‘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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  1. marc b.
    February 16, 2013, 9:35 am

    Whether they made us cheer, pray for their salvation, wish they were Catholic, or thank God that they’d never convert, this year had plenty of Jews who played an important role in the Christian story. And what better time to highlight them in the Catholic Press Association’s ‘Jews of the Year’ award than now, during the Christmas holidays?

    howz that sound?

    • W.Jones
      February 16, 2013, 1:42 pm

      Offensive to medieval Catholics and medieval non-Catholic Jews.

      Look how far we’ve come that the sentiments you implicitly refer to can be tolerated nowadays. It’s so regressive.

  2. pabelmont
    February 16, 2013, 9:46 am

    $14 for tthe well-being of Israeli soldiers? Raised at a gala? Imagine how much MORE was spent by the participants! How much was tax-deductible? (Hint: not for the dinner, entertainment, blah.)

    But seriously, folks, this cannot have been for the well-being of the Israeli milkitary, it must have been for the well-being of the DONORs who came to see and be seen as supporters of Israel (Yea, Team!), as flashy dressers (I’d bet), as big-money-folk (to be sure, $141M is not chopped liver).

    And, anyway, Israeli military doesn’t need this measly $14M — not with the $3B+ they get every year from the ever-so-generous USA taxpayers (whose generosity is shown by cutting back on schools, police, fire, libraries, pensions, medical isurance — but never on aid to the least-needy: Israel and the USA’s own, its very, very own, DoD). When you talk “entitlements” in the USA, you’re talking (among other BIGs) BIG-ZION, BIG-DEFENSE.

  3. jimmy
    February 16, 2013, 9:54 am

    a benefit for the Israel Defense Forces in Los Angeles in December,

    gosh I just cannot remember when the last time any one in the USA did a benefit for US troops…

    the passionate attachment……Washington would be proud…wouldnt he

  4. Ellen
    February 16, 2013, 12:14 pm

    Chaka Kahn? She is the one who stepped in for Stevie? Sorry to hear that and it fits.

    Many years ago when she was just starting out on the big circuit, she was set to play at a venue in Manhattan. I was backstage in a reserved area for some reason. I was working there and waiting for a freind.

    Chaka was set to go on. She was crying. Just sitting there, not aware I was there. I started to reach for a towel or something, anything to bring to her.

    Suddenly one of her handlers came in and started screaming at her, using really vile language and calling her stuff no human being should bear. Then another came and started to hit her, pull her hair and really beat the otta’ her. For some reason she didn’t want to perform, I think.

    I was besides myself and they didn’t care who wittnessed this. My freind heard my shouting and came in. Then they let her go. He was some kind of rock and roll reporter and refused to make a report or call the police. I was too intimidated, foolish and young I guess.

    Somehow she went on and performed. Maybe she took something.

    But since then I’ve had an adversion to much pop culture. I think about that night.

    And now I read she stepped in for Wonder.

    Who are her handlers now? I hope she is doing well.

    • chinese box
      February 17, 2013, 1:13 pm

      What a story Ellen. A good reminder of just how crazy some stars (and “the business” in general) are.

      While we should applaud those with an informed social conscience who act on their beliefs, it’s better not to expect too much of celebrities. Many of them are shallow, concerned about their image, or worse, venal and only after the $$$$. There was a case recently of someone who performed for some despot in either one of the CIS states or former Yugoslavia (can’t remember which) for one million dollars, and then claimed later she didn’t know of his activities.

      If and only if it becomes severely detrimental to one’s image to perform in Israel, etc., then we will see everyone in Hollywood jump on the bandwagon, as has happened with gay rights in recent years.

  5. yourstruly
    February 16, 2013, 1:14 pm


    the trial of claire danes?

    at the international court of criminal justice? –

    for the crime of having raised money for the military of the genocidal entity israel?

    members of the jury what is your verdict?

    we find the accused guilty as charged?

    • yourstruly
      February 16, 2013, 2:14 pm

      israel genocidal?

      “oh this empty land”

      jewish settlers then emptying the land of its native people

      no native no crime?

      but in gaza?

      slow motion genocide?

  6. kalithea
    February 16, 2013, 1:25 pm

    Don’t like shows that glorify the mafia CIA in any way; racist film that portrays Muslims as the eternal terrorists, and especially “art” that is in any way Zionist-inspired – no doubt Homeland touches on all those categories and I’ll never watch another thing that Clare Danes is in; I’ve lost total respect for her. Yuk.

    Secondly, Khan is a has-been trying to be relevant at the expense of people suffering under Apartheid. It’s called: selling your soul for money. Get a respectable gig that pays less and quit entertaining war criminals, chaka!

  7. amigo
    February 16, 2013, 1:32 pm

    This gentile will vote for most genteel Zionist. If such a person exists

  8. David Samel
    February 16, 2013, 2:20 pm

    That Clare Danes photo shoot was amazing! Who knew you could get an authentic Valentino top for under six grand? And the Hermes belt for only $1500? Are they kidding? Are we sure it isn’t a cheap knock-off? What an informative piece for the US public about Israel!

