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Paul McCartney defies Muslim threats, will perform in Israel

Summarized by Religion News Blog, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Sep. 16, 2008 News Summary • Tuesday September 16, 2008

McCartney defies Muslim threats, show to go on

The extremist Muslim speaker Omar Bakri Muhammad has declared Paul McCartney “the enemy of every Muslim” due to his decision to perform in Israel in honor of the country’s 60th anniversary.

In an interview with the British tabloid ‘Sunday Express’ Bakri said, “If he values his life Mr. McCartney must not come to Israel. He will not be safe there. The sacrifice operatives will be waiting for him.”

The self-proclaimed preacher added that “instead of supporting the people of Palestine in their suffering, McCartney is celebrating the atrocities of the occupiers. The one who is under occupation is supposed to be getting the help.

“And so I believe for Paul McCartney, what he is doing really is creating more enemies than friends.”

The Syrian born orator, defined by CNN News as a friend of al-Qaeda, was excommunicated from the UK and now operates out of Lebanon, where he broadcasts hate-filled sermons over the internet.

The Sunday Express wrote that sources associated with the former Beatle claim he was shocked by the threats against him, “but refused to be intimidated.” The paper also quoted from his interview with the Israeli media.

“I was approached by different groups and political bodies who asked me not to come here. I refused. I do what I think and I have many friends who support Israel,” McCartney told Israeli reporters.

- Source: McCartney defies Muslim threats, show to go on, Ynet (Israel), Sep. 15, 2008 — Summarized by Religion News Blog
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