Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Paul McCartney Becomes Terrorist Target

- A leading Islamic extremist has labeled Paul McCartney the "enemy of every Muslim" for his planned participation in a concert celebrating Israel's 60th anniversary and is warning of a terrorist attack if the ex-Beatle doesn't cancel.

Syrian wacko Omar Bakri Mohammed said during an online radio broadcast out of Lebanon that "sacrifice operatives" will be waiting for McCartney when he arrives in Israel. "He will not be safe there," he is quoted as saying by the Sunday Express.

"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," the Muslim cleric said.

Bakri went on to warn the rock legend directly.

"Thus Paul McCartney is the enemy of every Muslim. We have what we call 'sacrifice' operatives who will not stand by while he joins in a celebration of their oppression. 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."

"Our enemy's friend is our enemy," the Muslim leader told the Sunday Express.

A defiant McCartney has refused to cancel the Sept. 25 concert, despite protests from numerous political groups angry with Israel's policies in the West Bank.

He told newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth: "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 said in an interview with newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth.

McCartney will perform hits from his Beatles days and his solo career during a September 25 concert in Tel Aviv as part of a series of shows that has taken McCartney to cities he never visited before.

Asked about how members of the Beatles, one of the most popular bands in rock history, felt when the Israeli government scrapped their concert in 1965 on the grounds it could corrupt the nation's youth, McCartney said it was "a bit insulting, the thought we could corrupt the youth."

"The Beatles had a pretty positive influence on the world and only regimes that wanted to control their peoples were afraid of us. We mostly laughed at the Israeli government decision," McCartney said in comments translated into Hebrew.

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