Gay Israeli Singer Ivri Lider Discusses Military Strongarm
Israeli singer Ivri Lider, who says he was "chosen the last three years as the favorite artist among soldiers," talks about the government's recent actions barring him from performing for failing to complete his military service (he was discharged), and the statement he refused to sign:
"They just called in the middle of the week and were like, 'We want you to sign this paper.'I said, 'Listen, I want to cooperate. I want you to be comfortable with this, but I can't sign something like this.' I think asking an artist to sign a letter that starts with the word love -- 'I love the army' -- is a little confusing. The word love is maybe not the right word to use. And at the end of the letter they had this part saying that I will be obligated to donate shows every year. It was a little insulting—it's something I've been doing for the last 10 years with no one asking me, just because I wanted to. And suddenly this commander will take all the credit? That was just not acceptable to me."
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