Jethro Tull singer to donate proceeds from Israeli gigs to coexistence projects

Front man of legendary British band, Ian Anderson, will support Jewish-Arab projects Shatil and the Polyphony Foundation

Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull, Credit: Snafje on Dutch Wikipedia / Wikimedia Commons 

Ian Anderson of the legendary British rock band Jethro Tull is to donate the proceeds from his three Israeli concerts this week to Jewish-Arab coexistence efforts.

Anderson, the vocalist who plays flute and acoustic guitar, said net income would go to social change initiative Shatil and the Polyphony Foundation, which bridges the divide between Arab and Jewish communities in Israel through classical music.

Aged 71, he is the only band member still touring, and will be playing three concerts in Haifa, Tel Aviv and Jerusalem as part of the group’s 50th anniversary, with classics such as Living in the Past, The Witch’s Promise and Bungle in the Jungle.

Shatil is supported by the New Israel Fund, whose UK chief executive Adam Ognall paid tribute to the band’s announcement.

“Ian Anderson and Jethro Tull make a profound statement of support for our work and the values of democracy and equality,” he said.

“Their actions stand in contrast to those artists more concerned with posturing that helping contribute to lasting solutions that benefit Israelis and Palestinians alike.”

Lana Melman