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The Rolling Stones arrived in apartheid Israel yesterday. The music is about to begin.

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(Graphic: Stephanie Westbrook @stephinrome)

Hasbarists are branding the visit “historic“. Yeah, I’d agree with that. Historically disastrous.  

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(Graphic: Stephanie Westbrook @stephinrome)

They know…

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(Graphic: Stephanie Westbrook @stephinrome)

Your guess is as good as mine Steph.

About Annie Robbins

Annie Robbins is Editor at Large for Mondoweiss, a mother, a human rights activist and a ceramic artist. She lives in the SF bay area. Follow her on Twitter @anniefofani
Posted in BDS, Israel/Palestine

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  1. Man, this sucks! I was a Stones fan through most of my youth and even went to their concert in London a long time ago, scraping together my meager funds for the ticket. I would never have thought that they could be bought, especially now in their twilight years when they don’t need the money or the political influence.

    I guess there is no Santa Claus, and idols and heroes turn out to be mere men. More the pity.

  2. just says:

    Stephanie is a genius.

    The RS are still partaking of toxic substances– now its ziocaine. Too bad they can’t detox, and the serious efforts by socially aware BDS’ers & intervention failed. I guess they are tone deaf.

    • W.Jones says:

      If you spend enough time debating Hasbarists, you develop immunity to Ziocaine powder.

      Buttercup: “And to think, all that time it was your cup that was poisoned!”
      Westley : “They were both poisoned. I’ve spent the last few years of my life building up an immunity to ziocane powder.”

      • Rooster says:

        Musicians performing in a country after being made aware of a boycott supported by their high profile peers represents them supporting the status quo.

        Choosing to NOT make a statement when confronted with the opportunity to make a statement IS A STATEMENT ITSELF. And in this case, a vile statement that tarnishes an otherwise remarkable career. It’s a shame.

        But the Stones are of a bygone era that is being rapidly displaced, anyway. Their performance, passively in favor of Israel’s policies (as it must be, when Roger Waters asks they not perform yet they do so anyway), is akin to the trancelike support Zionism had enjoyed concurrently with the rise (and decline) of the Stones.

        • W.Jones says:

          I can understand the trance. I found Israeli society attractive because (A) the Bible involved to a large extent ancient Israel and I saw a relationship between them, (B) they had kibbutzes, like a communist society would, (C) there was persecution in Europe, including the Holocaust.

          Finding out about the brutal prison-like conditions Palestinian villages undergo dispensed with B and C, while finding out that it is directed against Christian villages dispensed with A. This is not to say that there were or are no attractive features of Israeli society, but its system is based on dispossessing and expelling another society — another society which, when understood with compassion and a love of culture, is no less appealing itself.

  3. Zach S says:

    The Rolling Stones routinely play music in front of American audiences. Clearly we can conclude that they support the Afghan War, drones strikes on civilians and hate gay marriage.

    I hope the Rolling Stones don’t plan on playing in Ramallah while they’re in the Middle East, or else they would be guilty of supporting suicide bombers, rocket attacks on civilians, and the cold-blooded murder of innocent people just because they are Jewish.

    Oh wait, this idea that musicians performing in a country means they support everything that country does is just another double standard, the kind which this website routinely traffics in.

    • seafoid says:

      Keep up the great work Zach. I have never heard any of your amazing points before.

      What about cold blooded murder of innocent people in Gaza just because they are not Jewish ? Or do they not count ?

      • Woody Tanaka says:

        “What about cold blooded murder of innocent people in Gaza just because they are not Jewish ? Or do they not count ?”

        Of course they don’t count. To the likes of Zach S, because they are non-Jews, they have no rights that the Jews must respect.

        • DaBakr says:

          Hamas would gladly have the Rolling Stones lined up and shot for perfidy, sodomy, and a whole slew of other crimes they have readily admitted to so using Gaza as a point of argument s kind of absurd. Sort of like discussing the merits of a Stones concert in Tehren.

