English singer and songwriter Morrissey is returning to Israel after a seven-year hiatus prolonged by several canceled shows due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The performer, who has often expressed his love for the Jewish state, will play July 2 at the Zappa Shuni outdoor amphitheater in Binyamina and on July 4 at Expo Tel Aviv, part of his 2023 UK and Ireland tour.
Morrissey last played Israel in 2016, and he received a symbolic key to Tel Aviv from longtime mayor Ron Huldai at a 2012 performance.
The singer, known for his baritone voice and lyrics that focus on various longings coupled with deprecating humor and anti-establishment themes, has a song called “Israel” on his album “Low in High School” in which he rebukes critics of the Jewish state.
“In other climes they bitch and whine/Just because you are not like them — Israel, Israel,” sings Morrissey, who has often declared his dislike for the BDS movement and boycotts of Israel.
Another familiar favorite is called “The Girl from Tel-Aviv Who Wouldn’t Kneel,” which Morrissey has said pays homage to a theatrical production of the same name based on the diaries of Etty Hillesum, who was murdered in Auschwitz in 1943.
Tickets are available at the Eventim site.