Blacklisted by the ‘Jewish community’ over Israel, the Shondes take their stand

Israel/Palestine
Shondes, fronted by Louisa Solomon

Shondes, fronted by Louisa Solomon. Elijah Olberman is on Solomon’s right.

Twice recently we’ve mentioned the cancellation of a concert by the Shondes in D.C. by the Jewish Community Center because the band’s leaders endorse boycott, divestment and sanctions and criticize Israel. The concert was scheduled for later today. Tikkun has published this open letter from the band’s leaders that Elijah Oberman allowed us to publish. –Ed. 

On March 28 Brooklyn rock band The Shondes (Yiddish for “The Disgraces”) were disinvited from the Washington Jewish Music Festival, at which they were scheduled to perform on June 2, due to band members’ views on Israel and Palestine. Founding members, singer Louisa Rachel Solomon and violinist Elijah Oberman, have written this open letter in response.

The idea of “the Jewish Community” gets thrown around a lot, even though we have never been a singular or remotely unified group. Jews have wildly different traditions, experiences, and opinions about what Jewish-ness even is. Are The Shondes part of this often-invoked, elusive community? In many ways the answer is clearly yes. But when its institutional guardians draw borders around it to keep out people and ideas they deem unsavory, out-of-line, or “off-brand,” it is an incredibly fraught belonging, to say the least. That kind of policing is the antithesis of the Judaism we love.

One of our favorite jokes is the one about the four rabbis, three of whom always band against the other in arguments. When the fourth gets G-d to intercede for him, the three respond: “Nu? So now it’s three against two.” We were always, perhaps naively, very comfortable with the idea that in Judaism debate is inevitable and invaluable. (How else would the Talmud exist?) Coming to support Palestinian rights, then, even in the face of hardline institutional Zionism, didn’t make us feel any less Jewish or less entitled to community. After all, what could be more Jewish than asking tough questions and fighting injustice?

Of course we’ve learned a lot since then. When the DC Jewish Community Center (DC JCC) asked us to play the Washington Jewish Music Festival this year, we had no illusions about their politics. We accepted the offer in a spirit of optimism, believing that despite the political chasm between us, we are part of the community they supposedly serve, and ought to be able to get on stage and play our songs — most of which are about love, survival, and hope — for anyone who wants to hear them. Then they abruptly uninvited us last week, citing our past comments on Israel. Apparently the mere presence of those who don’t share their views is intolerable.

In light of this blacklisting debacle, it seemed we should offer a bit about where we are coming from. We are best friends who have shared 14 intensely transformative years in New York. We have an unmistakable camaraderie, a great platonic love born of shared hardship and joy, struggle, and occasional victory. We built our friendship in the streets protesting, in our apartments lighting Shabbes candles, and on stage performing. Music, Judaism, and activism have proven to be inseparable, essential parts of our lives.

In college at the New School we occupied pro-war President Bob Kerrey’s office, demanded divestment from arms manufacturers, and even formed an anti-Occupation “Hillel” (we had the audacity to declare it “Hillel” without anyone’s permission, before there was the inspirational Open Hillel). We watched the Twin Towers fall, in our pajamas in the street, and then watched a disturbing, reactionary patriotism unfold. We saw Arab, Muslim, and South Asian friends demonized and attacked in the shameful racist backlash that overtook our city. We protested, organized, and tried to figure out what solidarity was.

One particularly depressing day, Louisa convinced Eli to try playing punkrock violin with her, and we stumbled upon the musical collaboration that would become our life. Songwriting is rigorous work that helps us feel more whole; it engages us spiritually, politically, intellectually, and emotionally. When we perform, we give audiences everything we have, all our vulnerability and strength, and the connection between us is palpable. It feels sacred and radical, and in moments, like a glimpse of a better world.

Jewish ritual — on holidays, shabbes, and whenever else we needed it — also became a source of comfort, connection, and strength, and ritual events became sites for organizing. We joined Jews Against the Occupation, where we had the honor of working on the After Exodus seder. It took place on the last day of Passover as the sun set and the holiday ended, and focused on asking “after 8 days of reflecting on Jewish persecution and liberation, how do we respond to the oppression of Palestinians in our names?” There has never been much separation for us between doing Judaism and doing activism.

Though opposing occupation and Jewish nationalism made good sense to both of us, Louisa’s experiences with the International Solidarity Movement in the West Bank deepened how those political positions felt. They became much more visceral, particularly when Louisa described seeing Israeli soldiers terrorize Palestinian families and then spray paint stars of David on their homes, using the Jewish symbol as a mark of conquest. The Israeli occupation of Palestine is brutal and unjust, and its claims on Judaism are disgraceful distortions of anything we have ever found meaning in.