          Doesn’t ANYBODY here see the humour in members bemoaning the fact that they will now have to boycott their favorite rock band? Along with Dylan, N.Young, Beatles music w Pauls name on it, and on and on. What pray tell are you going to do when your in the grocery store/mall and the muzak version of “I Can’t get no..” is playing? Don’t tell me, your going to carry around an ipod and earbuds with nothing but Roger Waters , Elvis Costello and the Shondies on it. BDS sucks sometimes.

          • seafoid says:

            “Doesn’t ANYBODY here see the humour in members bemoaning the fact that they will now have to boycott their favorite rock band? ”

            Yeah DaBakr. There hasn’t been any new music since 1967
            Jerusalem of Gold was the decent song LOL.

          • Hostage says:

            Doesn’t ANYBODY here see the humour in members bemoaning the fact that they will now have to boycott their favorite rock band?

            I don’t really care one way or the other. The Rolling Stones do not represent Zionist culture and they aren’t promoting the Israeli occupation or profiting from it. I do boycott Gene Simmons and Kiss, because he’s a Zionist who politically supports Netanyahu and the occupation of Palestine and is a graphic example of an Israeli who denies the existence of Palestine and promotes discrimination against Palestinians, e.g. link to youtube.com

            I also boycott the entertainers who raise money in the guise of “The Friends of the IDF” whether they perform in Israel or not.

    • What the Israeli’s are doing is a violation of international standards and human rights. Worse is the denial they are not doing it, while claiming to be a democratic and inclusive country.

      If the US were still committing civil rights violations against blacks, the Rolling Stones should boycott the US. Is the US still practicing segregation or civil rights violations against blacks by law? No.

      • DaBakr says:

        No. But they are still squatting on over a million hectors of stolen land and until they give it back and allow the first nations to resettle where they originally were they should shut up with the double standards. And please don’t tell me about the billions in loans to Israel. Your American arms conglomerates make many more billions off Israeli ‘aide’ loans and contracts then Israel ever has made. I believe the US would suffer more if the loan guarantees were witheld. And as far as I’m concerned I would prefer Israel not be taking any monies if the price is too high. There are many Iraelis that would support a big reduction in US aid

        • Citizen says:

          @ DaBakr

          Yes, be a light to the nations, apply 19th Century standards to 21st Century Israel. Hitler explicitly justified his POV and activity, inter alia pointing to how the US stole land from the natives, and also pointing to the American eugenics movement. (He also said, Who remembers the Armenians?) Ignore the Nuremberg Trials of ’1945-47 and the international legal principles set out, subsequently amplified at Geneva.

          If there’s many Israelis that would support a big reduction in US aid, why doesn’t anyone tell the Israeli leaders and media, and tell the AIPAC matrix which has a long, steady pattern of pushing for ever more aid to Israel?

        • they should shut up with the double standards.

          last i heard all americans have the same civil rights. we’re a civic national state, at least on the books. that’s a far far cry from zionist legal discrimination based on ethnicity link to mondoweiss.net

          don’t even dare to presume israelis share a standard of civic equality we aspire to in this country. there is no double standard, none.

      • Zach S says:

        What the Israeli’s are doing is a violation of international standards and human rights.

        But it isn’t the only country that violates international standards and human rights, is it? This idea that if your country violates human right and international standards, bands shouldn’t play in it only applies to Israel, and therefore should be rejected for hypocrisy.

        There’s nothing Israel isn’t doing that America hasn’t done a million times over, and Israel wouldn’t get away with it if it were not for American support. If you expect the Stones to be consistent, you should demand they leave America and never come back. Of course, you would have to do the same yourself.

        • zach, i don’t support american wars and i do my best not to invest in corporations who make a profit in war crimes. i’d probably support a well organized boycott against the US, or i’d support the people doing it.

          none the less, let’s get back to the basics. palestinians have organized a boycott against people who profit off their oppression, which in many cases involves corporations that are not israeli, as i am sure you know. many of those corporations are in fact american.

          there’s no contradiction here. the boycott is only growing, that’s just something you’ll have to contend with.

          btw, did you hear sodastream is down another point today. 36.20. isn’t that loverly?

