Skip To Content
Get Our Newsletter

Support the Forward

Funded by readers like you DonateSubscribe
Israel News

Paul McCartney Says No to Extremists

Paul McCartney will not be silenced. The former Beatle has received death threats from an Islamic militant leader over an upcoming concert in Israel, but McCartney refuses to cancel the historic show, Haaretz reported. Omar Bakri, a Lebanese-Islamic activist, told the London newspaper the Sunday Express that McCartney’s decision to perform in Tel Aviv makes him an enemy of Muslims. “If he values his life, Mr. McCartney must not come to Israel,” Bakri said. “He will not be safe there. The sacrifice operatives will be waiting for him.”

Other pro-Palestinian groups also have asked McCartney to cancel the September 25 gig.

The concert marks the first time that McCartney will perform in Israel. In 1965, The Beatles were barred from playing in the country, for fear that they would corrupt Israeli youth.




Republish This Story

Please read before republishing

We’re happy to make this story available to republish for free under an Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives Creative Commons license as long as you follow our republishing guidelines, which require that you credit Foward and retain our pixel. See our full guidelines for more information.

To republish, copy the HTML, which includes our tracking pixel, all paragraph styles and hyperlinks, the author byline, and credit to Foward. Have questions? Please email us at

We don't support Internet Explorer

Please use Chrome, Safari, Firefox, or Edge to view this site.