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Army Radio Cancels Live Broadcast of Joan Baez Concert With AM-Israel Bjt

May 16, 1988 GMT

JERUSALEM (AP) _ Army radio canceled a scheduled live broadcast of a concert by American folk singer Joan Baez because she included an Israeli protest song it has banned, a station official said Monday.

The song ″Shooting and Crying″ was written by Israeli singer Si Hi-man after the Palestinian rebellion in the occupied territories began Dec. 8. It criticizes the army’s use of beatings and live ammunition to quell the violence.

Shahar Ben Barak, head of the archives at army radio, said: ″The station is an army radio station. We can’t allow her to sing a song with a clear political line. The station has to be objective.″


Because the song was included in the concert, the station taped the performance Sunday night and broadcast it later with the controversial selection edited out.

In an interview Monday with Israel television, Ms. Baez accused the station of censorship. She said she decided before coming to Israel to include the song.

″I had heard about the song in California and it appealed to me: the idea that it was a rock singer, a young woman, that a song could be that important that the army radio was going to censor that song,″ she said. ″So naturally, that’s the song that I chose.″

Ms. Hi-man said she wrote ″Shooting and Crying″ after hearing of an incident Feb. 5 incident in which soldiers buried four Palestinians alive, dumping 25 inches of earth on them after beating them.

The incident occured after soldiers dispersed protesters in Kfar Salem, a village in the occupied West Bank. Fellow villagers rescued the four men.

One verse of the song says: ″They shoot and cry, burn and laugh. When did they learn to bury people alive? They shoot and cry, burn and laugh. When did they forget that our children have also been killed?″

Ms. Baez, who gave two concerts in Israel, said she came to the country to learn about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

She met on Monday with Anatoly Sharansky, who spent 10 years in a Soviet prison before being allowed to immigrate to Israel. She also participated in a demonstration on behalf of Israeli reserve soldiers jailed for refusing to serve in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Israeli authorities refused her request to visit Mubarak Awad, a Palestinian-American who advocates using civil disobedience against the Israeli occupation. He is in jail awaiting deportation to the United States.

Last Thursday, Ms. Baez visited the Jalazone refugee camp in the West Bank where she sang to Palestinian children in Arabic.