‘Gentiles of the Year 2012’ include singer who performed for Israeli army benefit in LA

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The tragedy of Zionism: Apparently the Jewish question that stymied Europe for hundreds of years has now become the Israel lobby question. And the category “Righteous Gentiles” — non-Jews who risked their lives to save Jews from anti-Semitism in Europe– has become the category of non-Jews who protected Israel’s image from its critics in the west. By the Jewish Telegraphic Agency staff:

Thanks to Claire Danes, Americans have not only fallen in love with an adaptation of an Israeli TV show, but they’ve learned that Tel Aviv is the world’s “most intense party town.” Danes portrays the bipolar CIA agent Carrie Mathison on the critically acclaimed Showtime series “Homeland,” which had parts of its second season filmed in Israel

After music legend Stevie Wonder backed out of a commitment to perform at a benefit for the Israel Defense Forces in Los Angeles in December, bowing to pressure from pro-Palestinian activists, the Grammy Award-winning singer Chaka Khan took his place. Khan performed several of her signature hits at the gala, which wound up raising $14 million to support the well-being of Israeli soldiers.

We’ve never pointed out here that the New York Times magazine section did a huge spread on Clare Danes, “A Day in Tel Aviv,” last September. It included two shots from Jaffa.

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