It is a rare thing indeed when someone in the entertainment or music business whose work I love is of politically sound mind. Beloved icons of my youth such as Elvis Costello and Bruce Springsteen were, in fact blithering idiots, making it difficult to listen to their music.
Morrissey, on the other hand, is a source of constant joy, his music and his political philosophy. His new song, Israel, off his new album, Low in High School, is spectacular. Who writes brilliant songs in defense of Israel today apart from Dylan? I am totally in love with this charming man.
Morrissey’s love of Israel stretches back over a decade – he once appeared on stage in Tel Aviv draped in an Israeli flag.
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The singer’s love for Israel has been well documented over the years. Morrissey has performed in Tel Aviv several times, and received a key to the city at a concert in 2012 during which he draped himself in an Israeli flag. He has since pointed out that no other city — including his hometown of Manchester, England — has honored him in that way.
Nevertheless, it’s rare to encounter an explicit defense of the Jewish state — or, for that matter, any take on Israel at all — from a mainstream pop artist. (For context, his previous album, 2014’s “World Peace Is None of Your Business,” entered the UK album chart at No. 2.)
In 1983, Bob Dylan released the song “Neighborhood Bully” on his album “Infidels” in which the folk legend points out that Israel is “outnumbered about a million to one” in the Middle East” and gets called a bully for defending itself against attackers.
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