          • wes says:

            Annie Robbins says:
            June 4, 2014 at 10:27 pm

            “the boycott is only growing, that’s just something you’ll have to contend with.”

            i know,exciting times indeed ……..but what is really weird is the colour of the girlcott……..its turned green.
            you forgot to mention keith richard,s headband……………..consolation prize for the pal hasbies……….isn,t that lover ly ?

          • Zach S says:

            zach, i don’t support american wars and i do my best…

            Really? Do you continue to pay taxes that directly finance the American war machine? As long as you still live in America you can’t honestly say you are “doing your best” not to support its behavior.

            palestinians have organized a boycott against people…

            No, a group of one-man NGOs have organized a boycott because they claim to represent the Palestinian people. Noam Chomsky pointed that out a long time ago.

            did you hear sodastream is down another point today. 36.20. isn’t that loverly?

            Yes, it is lovely! Soon the hundreds of Palestinians who work there will be back on the UNRWA dole living out a meaningless and dull existence! You should be patting yourself on the back.

          • DaBakr says:

            oof. SodaStream is definitely down. But why? Who knows? Some people think its ‘bubble’ was artificial in the first place as consumers in the US are being tugged away from ‘soda’ based products for healthier alternatives. Is that happening? Probablt not. But who was really buying SS? Probably richer folks. How sustainable is a product that pushes ONLY soda? And with two big appliance makers aiming to cut in-it doesn’t look like SS has a bright future. At least I can’t understand why a product like this is so popular except for a certain ‘status’
            Anyway-if you believe the owner-he never expected success and was ready to sell. If he was honest-I am guessing he will sell sooner then expected. And then everyone can argue about whose fault it is that the Palestinians who like working there are suffering again. Or-if owner is truly as dedicated-he will figure out an alternative business that can operate in the same plant with most of the same workers. Like how about selling water treatment units for developing nations that don’t have access to clean water? I only know one Israeli with a SS and she is pretty ‘left’. The real die-hard Zionist I know don’t have SS as far as I know-unless they are hiding them.

        • Rooster says:

          Yet strangely, when the Stones boycotted South Africa, there were still countless political issues that were active.

          But the Stones didn’t say, “We’re not going to single out poor South Africa, until Mongolia, Sri Lanka, the Phillipines, etc. are resolved!”

          Nor did they say, “Hey, this is music: it has NO ROLE in making worthwhile political statements!”

          They didn’t because the narrative of South Africa had finally been made common knowledge, and the outrage demanded response. It was a ripe issue.

          The Zionists shouldn’t be whining about why Israeli apartheid is being moved to center stage at long last: they should be counting their lucky six-pointed stars that it took THIS LONG for the real story of [ONGOING] Palestinian dispossession, and naturally resultant outrage, to come out.

    • On that logic, Zach, it would have been fine to play Berlin in the 1930s. After all, the anti-semitic policies were just a part of the Nazi party’s governing agenda. They eliminated unemployment and improved health care dramatically.

      But you are correct; if the Stones are going to play Tel Aviv, they should have the guts to say the fact that no Palestinian fan can travel the one hour car ride from Ramallah, because of their status as Palestinians, should be denounced as apartheid.

      Don’t hold you breath.

      • Zach S says:

        it would have been fine to play Berlin in the 1930s.

        And it was. Jesse Owens’ legacy was not tainted at all because he participated in the Berlin Olympics.

        if the Stones are going to play Tel Aviv, they should have the guts to say the fact that no Palestinian fan can

        Is it common for members of a nation at war with another to enter that nation to attend a concert? I didn’t think so.

        • members of a nation at war with another

          can you say occupation?