When we formed The Shondes we had no expectation of support from mainstream Jewish institutions. We were, after all, self-identified disgraces with a devoted, but small following. From their perspective we were ignorable, irrelevant. But that changed when we started receiving serious critical praise, and in their endless quest to appeal to young, hip Jews, we finally registered on their radar. How revealing that they invited us and then canceled, betraying their priorities so clearly. Evidently it’s more important to maintain an old guard party line on Israel than to “broaden the tent.” Rest assured, young and alienated Jews will get that message loud and clear: keeping critics of Israel out is more important than inviting you in.

We stand in solidarity with Palestine because Judaism calls us to the work of ethical existence, to grapple with power and privilege, to notice and resist what is unjust. We support the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions Movement (BDS) because it pressures Israel to comply with international law: to end the illegal occupation, ensure refugees their right to return home, and guarantee full rights to Palestinian citizens of Israel. Its tactics have been used throughout history to draw attention to and demand accountability for injustice, yet the DC JCC has treated our position like treason, grounds for excommunication. Their reaction is not only comically punitive, but embarrassingly retrograde! Sooner or later they will realize that increasing numbers of Jews oppose Israel’s actions in our names, and many of those who don’t endorse BDS unequivocally support open conversation of it. No one wants to be told what to think, threatened for asking questions, or punished for taking a stand. What an irony that institutions whose missions focus on protecting Judaism’s future are writing themselves out of it.

Through some Jewish numerology we won’t subject you to (ask if you want to know!), the tzitzit (fringes) on a tallis (prayer shawl), are said to represent both the heart (lev) and our commandments (mitzvot). Sometimes called G-d’s heartstrings, the fringes are an enduring reminder of our core beliefs and principles, our capacity for love and empathy, our responsibilities in the world. Some will try to coerce us into silence on Israel, but they will fail — the conversation is happening whether they like it or not. Judaism is not owned by these self-appointed arbiters of Jewish propriety; it belongs to all of us. We are a part of the Jewish community as much as such a thing exists, and we are happy to remain on its fringes. We will make our Jewish future here.

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  1. just
    June 3, 2014, 10:05 am

    Rock on!

    I read and listen with mighty hope in my heart. It’s through folks like you, with an active social conscience, that change can and will come.

  2. pabelmont
    June 3, 2014, 10:27 am

    ” That kind of policing is the antithesis of the Judaism we love.”

    Well, yes and no. BDS is an enterprise that does not require participants to be Jewish, but nothing in my knowledge of Judaism of Jewish communitarianism suggests that using boycott to educate people about immorality on the part of apartheid-like states is un-Jewish or anti-Jewish. So: BDSers practice a certain kind of “policing” too.

    I am so glad, so very glad, that the DC Jewish community (and Hillels and many others) are openly and proudly practicing “policing”, “censorship”, “exclusion”, It shows that they APPROVE of BDS (at least, when they themselves practice it).

    BDS asks rock bands not to play in Israel and DC-JCC asks (some) rock bands not to play DC-JCC.

    We’re all one happy world. And the Jewish pressure politics (against Jews!) is there for all to see. Perhaps ordinary Americans will become aware of this tribal BDSing and ask themselves “How much worse must Israeli action against Palestinians be if FOI treat Jews like this?”

    • Zach S
      June 3, 2014, 11:37 am

      The DC-JCC is not obligated to give a platform to people who hold views that they find repellent. Refusing to host the Shondes is not “policing,” “censorship,” or “exclusion.” The DC-JCC is not trying to drive the Shondes out of business, they simply refuse to support them.

      Would you say an African-American church that refused to allow David Duke to speak there was guilty of “censorship?”

      In contrast, BDS tries to “convince” neutral venues to keep out all Israelis regardless of their political views, and when that fails to disrupt the concert, occasionally with cries of “Shoot the Jew.”

      But I do agree with you that BDSers whining about “censorship” is extremely hypocritical.

      • ritzl
        June 3, 2014, 8:36 pm

        Is David Duke black? Who knew?!

        DC-JCC should probably change their name (or the Shondes their religion) to suit your twisted analogy.

        Didn’t read the article, did you? These folks address your “point” at length.

        Nonsense, as usual.

      • Zach S
        June 4, 2014, 9:00 am

        DC-JCC should probably change their name (or the Shondes their religion) to suit your twisted analogy.

