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The Libertines, Patti Smith, Eric Cantona and more perform at Palestine benefit concert in London


Former professional footballer Eric Cantona joined a star-studded list of music icons on stage for the charity gig in London in aid of Palestine.

Cantona took to the stage in Camden and read ‘Enemy Of The Sun’, poetry of Palestinian resistance which the Frenchman recited from memory. Cantona then returned for a second effort which was read entirely in French with the former Manchester United striker clearly more confident and emotional.

On top of that, Patti Smith offered some of her passionate poetry readings: “People have the power to redeem the work of fools!” she read. “Some say this song is stupid and old-fashioned,” the 71-year-old continued with the crowd eating up every word.

“Well, f**k them. There’s nothing stupid about young people gathering together and making change,” she added with defiance.

The benefit show for children’s charity the HOPING Foundation was hosted by comedian John Bishop, took place at the Roundhouse and also included the likes of Loyle Carner, The Libertines, Patti Smith, Thurston Moore and comedian Frankie Boyle.

“HOPING stands for Hope and Optimism for Palestinians in the Next Generation,” the event description read. “It is a charitable foundation that provides grants to organisations working with Palestinian refugee children living in refugee camps in Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, the West Bank and Gaza. The concert is our way to shine a light on the remarkable young Palestinians that HOPING is proud to support.”

“Thanks to everybody that came, donated, supported and / or performed – including our new honorary fifth, Eric Cantona,” The Libertines tweeted following the show.

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