In his last concert at Madison Square Garden on August 21, Billy Joel wore a yellow star of David badge on his jacket. He has done so due to his daughter and ex-wife, who convinced him to take a stand after the Charlottesville events. It seems as though racism and antisemitism have raised their heads in the United States again.
Joel is a famous and successful musician in America and around the world. Joel is of Jewish origin. His father’s family escaped Germany at 1939, while his mother’s family left England. Joel testifies he avoids mixing politics with his career, but he claims his daughter led him to act.
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