        So you’re saying that the DC-JCC should allow all Jews to come, even if they find their views abhorrent, while not expecting them to do the same for non-Jews?

        DISCRIMINASHUN!

      • ritzl
        June 5, 2014, 12:03 am

        @Zack S- Yes/No (what was the question again), I’m saying that the DC-JCC,, through its name, sets itself out to be an “all Jews” meeting place, but it’s not an “all Jews” community center, is it? It’s a “some Jews” (defined by someone somewhere) community center. They should (to conform to your analogy) change their name to reflect that condition of participation in DC Jewish life.

        The Shondes’ rejection has nothing to do with non-Jews.

        The intra-Jewish split is coming, not by virtue of thems that want to be included, but via the coercion of thems that want to exclude. I suspect that the split will never be about completely leaving the close-knit Jewish community, but it will be about antagonism about Israel and the resulting ostracism.

        You argue like a petulant 12-year old.

      • Annie Robbins
        June 4, 2014, 11:48 pm

        Is David Duke black? Who knew?! DC-JCC should probably change their name (or the Shondes their religion) to suit your twisted analogy.

        yeah, that has got to be one of the strangest analogy i’ve read in a long long time.

        any group that calls itself the jewish community center should be just that or change their name. maybe the zionist community center, it the pro israel community center. but if there are political criteria for being jewish, lets see the book on that.

  3. Susie Kneedler
    June 3, 2014, 10:35 am

    Dear Shondes, What poets you are (of course, like your brilliant music!): turning Essay into Art. I love how you’ve called yourself “The Shondes,” though your work is “Honor, Beauty, Courage, Grace, Inspiration, Love, and More”–too humorless for artists like you. Thanks for your imagination, stirring us to be Disgraces like you.

  4. seafoid
    June 3, 2014, 10:38 am

    It’s very sad to see Jewish orgs blacklisting anyone who dares speak out about justice in Israel.
    It’s just not kosher.

    When did it all go putrid ?

  5. seafoid
    June 3, 2014, 11:21 am

    link to haaretz.com

    “The Jewish people are charged with being the ethical leaders of the world, Jerusalem is meant to be the city of peace and we are meant to be the shining moral example; “a light of the nations” (Isaiah 42:7). ”

    Bukra fi mishmish

    • Woody Tanaka
      June 3, 2014, 11:31 am

      Ugh. The flip side of bigotry is still bigotry. There is nothing about Jews that make them “ethical leaders,” “shining moral examples” or “a light” to other people. Jews are just like everyone else: some good, some bad, some angelically good, some god-awful. To pretend otherwise is just as bad as pretending that some ethnicity consists of “ethical incompetents,” “rotting moral failures” or “a darkness” that acts as a warning to “the nations.”

    • just
      June 3, 2014, 11:39 am

      Too bad the Zionists truly ruined it for everyone………… bukra fi mishmish, indeed.

      (PS– we ain’t no shining city on a hill, either! we/they claim exceptionalism and it is entirely false.)

      • seafoid
        June 3, 2014, 12:24 pm

        Purity is impossible in power. Judaism could never run a state and not be soiled by the experience.

    • eljay
      June 3, 2014, 11:51 am

      >> link to haaretz.com
      >> “Our Biblical ancestors were trailblazers charged with bringing blessing to all of humanity.”

      Except for the part of humanity they drove out, enslaved or slaughtered.

      >> “They were also echoed in Israel’s Declaration of Independence, which sought peaceful coexistence of Jews and Arabs in Israel … ”

      Peaceful co-existence in a supremacist “Jewish State”? Maybe. Equality? No.

      >> The Jewish people are charged with being the ethical leaders of the world …

      Charged by whom? “The Jewish people” don’t have any special ethical powers – as Israel clearly demonstrates – and I don’t recall the rest of the human race putting “the Jewish people” in charge of ethics around the globe.

      >> But, instead of seeing us as an inspirational sovereign Jewish state …

      There is nothing inspirational about any kind of supremacist state, not even a supremacist “Jewish State”.

  6. yonah fredman
    June 3, 2014, 12:39 pm

    To Elijah and Louisa, my yiddishe bruder und shvester,
    I can’t say that I agree with you 100%, I lack your clarity and am unsure of the way forward. I just wanted to say hello and to call you brother and sister.

    • Cliff
      June 3, 2014, 3:03 pm

      Meet Wondering Jew, someone you do not want as your brother.

      He thinks Muslims are ‘unhuman’ if they wear the niqab(sp).

