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Elton Takes Swipe At Santana, Costello

Elton John criticized artists that canceled concerts in Israel during his Thursday performance in Tel Aviv, telling his audience, 'Musicians spread love and peace, and bring people together. That's what we do. We don't cherry-pick our conscience.'  While not mentioning anyone specific, the message defending his decision to perform despite pressure from Palestinian rights organizers was obviously intended to slam Carlos Santana, Elvis Costello and other acts that decided to cancel concerts in the country in the aftermath of the confrontation at sea when Israeli forces intercepted a flotilla attempting to deliver supplies to Palestinians in defiance of an Israeli blockade.  The decision to go ahead with this concert made it the second controversial performance Elton had done in as many weeks.  John was the featured performer at the Palm Beach wedding of conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh on June 5. (story)
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