Macca visits Bethlehem ahead of controversial Tel Aviv gig

September 25th, 2008 - 1:57 pm ICT by ANI  

Paul McCartney

London, Sept 25 (ANI): Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney has paid a visit to the West Bank town of Bethlehem, a day before his concert in Tel Aviv, Israel.

On September 24, the veteran singer visited the Church of Nativity in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, which is believed to be the birthplace of Christ.

The 66-year-old star was welcomed with gusto.

A group of Spanish women sang “Yellow Submarine” in their own language outside the tiny stone doorway to the church and queued for photographs and autographs.

“I am feeling humble,” Telegraph quoted him, as saying.

McCartney also lighted a candle, insisting that he was carrying a message of peace for the country.

“This candle is for peace for all people all around the world, especially in Israel and Palestine,” he said.

He also visited the Grotto, the subterranean chamber where Mary is believed to have delivered Jesus.

McCartney was accompanied by his American girlfriend Nancy Shevell.

When asked his reaction to the Palestinian leaders panning him for agreeing to perform in Israel, breaking their call for a cultural boycott of Israel, he said he respected their view but disagreed.

“I have come here to Bethlehem deliberately to see Palestine with my own eyes,” he said.

“Anyone who knows me knows I support peace for all people.

“This visit is meant to counter those that criticise me for going to Israel,” he added. (ANI)

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