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Former Beatle Paul McCartney is universally loved as a musical icon but when he was scheduled to perform in Israel in 2008 he didn't get the warmest welcome from everyone. According to Andrew Shay of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs, McCartney received death threats. The ex-Beatle said, "I got death threats, but I'm coming anyway. I got explicit death threats, but I have no intention of surrendering. I refuse to cancel my performances in Israel."
According to Shay, many artists decide against performing in Israel because of "reasons of conscience" but in actuality it is because of the death threats they receive. Alicia Keys was warned not to perform in the country but she didn't succumb to the fear.
According to Shay, Jon Bon Jovi, the Pixies, the Yardbirds, and Joe Lynn Turner are among the artists who have canceled scheduled performances. While Rihanna, Madonna, Moby, Deep Purple, and the Pet Shop Boys have all performed despite the death threats.
Shay explained, "Most artists just don't want to deal with it. It's much easier for them to release a statement that they won't be appearing in Israel 'for reasons of conscience' rather than to say their lives are being threatened and they're frightened."
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