s still going:
“I look forward to my first visit to Israel. Music is a universal language that is meant to unify audiences in peace and love, and that is the spirit of our show.”