Posted by Niall O'Dowd at 7/26/2009 9:05 AM EDT
I see a pro-Palestinian outfit intends picketing Leonard Cohen at his concert in Belfast on Sunday evening in an effort to prevent him from playing Tel Aviv later this year.
Put this down as one of the more-stupid ideas you will ever come across.
It is like asking U2 not to play Dublin.
Leonard Cohen is Jewish, decidedly so. If memory serves me right, he even fought on the Israeli side in the 1967 war, breaking into his career to do so.
Why on earth would he give up on playing a concert in his adopted and beloved homeland?
He is a wonderful performer and is entitled to support Israel given his background.
The Palestinians have a just cause, but picketing Leonard Cohen makes that cause look very silly.
I'd love to meet the genius who came up with this strategy.