    • jon s
      June 3, 2014, 3:54 pm

      Here we go again… Jews who support BDS, who support a boycott of their fellow Jews , are upset that they are being blacklisted in the community, the boycotters are being boycotted. Seems hypocritical to me.

      • Zach S
        June 3, 2014, 4:15 pm

        Jon: Exactly correct. The hypocrisy level of this thread is over 9,000. Don’t dish it out if you aren’t prepared to take it.

      • pjdude
        June 3, 2014, 7:34 pm

        no its not hypocrisy your just blind to any fault in zionism. bds is trying to exert pressure to prevent war crimes and fighting for basic human rights. what these guys did is basicly say you can’t be part of the jewish community unless your zionist. it be own thing if it was a zionist group but a jewish community group canceling a event imvolving jews for having the mere temrity to have different views is a whole different kettle of fish

      • SQ Debris
        June 4, 2014, 4:45 pm

        To quote the Prophetic Shondes, ”
        Wait, I’m on your side,
        punch a hole into the sky,
        it’s not too late,
        you’ve got to try!”
        There’s nothing hypocritical in rock’n for universalist humanism. That’s the heart of BDS. At least give them a listen: link to youtube.com
        Payback for this blacklisting is to buy their music. Speak with your wallet.

      • Woody Tanaka
        June 3, 2014, 4:17 pm

        “Here we go again… Jews who support BDS, who support a boycott of their fellow Jews…”

        What does thier ethnicity matter?? Should American Germans during the second world war supported the Germans, no matter what, out of a sense of ethnic co-identity?

        “…are upset that they are being blacklisted in the community, the boycotters are being boycotted. Seems hypocritical to me.”

        How is it hypocritical? Are you saying that there should be a litmus test for inclusion in that community? That one must hold certain political views in order to be Jews of good standing? That one cannot use his own conscience or sense of right and be respected for that?

      • Shmuel
        June 3, 2014, 6:01 pm

        Jews who support BDS, who support a boycott of their fellow Jews , are upset that they are being blacklisted in the community, the boycotters are being boycotted. Seems hypocritical to me.

        Is it hypocritical of Israel to complain about BDS when it imposes sanctions against all Palestinians (Gazans in particular), boycotts Hamas (and now the entire Palestinian leadership), supports the US blockade against Cuba, is a strong supporter of sanctions against Iran, etc.?

        Is it hypocritical of an individual who has supported other boycotts in the past (and may even support one or two in the present) to cry foul when Israel is the target of such protests?

        I support BDS, but consider it an act of political protest – one that should be protected in our societies and communities, whether or not the powers that be agree with its goals.

        Shkoyekh Shondes!

      • Woody Tanaka
        June 3, 2014, 6:07 pm

        “Is it hypocritical of Israel to complain about BDS when it imposes sanctions against all Palestinians (Gazans in particular), boycotts Hamas (and now the entire Palestinian leadership), supports the US blockade against Cuba, is a strong supporter of sanctions against Iran, etc.?”

        No, because, as our man of the Israeli “left” notes, the BDSers support a boycott of Jews. Palestinians, Hamas, Cubans and Iranians aren’t Jews. So clearly, to jon s, it’s only a problem when Jews are boycotted.

      • jon s
        June 4, 2014, 10:41 am

        Shmuel,
        I don’t object ,in principle, to all boycotts. A boycott can be justified and useful.

        I disagree with the BDS movement , for reasons I’ve explained in previous comments.
        Recently I also posted a comment in which I objected to the banning of Jewish Anti-Zionists from the “community table”, so to speak;
        link to mondoweiss.net

        In this case , though, I couldn’t help pointing out the problem of supporters of the boycott complaining about being blacklisted. It’s a case of “if you boycott us, we can boycott you”.

        Happy Holiday
        חג שמח

      • Basilio
        June 4, 2014, 12:41 am

        They are not boycotting their fellow Jews. That’s inaccurate. They’re boycotting a state i.e. Israel. That would be like if Ireland decided to boycott Catholic Croatia over human rights. It doesn’t mean the Irish would be boycotting people based on religion and what not. If a black majority boycotts another does it mean they’re boycotting all black people? No. Israel is not all Jews. This shouldn’t be happening in America. Anyway, Israel violates so many human rights laws and behaves in a way that the US South did, if not worse, back in the 1950’s. Didn’t whites in the North go against that, as well, including Jews?

