“We must remember that we are human beings here, we cannot lose our humanity”. On the occasion of the third stop of the Celebration Tour at the O2 Arena in London, Madonna held a passionate speech on the war between Israel and Hamas. The singer called the conflict “heartbreaking. Nobody wants to see what’s going on. I go on social media and I want to vomit. I see children kidnapped, torn from motorbikes; newborns beheaded, children shot and killed at peace raves. What the hell is going on in the world? How can humans be so cruel to each other? The situation continues to worsen. It scares me”. The pop star continued: “The children of the world belong to all of us, each and every one of them. I don’t care where they come from, what their headdress is, what their skin color is, what their religion is – children belong to us. And we are responsible for them”.
INDIGNATION OVER HATE CRIMES
Madonna also recalled an alleged hate crime committed in recent days in Chicago, where Joseph Czuba71, was charged of stabbing and killing 6-year-old Wadea Al-Fayoumeand that he seriously injured the child’s mother because Muslims. As stated by the local sheriff’s office, the conflict in the Middle East between Israel and Hamas also played a fundamental role in the commission of the crime. “Our hearts may be broken, but our spirits are not. No one can break our spirit,” said the pop star. “And you might look at what’s happening in the world and say, what the hell? What can I do, I’m just a person, I’m helpless. No, you’re not. Each of you has the power and ability to shine the light in the world. We are all candles; we can bring light to the world. If we turn on enough light, if we light enough candles, the collective consciousness of generosity and unity will change. No politicians, no laws, no sanctions, no land granted or taken. We, with our conscience, can change the f***ing world.” Introducing the next song, Madonna concluded: “It’s really hard to sing when you’re crying. And all I want to do is cry when I think about what is happening to so many of these little children.”
THE VALUE OF TOLERANCE
As explained by The GuardianMadonna is a supporter of the Kabbalah, a mystical branch of Judaism. Although she adopted the Jewish name Esther in 2005 and celebrated the barmitzvah of her son Rocco Ritchie in 2013, in an interview given in 2015 the pop star reiterated: “Am I Jewish? I mean, some people would say, well, you do a lot of things that Jews do, but I would say I do a lot of things that people did before Judaism existed. And I believe that what I practice has to do with something deeper than religion, which embodies all religions, including Judaism. And Christianity. And Islam.” The singer remained faithful to her thoughts even on the occasion of the 2019 Eurovision final in Israel, where she performed in company of two dancers respectively dressed with the Israeli and Palestinian flag who at the end of the performance merged in a hug. Now from the stages of the new tour Madonna divulges again messages of peace, as he did last week on Instagram at the outbreak of war: “We live in a world ravaged by hate. My heart goes out to Israel… I am aware that this is the work of Hamas and that there are many innocent people in Palestine who do not support this terrorist organization. This tragic attack will only cause more suffering for everyone.”