Bob Geldof
Bob Geldof. Photo by Eliyahu Hershkowitz
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As he received his honorary doctorate on Monday from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Be'er Sheva, celebrated rock musician and activist Bob Geldof urged Israel and the Palestinians to abandon the "rejectionism of now" and make peace.

"The two sides must have leaders that one day must sit down and talk, that respect one another," the former Boomtown Rats frontman said.

"I am certain that where it begins is in the expansion of the mind that enables creativity," he said, adding that he felt qualified to express these sentiments as an Irish citizen who grew up in a country at war with itself.

At the start of his address, Geldof brought "warm regards from your colleagues at Al-Quds University. They asked me especially to do this."

Before receiving his honorary doctorate - an honor also bestowed on historian Sir Martin Gilbert; astrophysicist and Purdue University president Prof. France Cordova; University of Miami president Donna Shalala and businessman Stephen Waley-Cohen - Geldof met with BGU medical students and students at the university's Center for African Studies.

In his address, he urged those present to boost aid to Africa, saying "everyone has Africa in their pocket," because all cell phones and laptops require coltan, a vital component in the manufacture of electronics, and "98% of the world's coltan comes from Africa."