      • talknic
        June 4, 2014, 2:27 am

        jon s “Here we go again… “

        Indeed . More pathetic conflation by a zionist propagandist

        “Jews who support BDS, who support a boycott of their fellow Jews”

        Israelis actually, because citizens of the State of Israel are illegally settled in non-Israei territory, benefiting from the occupation of non-Israeli territory, in contravention of the Laws of War, the UN Charter and relative conventions, all of which the State of Israel has had ample opportunity to rectify by adhering to its legal obligations.

        Alas, Israel has been creating illegal facts on the ground for so long, it cannot afford to adhere to the law. The only legal way out for Israel now is to strike a deal with the Palestinians who have the law in their favour.

        All Israel has is the incredibly expensively bought and hugely precious US UNSC veto vote, which only allows the frog to stay in the pot

        ” Seems hypocritical to me”

        Were you honest you’d have to admit it isn’t. However, honesty isn’t in a propagandists brief. I understand your need.

      • ritzl
        June 4, 2014, 4:14 am

        @talknic- “…which allows the frog to stay in the pot.”

        A perfect description of what’s happening.

        The thing I never can comprehend, though, is that they/GoI are self-aware enough to know they’re at least potentially a frog and observant enough to detect the steam rising up around them, but yet are unwilling to put the two together. Unlike the frog, Israel is consciously and collectively making the decision to stay in the pot. Or maybe like the frog, they are incapable of doing so.

        Either way, that’s definitely poetic justice but it’s still sad in that many people will be hurt as a result.

      • talknic
        June 4, 2014, 5:56 am

        ritzl correction “sad in that many people have been, are still being and will be hurt as a result”

        No matter how many times one points out the deception being played on innocent Israelis themselves through their being fed Israeli Government propaganda justifying the ongoing illegal settlement of non-Israeli territory, the fact that the State of Israel sells them ‘real estate’ in non-Israeli territory, the fact that the annexation of East Jerusalem and the non-annexation of all the other territories Israel has acquired by war is illegal according to the UNSC, some folk insist on posting post their inane misinformed drivel.

        One can only conclude they either have severe psychological issues or they’re simply propagandists who don’t care what they say in which case they have severe psychological issues.

      • ritzl
        June 5, 2014, 12:57 am

        Aye, talknic. Great correction.

  7. seafoid
    June 3, 2014, 1:44 pm

    “Jews have wildly different traditions, experiences, and opinions about what Jewish-ness even is”

    Maybe in Galut but not in Israel. It’s IDF Hebrew lockstep. Most ethical army in the world and anyone who disagrees gets their head kicked in .
    Kosher lemehadrin.

  8. seafoid
    June 3, 2014, 1:49 pm

    The attempt to micromanage thought is so typical of apartheid

    link to nybooks.com

    “In an autobiographical essay from 1954 she writes about growing up in South Africa:
    For me, one of the confusing things…was the strange shift—every year or two when I was small, and then weekly, daily almost, when I was adolescent—in my consciousness of, and attitude towards, the Africans around me.
    F
    ive years later, she writes about being white in South Africa:
    We do not suffer, but we are coarsened. Even to continue to live here is to acquiesce in some measure to apartheid—to a sealing off of responses, the cauterisation of the human heart.

    Two years later, she is predicting the end of white power: “The white man, as a power, is fast becoming extinct in Africa.”

    Then there are elegies for those who have been destroyed by the system, including as essay written about the black journalist Nat Nakasa in 1966:
    He did not calculate the population as thirteen million or three million, but as sixteen. He belonged not between two worlds, but to both. And in him one could see the hope of one world. He has left that hope behind; there will be others to take it up.
    Then there is a note of exasperation in an essay ten years later:
    With unprecedentedly strong criticism of the government coming from its own newspapers and prominent Afrikaners as well as the opposition, it is baffling to read that at the same time 60 per cent of whites…support Mr. Vorster’s National Party.
    In 1981, she writes about censorship: “I am one who has always believed and still believes we shall never be rid of censorship until we are rid of apartheid.” In 1999, with apartheid over, she describes how it is to live under the new freedom:
    I am aware now, every day, in so many ways, big and small, happy and troubling, that I can speak of “our country.” If the air of taking possession can be palpable, I feel it when I walk out of my gate. I hear it in the volume of traffic….It is that indefinable quality called confidence.
    The eighteen years in between and the years after give her the opportunity to write about the new world as it struggled out of its chrysalis, and figures such as Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. An essay from 1990 begins:
    I have just come home from the rally that welcomed Nelson Mandela back to Soweto. It was the occasion of a lifetime for everyone there; including the dot in the crowd that was myself, as one of the whites who have identified with the African National Congress through the years when it was a crime to do so. “

  9. BrianEsker
    June 3, 2014, 1:50 pm

    BDS and ISM? They’re Jew haters. Period!
    Lie down with dogs… you get up with fleas.!
    Why are these ditzy kids even surprised that they get the boot?

