Singer who spoke out against military dies at 86
Monday 02 January 2012
Yaffa Yarkoni, a singer who belted out wartime songs only to become a critic of the Israeli military late in life, died yesterday aged 86. She had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease for many years.
Yarkoni, pictured, went from entertaining soldiers as a wartime songbird to criticising the military's treatment of Palestinians during their uprising in the last decade.
After chiding the military in 2002, Yarkoni found herself branded a traitor by soldiers' families, received death threats and had a gala tribute to her cancelled.
A group of artists held an alternative event to support her freedom of expression. The furore arose when she made comparisons between an Israeli military operation in the West Bank and the Holocaust.
"We went through the Holocaust. How can we do things like this to another nation?" she asked Israel's Army Radio.
Kate Winslet thanked 'particularly horrible' girl who bullied her at school after Titanic success
Israel accused of killing 75 children during day of 'carnage' and war crimes in Gaza war
Australia to impose 24-hour curfew on all cats to protect endangered species
Walter Palmer: Cecil the lion killer revealed to be American dentist
MH370: Boeing 777 wing that could match missing plane found on the French island of Reunion
- 1 Australia to impose 24-hour curfew on all cats to protect endangered species
- 2 Model's video shoot on the beach interrupted by sudden landing of a group of illegal migrants
- 3 The difference between a psychopath and a sociopath
- 4 MH370: Boeing 777 wing that could match missing plane found on the French island of Reunion
£20000 - £22000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: One of the UK's leading indepen...
£26000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Systems Administrator is requ...
£27000 - £32000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This Edinburgh city centre Scho...
£20000 - £25000 per annum + competitive: SThree: SThree are a global FTSE 250...