Lydon Slams Critics Over Israel Show

Punk legend JOHN LYDON has furiously defended his decision to play a gig in Israel - insisting he will not be bullied into axing the show.
The rocker - known in his Sex Pistols heyday as Johnny Rotten - is taking his reformed band, Public Image Ltd. (PiL), to Tel Aviv to headline the Heineken Music Conference 2010 Festival in August (10).
The planned show has been met with criticism and hate mail from some fans who insist he should follow Elvis Costello's lead and boycott the country in protest over its policy towards Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
Campaigners in Lydon's native Britain are even planning demonstrations outside a PiL concert in Leeds, England on Friday (23Jul10), but the punk star is adamant he won't cancel the Israel show - and he is livid at the controversy his decision has caused.
He tells British newspaper The Independent, "I really resent the presumption that I'm going there to play to right-wing Nazi jews. If Elvis-f**king-Costello wants to pull out of a gig in Israel because he's suddenly got this compassion for Palestinians, then good on him.
"But I have absolutely one rule, right? Until I see an Arab country, a Muslim country, with a democracy, I won't understand how anyone can have a problem with how they're treated."


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I'll be interested in Johnny's impression of Israel's democracy when he returns. Bethlehem is 5 miles south. Let him queue like a refugee in his own country and see how he likes it.
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We need to Heal the World............
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There are plenty of Muslim countries with democracies. I come from one (Bangladesh). There are others (Turkey, Indonesia). And of course the Arab Spring will result in more. Those who keep their eyes shut never see anything. Way to prove your willful blindness, Johnny Rotten.
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I used to think it was not possible to detest Johnny Rotten any more than I already did. I was wrong.
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so if johnny takes a look at turkey and/or indonesia does this mean he will have a problem with the way these human beings are treated ... ignorance is no excuse
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The Common denominator for Christianity is we are forgiven for being born, by faith through God’s grace. The Christian Authority the Pope and others have as Christians is to say you are forgiven for being born (you are forgiven your sins), instead of praying people to be forgiven for their actions and motions; especially when the main actions and motions they are talking about is the actions and motions before we were born. The Christian Doctrine gives the Pope and other Christians the right to preach for people to forgive their enemies not to say they are forgiven for doing bad things to you when you were little. When you pray people to be forgiven for being you help the innocent people live comfortable for being innocent and you help the people that are wrong first admit to themselves they are wrong first, so they do not repeat their wrongs. Judaism: Honor thy father and mother for being born with or without your father and mother being closely related and with or without your father and mother being straight. Christianity: The Christian Authority is to say you are forgiven for being born (you are forgiven your sins); instead of praying people to be forgiven for their actions and motions; especially when the main sins they are talking about is the actions and motions before we were born. Islam: The Islam Religion embracing grace and mercy for all that Honor thy father and mother for being born and for praying people to be forgiven for being born. When it comes to our troops, I hope our United States troops and our United States allied troops are strong legal and logical, including the Israeli troops. Our United States troops and our United States allied troops are forgiven for being born and are forgiven for being and I hope that makes them strong legal and logical.
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Right on, Johnny! Tell it like it is. Israel loves you!!!!!!!
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good for lydon, being able to see through the hipocracy and hate towards israel, unlike many others such as pixies (which i still listen to and love dearly) and roger waters (who's music i've been listening to since 15 yo).may the hate and facist views of the boycoting movements stop and also maybe one day we will all live to see one democratic muslim country
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