Cohen may well have described his Tel Aviv concert as a “Concert for Reconciliation, Tolerance and Peace” just as Israeli leaders have described repeated homicidal attacks on Gaza as “self defence”. I don’t happen to believe there is a jot of truth in either statement.
Incidentally it was Amnesty USA which was daft enough to agree to become a fig leaf for this concert supporting the population responsible for one of the world’s longest-running and most vicious occupations, and it was probably the lobby to Amnesty International in London which resulted in this fig leaf being pulled. If Cohen had been genuine in his desire to make a statement for peace (rather than show support for the Zionist state of Israel) he would have attempted to have organized both concerts from the start, making the one conditional on the other going ahead. (And hey, how about having the Palestinian concert in Gaza?) As it was the Ramallah concert was an afterthought following criticism of his scabbing in Israel. As such the line about reconciliation, tolerance and peace was never credible.
Gindin has no place speaking about what Cohen would or would not have approved (at least not without he shows his Ouija board transcripts). What is beyond doubt is that Cohen sang about partisans and plenty of allusions to human rights that made people like me feel good about his music. He seemed to be recording the truth with such lines as “Everybody knows the war is over. Everybody knows the good guys lost.” He seemed to care about what he was writing. For him to then go and play Tel Aviv was like an April Fool joke in the very worst possible taste. Since then his music has seemed to me like a bottle of very fine wine that has gone sour: it has less value than the very cheapest supermarket table wine. That’s why I gave my compilation CD to a charity shop: I could no longer find any solace in his bogus sentiments.