In his last concert at Madison Square Garden on August 21, Billy Joel took the courage and wore a yellow star of David badge on his jacket. He has done so due to his daughter and ex-wife pressure, convincing him to take a public stance after the Charlottesville events and the unsatisfying response by the US president. It seems as though racism and Antisemitism has raised their head in the United States, and someone has to remind them where those opinions may lead.
Joel is a famous and successful musician in America and around the world. He is of Jewish origin, and his father’s family escaped Germany at 1939, his mother’s family left England. Joel testifies he is not used to mix politics with his career, but this time his daughter, which is also a famous singer, called him into action. Afterwards she posted his picture from the concert on her twitter page, being very proud of him and calls Americans to learn from him.
His ex-wife also tweeted poetically in the caption of his picture: “And on the day of the Solar Eclipse a yellow star appeared on the jacket of another kind of star with a clinched fist that seemed to be gripping painful, no excruciating, memories of loved ones who wore that star to their death, May that star also remind you today of the gold stars pinned to the jackets of soldiers for their bravery and valor for fighting an evil so hideous even the gold stars in the sky were afraid to shine. Thank you, Billy for reminding people what was …so it may never ever be again.”
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By: Roni Zedek