Wednesday, August 02, 2006


Despite having maintained that the gig would go ahead, the continued attacks by Hezbollah on Israeli civilian targets and Israel's punishment-beating of a foreign policy have lead Depeche Mode to pull their planned Tel Aviv date.

40,000 tickets had been sold for the gig, and, perhaps unsurprisingly, the Israeli fan's response has been disprorportinate:

(Sharon T. from Bat Yam) "The band has made a very easy choice, they can sit nicely in a plane, do a concert here and then fly back. We get tons of dynamite flown over to us from Hezbollah and still we continue our lives. Who is taking the biggest risk here?", (Eben Y. from Petah Tiqwa) "All I can say is that this is disgusting. An insult to us. They earn tons of money on our backs and still can't find the effort to support us, they better play in Iran then...".

It's interesting that these (possibly atypical) responses collected by Side-Line suggest that if the band played Tel Aviv, they'd be "supporting" something (the killing of civilians in Lebanon?) and that because they've sold their records in Israel they're contractually obliged to go and stand with them as their leaders provoke the further raining down of missiles.