Israel Says She Loves You to Beatles Paul McCartney
Life is certainly a magical mystery tour. And for those of us who live in Israel, the long and winding road just became a bit more scenic. With the surprise announcement by Beatles singer and composer Sir Paul McCartney that he will be performing in Tel the beatles Aviv next month, the Jewish nation has taken a smiling leap back 40 years in time.
From car radios, open market CD players and inside elegant, modern stores, the warm, loving, magical and mythical blends of Beatles music permeate every city and town in Israel. From Metulla, Haifa and Katzrin in the North, to Hadera, Ra’anana, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem to Ashkelon, Ashdod, Rehovot, Dimona and Eilat in the south one can hear the sweet voices Paul, John, Ringo and George.
A host of Web 2.0 Facebook and MySpace groups with a number of YouTube videos have been created to celebrate and promote Sir Paul McCartney’s historic visit to the Holy Land.
In January, Israel ambassador to Britain, Ron Prosor, handed a letter of apology to Julia Baird, sister of the late John Lennon, apologizing for a ban that Israel had placed on the Beatles back in 1965.
The story begins back 43 years ago when the Beatles were invited to perform in Israel with a concert which never took place. At the time Israel officials cited financial problems, but it was more than money that kept the Beatles away. Official permission required to withdraw precious foreign currency to pay the Beatles was denied because a ministerial committee feared the corrupting influence of four long-haired Englishmen.
The Israel committee report put it: “The Beatles have an insufficient artistic level and cannot add to the spiritual and cultural life of the youth in Israel.”
Sounds like this Israel committee was smoking stronger stuff than anything the Beatles may have experienced with Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. The Israel politicians believed that The Beatles would corrupt innocent Israeli youth. But was it really naive Israel politicians?
Criticism over the cancellation was directed at former Israel Education Ministry Director-General Yaakov Schneider, whose ministry was required to approve the performance of foreign bands in Israel.