          • Citizen says:

            @ Annie Robbins
            No, Zach can’t say occupation, and he wants you to quit paying your taxes to protest our country’s ongoing military interventions around the world. I don’t know what country Zach lives in, but in America that will land you in jail because here the IRS holds all the cards and within IRS jurisdiction you are guilty until you prove yourself innocent.

            Zach says the Israelis and Palestinians are at war with each other. Israel is said to have the 4th strongest military in the world, backed up by the only superpower in the world. Palestine has no military force at all. That’s a war?

            Also, I’m sure I’m not the only American on this site who protests the American military-industrial-security complex Ike warned us about in his farewell speech.

        • Woody Tanaka says:

          “Is it common for members of a nation at war with another”

          Oh, then if it’s a war, then, then I expect you to shut up and tell your other zionist buddies to shut up when someone blows themselves up among the members of a nation who is at war with them or when little bottle rockets are fired on the people in Siderot and Ashkelon, because as we know, there is nothing wrong at all with that, right? Or are you just talking out of your a**?

    • broadside says:

      Zach, that’s a good point. Doesn’t mean of course Jagger couldn’t take advantage of the situation; the guy does have a mic on stage, after all; tell the audience that while he finds Zionism a foul and racist ideology, ethnic supremacism holding a gun, he’s sure many others in the audience do too, and that’s why he’splaying. (Can’t imagine that would bring down the house.)

      I seem to recall Elton John taking more than one principled stand along the way. During the post-9/11 period he criticized Americans for their ignorance at one show (again, as I recall), and I remember he got an award presented to him by that comedian Sammy something-or-other, someone who had made several anti-gay statements, and Elton’s comment, live, was (again, as I ….): “I’ve never gotten an award form a pig before.” So some do stand up. And Elton! Of all people.

      As for McCartney… The Beatles mean too much to me for me to hold it against him (Stones ain’t in that category) but he explained his playing Israel by saying he has many Jewish friends. Sorry, Paul. That don’t cut it. If they really were his friends — the type of Jews he should have as friends!! — they’d have been the first to tell him not to play.

      • Zach S says:

        . Doesn’t mean of course Jagger couldn’t take advantage of the situation; the guy does have a mic on stage…

        Maybe Jagger believes that the job of musicians is to play music, not to issue political statements. I would wager that 90% of musicians in the world today feel the same. Unlike you and your fellow BDS advocates, they don’t insist on shoving politics into every facet of everyday life. Maybe you should try it sometime.

        • broadside says:

          So Zach, you are saying artists playing apartheid South Africa would have been kosher?

        • Woody Tanaka says:

          “Unlike you and your fellow BDS advocates, they don’t insist on shoving politics into every facet of everyday life.”

          Typical that you would reduce the murder and oppression of a people, based on nothing but their ethnoreligious background to “politics.”

          But then again, you’re the type that refuses to see a cold-blooded murder when it’s right in your face…

        • talknic says:

          Zach S “Maybe Jagger believes that the job of ..”

          Job? The Stones? Don’t be ridiculous

          “Unlike you and your fellow BDS advocates, they don’t insist on shoving politics into every facet of everyday life.”

          Uh? Every facet of everyday life? Not every facet. It’s only the 66 years of Israeli occupation, 66 years of illegal facts on the ground, 66 years of dispossession, war crimes which are everyday life for the Palestinians under the jack boots of the Zionist Movement‘s state, after having been given COMPLETELY GRATIS half of Palestine for the Jewish state. Who’s motto seems to be ‘more than enough is never enough’

          “Maybe you should try it sometime”

          Maybe you should try honesty for once

        • the job of musicians is to play music, not to issue political statements.

          Zach, I’m a musician. A damned good one. Why don’t I have the right to make political statements in your world? And, if I do, are my political statements somehow less meaningful than those of a politician or a general or a CEO whose company builds land mines and cluster bombs, because I am an artist?

          Could you describe your hierarchy of who is the most qualified to make political statements, descending downwards into those least qualified.

