Published Sep 15, 2008Islamic extremists have threatened to bomb Sir Paul McCartney if the former Beatle does not call off his upcoming concert in Israel, several news agencies have reported.
McCartney is set to play in the country on September 25 as part of the Jewish states 60th anniversary celebrations in Tel Aviv. But according to Syrian-born cleric and Islamic preacher Omar Bakri, McCartneys decision to perform at the anniversary celebrations makes him the enemy of Muslims worldwide.
"If he values his life, Mr. McCartney must not come to Israel," Bakri was quoted as saying on Haaretz.com. "He will not be safe there. The sacrifice operatives will be waiting for him.
Bakri added: "Instead of supporting the people of Palestine in their suffering, McCartney is celebrating the atrocities of the occupiers. The one who is under occupation is supposed to be getting the help."
McCartney told an Israeli media outlet Yedioth Ahronoth Sunday (September 15) that he has not been fazed by the threats and has no plans to cancel the show. "I was approached by different groups and political bodies who asked me not to come here. I refused, he said. "I do what I think and I have many friends who support Israel.
McCartneys Israel concert will be his first in the country. The Beatles were originally to play the Jewish state in 1965 but the government banned the Fab Four from playing because of fears they were corrupt the minds of young Israelis. The country recently apologized to the two surviving Beatles, McCartney and Ringo Starr, for the incident.
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