Annie Lennox: I””m not anti-Israeli

January 9th, 2009 - 6:17 pm ICT by ANI  


Jerusalem, Jan 9 (ANI): Scottish singer-songwriter Annie Lennox has posted a message on her Facebook site, claiming that she is not an anti-Israeli.

The Eurythmics star participated in an anti-Israeli rally in London on January 3 slamming Israel”’’s actions in the Gaza Strip.

Responding to those calling her stand as betrayal, Lennox posted a comment entitled “Annie”’’s Second Official Statement regarding the Situation in Gaza.

“I am not anti-Israeli nor have I ever been, and for anyone to say that I am is profoundly offensive and completely wrong, The Jerusalem Post quoted her as saying in the post.

She wrote: “The reason why I spoke out when I did was because at that point in time there was a tiny window of opportunity to prevent a blood bath on both sides before the ground troops went in. I have never condoned suicide bombings, or the firing of missiles into Israel. I repeat… The slaughter of innocent lives on both sides is abhorrent.”

Her comment came in the wake of a number of angry postings on her Facebook site, one of which said that she picked a fine way to make a “fading career relevant.”

Lennox”’’s first greatest hits compilation, The Annie Lennox Collection, is scheduled to be released in March.

Another posting on Lennox”’’s facebook site read: “Where were you all this time as Israel has been bombarded by missiles over and over again. A continuous rain of attacks, we have lived in a constant state of alert, living in fear.

We waited and waited and did nothing and now when we finally - finally - take a stand to defend ourselves are we treated like a terrorist nation. Unfortunately you were clearly oblivious to these events all this time. You have proven your ignorance and are standing on your soapbox without your facts.” (ANI)

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