    • talknic
      June 4, 2014, 6:24 am

      BrianEsker “BDS and ISM? They’re Jew haters. Period!

      Says a supporter of Israel’s ongoing crimes against International Law and the UN Charter

      “Lie down with dogs… you get up with fleas.!”

      As you and your fellows amply demonstrate

      “Why are these ditzy kids even surprised that they get the boot?”

      They’re expressing dismay at the depths to which some Jewish communities have sunk in unquestioning support of the insane notion of a Greater Israel, which runs contrary to Israel’s legal obligations A) as a state and B) as a UN Member and C) according to the Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel.

      The sad fact is, that when one actually looks under the bed, instead of finding enemies of Israel, one finds over a hundred years of Zionist deceptions and 66 years of deceptions perpetuated by the State of Israel, which alas has the unfortunate side effect of reflected on Jews as a whole because they’re not standing up to the one thing driving a wedge between Jews in today’s world, ZIONISM!

      The only way out of the Israeli ‘facts on the ground’ sh*t hole created by the Zionist Federation, is for Jewish folk to demand their Jewish state start adhering to the legal obligations of statehood as PROMISED by the Jewish Agency, the Zionist Federation, the Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel and the State of Israel’s countless broken agreements with its neighbours

      All Jewish folk should be dismayed that the State of Israel has never even had a legally elected Government, under the promised and obligatory constitution. The State sells real estate in non-Israeli territory to Israeli citizens, encourages them to break GC IV, a convention adopted to protect all citizens, including those of the Occupying Power, from the possible violent consequences of occupying another people.

      Q) What kind of ghastly government does that kind of thing?

      A) the kind of government you support BrianEsker

  10. Elliot
    June 3, 2014, 7:46 pm

    “Ditzy kids”

    The Jewish community is in a state of grave concern ranging to panic over the steady and deep decline in affiliation, particularly among the young. These same you people are increasingly disinterested in the rightwing holy dyad of Holocaust + Israel. Just check out the Pew survey on trends in the Jewish community. So you better get used to “ditzy kids” who are in to Jewish stuff. They aren’t going away, if you’re lucky.

  11. BrianEsker
    June 3, 2014, 9:13 pm

    @Elliot “The Jewish community is in a state of grave concern..”
    Hahaha! Not about these ninnies, my Friend.
    They don’t look much like “breeders” either.
    Somehow we’ll get by without their synagogue, Hebrew school or summer camp dues I’m sure.

    • ritzl
      June 5, 2014, 1:06 am

      Obviously, SO obviously, there’s enough “grave concern” to deny them a platform for their ideas. You really can’t have it both ways.

      “Breeders?” Is that a homophobic lesbian reference?

      Iconic, pro-Israel blather…

  12. Annie Robbins
    June 3, 2014, 9:15 pm

    the tzitzit (fringes) on a tallis (prayer shawl), are said to represent both the heart (lev) and our commandments (mitzvot). Sometimes called G-d’s heartstrings, the fringes are an enduring reminder of our core beliefs and principles, our capacity for love and empathy, our responsibilities in the world……we are happy to remain on its fringes. We will make our Jewish future here.

    oh wow, gorgeous. thank you so much. i’m ready ;)

  13. DaBakr
    June 3, 2014, 10:10 pm

    you guys can have the shondes and israel will take the stones, dylan, and all the other important acts coming to Tel Aviv. I have no problem with the Shondes making a living and touching people with their heart felt (or so their fans say) songs. Nobody should be forced to either boycott them or not boycott them. the lead singer seems perfectly capable of comprehending the polictics behind their dis-invitation. Wether it makes sense to them or not-if she doesn’t ‘understand’ then she is not as smart as she sounds.

  14. DaBakr
    June 3, 2014, 10:29 pm

    oh, and another thing you bds’rs can ponder and chew apart, here is part of a scholarly study on the impact of bds on harming South African corporation either on an owner or investor level and effected virtually zero change except in the PR dept which is why:
    In other words, the only real effect of BDS is in the area of public relations. And that’s why BDS activists push one divestment measure against Israel after another, even after a string of failures. Every campaign is another chance to promote their anti-Israel narrative and infect more people with their poisonous message.

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