Alanis Morissette extends Canada’s unabashed support for Israel with Tel Aviv concert

Andy Radia
Politics Reporter
Canada Politics

Here's a short quiz for you all: What do Stephen Harper, John Baird and Alanis Morissette all have in common?

Apparently, despite being Canucks, they're all unabashed supporters of Israel.

In the midst of increased tension in the Middle East — which has essentially pitted Canada, Israel and the U.S. against most of the rest of the world — Morissette has put herself smack dab in the middle of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.

According to, prior to her concert in Tel Aviv on Monday night, Palestinian supporters had organized a social media campaign urging Morissette to boycott Israel.

"We would find it especially disturbing should you choose to play in Israel given its recent onslaught on Gaza,"  a group calling itself the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, wrote in an open message to the seven-time Grammy award winner.

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"Palestinian civil society groups are calling on artists to shun Tel Aviv in the same way that South African activists called on artists to boycott Sun City.

"Any message of peace you hope to bring will be drowned by Israel's well-oiled publicity that will use you to rebrand itself as a normal state that promotes music and culture."

But unlike Stevie Wonder or Cat Power — who recently succumbed to the pressure and cancelled their Israeli concerts — Morissette went through with hers. Not only did she go through with it,  she let the Israelis know that Canada is on their side.

"It's been a great 2012," Morissette told the audience according to the Jerusalem Post.

"We love you, we're with you, America, Canada, all of us."

As you might imagine, that has raised the ire of many Palestinian supporters:

Conversely, there were several messages on Morissette's Facebook page thanking her for coming to Israel.

"Thank you for performing in Israel, your music is wonderful, and also thanks for not giving in to threats and hatred from people who are anti-semites and shout hatred of others," one fan wrote.

[ Related: Israeli PM calls Stephen Harper to thank him for UN vote on Palestinians ] notes that Morissette joins a group of high-profile artists that have resisted calls to cancel performances is the Jewish state in recent months. That list includes the likes of Lady Gaga, Elton John, Rihanna, Paul McCartney and Leonard Cohen.