  9. sardelapasti
    February 16, 2013, 2:27 pm

    Apart from the new laws about material support for terrorist organizations (which certainly applies in this case, and how!), wasn’t there some statute forbidding material support to foreign armies, as there is in all the rest of the world? Also considering that “Israel” is not an ally officially. Who would have standing? Fourteen million and officially on behalf of a non-allied foreign army, that’s huge. Even with a negative result, starting a suit would be worth it. Hostage?

  10. Cliff
    February 16, 2013, 4:27 pm

    Meanwhile, on a related note:

    French group that saved Jews from Nazis snubs Shoah memorial event

    The values that led CIMADE to save Jews make the group “equally committed to oppose the colonial, discriminatory and bellicose policy of Israel with regards to the Palestinians,” CIMADE regional deputies Françoise Rocheteau and Jean-Pierre Cavalie wrote in a letter to the local CRIF branch on Dec. 21. It also said CIMADE was determined to fight “apartheid.”


    Wiesenthal Center: French Holocaust Rescuers’ Snub of Shoah Commemoration is “A Triumph for the Worldwide Campaign to Demonize Israel”

    “This latest outrage is an insult to the memory of the victims of the Shoah whose fate was sealed by an overwhelmingly uncaring European continent and whose lives would have been saved if there had actually been a State of Israel in 1938 instead of 1948. Frankly, we don’t need those who are only prepared to have a moment of silence for 6 million dead Jews, but who are unwilling to show respect and solidarity for the 6 million living Jews who today are citizens of the State of Israel,” Rabbi Cooper continued.


    Zionists hate anyone and anything that doesn’t support their mothership.

    So the French organization is no longer righteous because it isn’t Zionist.

    The sense of entitlement and indignation on part of Rabbi Cooper (and no doubt other Zionists, since all I see so far is this story being tagged as categorial ‘antisemitism’) is repulsive.

    • yourstruly
      February 16, 2013, 8:36 pm

      apologists for apartheid israel condemning those who oppose its brutality towards palestinians?

      just as apologists for nazi germany condemned those who opposed its brutality towards jews?

    • kalithea
      February 17, 2013, 11:33 pm

      That’s gratitude for you! Zionists have a knack for biting the helping hand; spitting on Christians, scrawling hate against Christians and Jesus on church property, banning Christmas trees and now this. Oy vey!

      Here’s the lesson karma will teach Zionists: All those good Samaritan Christians or other, be they French, German, English etc. who helped Jews escape the Nazis did so because they were HUMAN BEINGS FIRST who viewed Jews as fellow human beings, part of all humanity.

      But alas! According to a uber-Zionist fellow rabbi, we goy are mere DONKEYS. How unfortunate that so many of the Chosen ones still haven’t gotten it through their heads that we are all created equal…EVEN, Palestinians!

      What offends Zionists MOST is not that these good French Samaritans are again siding with their humanity; what offends Zionists most is that these Samaritans consider Palestinians HUMAN BEINGS deserving of the same compassion Jews deserved back then.

      How racist and selfish can they be! When karma comes a calling to collect on these offenses; no doubt, they’ll try to pull out the victim card, but they won’t be able to fool karma like they fool the rest of the world.

      Zionists are begging for a karmic lesson.

  11. Jan
    February 16, 2013, 4:30 pm

    Friends of the Israeli Military raises many millions of dollars for this foreign army. They are in fact one of the major fund raisers in the US for Israel.

    Since American vets are suffering unprecidented rates of suicide and homelessness it is not hard to wonder why these “Friends” give higher precedence to the Israeli soldiers than they do to Americans who are suffering as a result of the wars fought by the American government. To make matters even worse donations to this odious organization are tax deductible.

    It is past time that the Israel Lobby groups and groups raising money for Israel had to register as agents of a foreign power.

    Since “Friends” has events in many cities around the country perhaps it would be a good idea to demonstrate in front of these events with signs asking why they are supporting Israeli troops and not American troops. It could be pointed out that this could be considered traitorous.

    • jimmy
      February 16, 2013, 7:39 pm

      perhaps it would be a good idea to demonstrate in front of these events with signs asking why they are supporting Israeli troops and not American troops.

      good idea….Code Pink maybe….

      and remember these “wars” of aggression by the US..were inspired by bill kristol and the neocons…most of who are zionists

  12. Citizen
    February 16, 2013, 10:55 pm

    On the FIDF web page: Roger Ailes is on the board of directors, and “George Costanza” hosted the gala gathering $14M in tax-decuctible donations. $26M was gathered in donations last March. The western branch apparently gets the most donations.

    Here’s your chance to attend the big gala in Miami on Feb 28th–the menu prices: https://www.fidf.org//sslpage.aspx?pid=1159

  13. Citizen
    February 16, 2013, 11:08 pm

    Last August 126 young Americans joined the IDF: https://www.fidf.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=1072

    • aiman
      February 17, 2013, 7:59 am

      Isn’t that akin to some American joining the Taliban? The question remains: Why is one form of violent tribalism permissible while the other is not?

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