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Pete Seeger, who died on Monday, supported BDS more than Israel.

Legendary folk singer and political activist Pete Seeger, who died on Monday in New York City at the age of 94, left behind a complicated if not questionable legacy when it came to Israel.

Famous for 1960s hits like “If I Had a Hammer,” “Turn, Turn, Turn,” and “Where Have All the Flowers Gone,” Seeger was also well known for speaking out for worker’s rights and participating in the civil rights movement.

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He drew headlines in 2011 for coming out in support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, expressing support for the BDS group Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD).

According to an ICAHD press release, Seeger had donated portions of the royalties from his 1960s hit “Turn, Turn, Turn” to the group.

On the other hand, Seeger participated in an online peace rally for the Arava Institute, an environmental academic program in Israel, in 2010. However, after discovering that Arava had ties to the Jewish National Fund, Seeger said, “I support the BDS movement as much as I can.”

 

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17 COMMENTS

  1. In a Jewish paper, we can tend to judge people in one dimension: was he for us or against us? Peter Seeger was a good man who did – and created – many good things. Nobody is perfect.

  2. Seeger was a lifelong member of the Communist Party, and he followed the Communist line about Israel as he did on all issues. The laudatory eulogies for Seeger in the press have omitted ention of his Communist allegiance. He was a good folk singser, but not a helpful political influence

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