Paul: Not a dead man
This story takes me back to misspent nights of my youth, gathered with friends to spin The White Album backwards on a turntable (ask your parents what that thing was, kids) and hearing John Lennon saying, or seeming to say, "Paul is a dead man. Miss him, miss him, miss him." But Paul McCartney is still not dead, and he is showing some moral courage here in the face of jihadist threats.
"We’ll Kill Sir Paul If He Plays Israel," by Dennis Rice in the Sunday Express, September 14 (thanks to Kyros):
SIR Paul McCartney has been threatened that he will be the target of suicide bombers unless he abandons plans to play his first concert in Israel.
When you were young, and your heart was an open book, you used to say live and let live. But in this ever changing world in which we live in, makes you give in and cry -- live and let die...
Self-styled preacher of hate Omar Bakri claimed the former Beatle’s decision to take part in the Jewish state’s 60th anniversary celebrations had made him an enemy of all Muslims.
Such a mean old man.
Sources said Sir Paul was shocked but refused to be intimidated.
He never listens to them. He knows that they're the fools.
In an interview with Israeli media yesterday he said: “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.”
I get by with a little help from my friends,
I get high with a little help from my friends,
I'm gonna try with a little help from my friends.
Sir Paul, 65, should have gone to Israel with the Beatles in 1965 but they were barred by the Jewish nation’s government over fears they would corrupt young people.
Always shouts out something obscene. Such a dirty old man...
Yesterday a number of websites described him as an infidel and suggested he was going to Israel only because of the reported £2.3m fee for the one-off concert.
Give me money. That's what I want.
A message posted on one website said: “Shame on you Paul McCartney for day trippin’ to apartheid Israel” and vowed never to buy his music again.
I'm gonna let you down,
And leave you flat,
Because I told you before, oh,
You can't do that.
Bakri, who made his weekly internet broadcast to fellow extremists from his home in Lebanon, where he has lived in exile since being banned from returning to Britain, said Sir Paul was “making more enemies than friends”.
Bakri: You'll get yours yet, however big you think you are.
Syrian-born Bakri, 48, went on: “I heard today that the pop star Paul McCartney is playing as a part of the celebrations....
I heard the news today, oh boy, about a lucky man who made the grade.