London (ANI): Despite the threats from extremists groups, Sir Paul McCartney's concert made a deep impact on the Israeli crowd, as they sang along to his song 'Give Peace a Chance'. The concert, held on Thursday night, had a play list of all the Beatles favourites, which included songs like Yesterday, Hey Jude, Eleanor Rigby and Sergeant Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club band.
But the song that really caught the Tel Aviv crowd was the peace anthem, which had a thousand waving cell phones after Sir Paul dedicated the song to his late fellow Beatle, John Lennon, and sang about the folly of war. Among the crowd was 12-year-old Naama Shahaf, who usually listened to the Beatles tracks on MP3 files, but enjoyed the concert just as much, with her mother Dafna, 43, who first listened to the band on vinyl.
"I love the music and Paul in particular," the Telegraph quoted Naama as saying. "After this concert I am going to do a school project on the Beatles," she added. Her mother Dafna explained how she grew up on a kibbutz in the north of Israel listening to the Beatles throughout her teenage years. "It's something that just jumps the generations," she said as she danced happily on the grassy venue of the concert with her daughter.
The security around the venue was heavy, but the only time the 45,000 strong crowd grumbled was when the concert came to an end after just two-hours, stating that it should have gone on a little bit longer. McCartney's performance came 43 years after The Beatles were banned from playing in Israel because of fears that they could "corrupt the nation's youth". "They said we were bad for the youth of Israel, and I think that was a mistake I don't think we were that bad," McCartney had said defensively after arriving in Tel Aviv.
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