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Police checked on Charlotte Church’s safety after she took part in pro-Palestine event

12 Mar 2024 4 minute read
Charlotte Church (right) takes part in a pro-Palestine march in central London during a national demonstration for ceasefire in Gaza. Photo ordan Pettitt/PA Wire

Charlotte Church has said the police have had to check on her because her safety and that of her family has been threatened by “some pretty scary people” since she took part in a pro-Palestine event.

The singer subsequently faced accusations of antisemitism.

The 38-year-old said she “is not, has never been, and will never be an antisemite”, adding: “I hold the Jewish people in my life very dearly, and have always kept great reverence for Judaism and Jewish culture, since travelling around Israel and Palestine as a teenager.

Protesters

On Saturday the Welsh star marched alongside thousands of protesters in central London calling for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.

The Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) organised the protest, following Hamas’s attack on southern Israel on October 7 in which about 1,200 people were killed and more than 240 kidnapped before Israel retaliated with months of attacks on the Gaza Strip, killing and wounding thousands.

In late February, at a Sing For Palestine fundraising event in Bedwas Workmen’s Hall, Church led a rendition of From The River To The Sea, which the Campaign Against Antisemitism called a “genocidal chant”.

In a statement on her website, she said: “I have been called many things in my time, but not until this week have I received so much imaginative and violent hate. I’ve never before been called “traitor”.

“The threats to my safety have resulted in the police coming round to check in on us.”

‘Scary people’

She added: “My safety and the safety of my family has been threatened by some pretty scary people, emboldened by the rhetoric of frontline politicians, as well as cravenly irresponsible coverage by liberal legacy media outlets.”

Defending her performance of From The River To The Sea at the event to raise money for a new ambulance for Gaza’s Al Awda hospital, she said: “I do not believe that the phrase ‘from the river to the sea’ is in any way a call for the ethnic cleansing or genocide of Israelis, and certainly, when I have used it or heard it used by other people, it has always been as a call for the liberation of Palestine (i.e. the most face-value interpretation).

“Often it is accompanied by the phrase ‘… we are all Palestinians’.

“A call for one group’s liberation does not imply another’s destruction, and those suggesting that it does, when it is in fact that first group who are currently being murdered in their thousands, are leveraging a grotesque irony. I will not have my rhetoric around resistance and solidarity redefined by those who most violently oppose my democratic engagement.”

She added: “At this point it becomes necessary for me to state that I do not support Hamas and condemn them for the attack on October 7th.

“Whilst it is difficult to know the full truth of what happened that day – and hopefully with the fullness of time we will have a better perspective on this – there were undoubtedly war crimes committed, appalling acts, including the massacre of innocent civilians and hostage-taking.

“My heart goes out to the victims of that attack, the hostages, and their families.

“None of that justifies the horrors that have been inflicted upon the Palestinian people since that day.”

Hatred

The Campaign Against Antisemitism has accused Church of encouraging hatred and called for the Charity Commission to investigate the incident.

The Jewish choir conductor who co-organised the fundraising concert in front of 400 people last month, has rejected allegations that it was in any way antisemitic.

Wendy Lewis, who has conducted Côr Cochion Caerdydd (Cardiff Red Choir) since 1987, said the accusation was “absolute nonsense”.

She said: “It was the most positive life-enhancing event I’ve ever taken part in. The range of people who attended was very broad and included Muslims, Christians, Jews and others who came together to celebrate the ideas of peace and goodwill.

“Our hearts are heavy because of the slaughter of more than 29,500 people in Gaza by the Israeli Defence Forces since the invasion last October.”

She added: “There was a huge amount of energy flowing in the hall, and we had 30, then 50, then 100 people on the stage at once.

“As a Jew myself who has had family members killed in pogroms, I know very well what antisemitism is, and it wasn’t present at all in the workmen’s hall.”


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John Brooks
John Brooks
28 days ago

So Rishi Sunak, remind me who these extremists are!

Steve Duggan
Steve Duggan
28 days ago

I’ve a lot of respect for Charlotte, she speaks her mind and isn’t afraid to do so. In this case she is dead right. Everyone is angry at what Hamas did but the Israeli response has not been proportionate and many innocent people in Gaza are suffering. That just isn’t right.

Sikejsudjek
Sikejsudjek
28 days ago

You can’t really get from the river to the sea without removing Israel. Hamas certainly wanted this! That said Charlotte should not receive abuse. She is perfectly free to express her opinions just as the people at the peace concert were during October in Israel. Unfortunately, Hamas attacked, murdered and abducted them. So even westerners who wanted peace were seen by Hamas as a legitimate target.

onedragonontheshirt
onedragonontheshirt
28 days ago
Reply to  Sikejsudjek

So much arguing over the words of a song when the war criminal Netanyahu is indiscriminately massacring Palestinian civilians on a daily basis – 30000 and rising #genocide

Lord Custard
Lord Custard
28 days ago

Yes and who started it? Hamas!

CapM
CapM
28 days ago
Reply to  Sikejsudjek

“You can’t really get from the river to the sea without removing Israel.”
and also
You can’t really get from the river to the sea without removing Palestine.

John Brooks
John Brooks
28 days ago
Reply to  CapM

Because from he sea to the river is in the Israeli ruling party’s founding statement of intent to rule over the whole of Palestine.

Lord Custard
Lord Custard
28 days ago
Reply to  CapM

And you won’t find Israel singing it either!

John Brooks
John Brooks
28 days ago
Reply to  Sikejsudjek

But you can have freedom, justice and equality for all Palestinians wherever they live, in Israel or the currently occupied territories. And that is what the phrase means.

Maglocunos
Maglocunos
28 days ago

Charlotte Church is a brave, principled woman who is prepared to speak truth to power, unlike the yellow bellied establishment politicians and journalists

Who accuses her of anti-semitism??? They can’t use that slander any more after what the state of Israel is doing and has been doing for the past 75 years.

And the MSM should not be repeating these defamatory tropes any more

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