This story illustrates the intransigence of the mullahcracy and the depths of its Jew-hatred. Sami Yusuf didn’t perform for Israeli Jews, but for Muslims — but he did it in the “occupied territories,” and that was enough for the Iranians.
This is the regime that the Obama Administration is enabling to get nuclear weapons.
“‘Islam’s biggest rock star’ banned in Iran after performing in Israel,” i24 News, July 29, 2015:
“Islam’s biggest rock star” has been banned on Iran’s state-run television because he recently performed in an Israeli city, The Guardian reported on Tuesday.
Sami Yusuf, 35, who left Tehran for Britain with his family when he was three, performed for Israeli Arabs and Palestinians in Nazareth during the Ramadan.
Entekhtab, an Iranian news website, reported, “Sami Yusuf’s recent trip to the occupied territories (Christian and Jewish holy sites including the site of the baptism of Jesus Christ) is the reason why his works are banned from the state television.”
The singer issued a statement Monday on Instagram, Facebook and his website, writing: “I was very surprised to hear that the official state TV and Radio for the Islamic Republic of Iran has banned my music and likeness due to my recent performance in Nazareth.
“I was not aware that bringing smiles to the faces of my beloved Palestinian brothers and sisters could cause such offense to the government of Iran. I am sorry that my precious listeners in Iran will be denied my music for sometime, but I will not apologize for performing in Palestine.
“Music is permeable and was never meant to be confined to borders nor used for political ends, rather, it was meant to echo freely throughout space and time. May we one day see a Free Palestine.”
Yusuf, 35, who Time magazine has called Islam’s biggest rock star, is one of Britain’s most famous Muslims worldwide.
Traveling to Israel is a crime in Iran punishable by up to five years in prison.