Thursday, June 7, 2012

I never thought I would say thank you to Madonna but I am and you should also..

Dear Madonna ..

Thank you for opening your world tour in Israel. When entertainers globally are boycotting Israel it takes a lot of courage to begin your world tour there. Thank you also for inviting an Israeli artist to perform with you in Turkey. When Turkey has been very cold toward Israeli, it takes a lot of courage to invite an Israeli musician to be your warmup act. I may not like your music or your morals but I sure do like your support for the nation of Israel!

A week after launching her latest world tour in Tel Aviv, Madonna has enlisted the show’s Israeli warmup act to open her concert in Turkey.

The kabbala-loving “Girl Gone Wild” reached out to DJ Offer Nissim late on Wednesday night, asking the Tel Aviv-based performer to open her Thursday show in Istanbul. Despite the last-minute notice, the Israeli DJ accepted the offer, and is set to kick off the singer’s concert at the Turk Telecom Arena.

The high-profile invitation is the latest coup for Nissim, a veteran of Tel Aviv’s club scene who’s also managed to build a fan base overseas. The DJ has remixed songs by singers including Beyonce and Christina Aguilera, as well as by Madonna herself.

In her concert in Israel, Madonna told fans about her desire for peace in the Middle East, saying it’s not possible to enjoy her music without also wanting an end to violence. Keen observers may have noticed that Turkey and Israel haven’t enjoyed particularly warm relations in recent years, so it’s nice the singer’s doing her part to promote a bit of cultural exchange.

This week in Istanbul, Turkey’s Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan opened a World Economic Forum summit with a speech in which he accused the Jewish state of “killing innocent people, children, babies, women and the elderly in masses” by bombardments and by keeping people “in the largest open-air prison in the world,” referring to the Israeli blockade of Gaza.


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