          Haven’t you heard of Beethoven, Clara Schumann, Giuseppi Verdi, Alban Berg or Dmitri Shostakovich? They were all musicians who made multiple political statements through their art, some of it profound. There is a long, long list of musicians from more popular schools of art who have made eloquent political statements. Not just musicians, either.

        • Citizen says:

          @ Zach S
          Jagger joined the protest against apartheid South Africa.
          He also (belatedly) joined the protest against Bush Jr-Blair neocon attack on Iraq–after he learned Saddam had no WMD: link to dearkitty1.wordpress.com

          So you are ignorant or lying when you claim Jagger is only interested in making music and not using his celebrity to make political statements.

          The deduction is that Jagger is very selective about his politics, and, assuming he read the Pink Floyd guy’s request not to play in Israel, he made a clear choice which is open to criticism.

      • DaBakr says:

        you have what an old rabbi once said of a non-observant Jew, a “chinese menu” method of boycott. Its all nice and fine for you to say Paul McCartneys too important for you to give up but you’ll boycott all those other insignificant acts that play. This is exactly why most people could care less about who the Shondies are and where they will and won’t or can and can’t play. You can’t pick and choose. In order to be effective BDS has to be absolute. Including the Beatles and Michael Jackson music. Wow, here I am a lowly zio-nazi scum giving advice to a bds suporter

        • Woody Tanaka says:

          ” Wow, here I am a lowly zio-nazi scum giving advice to a bds suporter”

          Nope. While you are definately lowly zio-nazi scum, what you’re doing is concern trolling.

        • Citizen says:

          @ DaBakr
          Regardless of religion, seems to me everyone has a “chinese menu,” picking and choosing what parts of their religion they wish to prioritize. What they intentionally overlook, and what they stick hard on–tells you a lot about them. Actually, it’s the same with secular ideologists. Fanaticism is a matter of degree, whether you’re talking abortion, free enterprise, or Israel. I submit that the history of the state of Israel and its devolved policies and present conduct are there for anyone to see, as is the US enablement of those things. I think the day is coming when Israel will be held accountable, along with its enabler, the USA, in the same way the Catholic Church ultimately had to start facing up to priestly pedophiles, instead of covering them up. There’s now a movement within that Church to allow priests to marry. Equal rights in Israel is the future too.

      • Linda J says:

        elton john is a raving ZIONIST who went to Tel Aviv and slagged off Elvis Costello and other artists taking a principled stand against apartheid in Israel: link to popeater.com

    • Woody Tanaka says:

      ” the cold-blooded murder of innocent people ”

      What do you care about the cold-blooded murder of innocent people?? When those innocent Palestinian boys were murdered in cold-blood by the Israeli terror goons, you couldn’t bring yourself to even admit what was in front of your face!!

      Oh, wait, that’s right, you only care when it’s Jews that are killed. When Jews are the killers and the innocents killed in cold-blood are Palstinians, you are all for it.

      Something, something, double standard.

    • Rooster says:

      Hey, Zach, maybe you can shed light on why so many AIPAC job openings just showed up?

      Deputy Regional Political Director – Southern Pacific
      Deputy Regional Political Director – Mid-Atlantic
      Deputy Regional Political Director – Midwest
      Synagogue Initiative Deputy Director – Southern Pacific
      Regional Synagogue Initiative Director – Pacific Northwest
      Leadership Management Director – San Diego and Palm Springs
      Leadership Management Director – Las Vegas
      Area Director – Ohio
      Synagogue Initiative Deputy Director – Southwest
      Regional Outreach Director for Veterans – Southwest
      Leadership Management Director – Silicon Valley
      Regional Outreach Director – Pacific Northwest
      Development Associate
      Area Director – Minnesota, Indiana, and Iowa
      Senior Policy Analyst
      Policy Analyst
      National Veterans Outreach Constituency Director
      Special Assistant to the Deputy Director – Northeast
      Administrative Assistant – Progressive Engagement
      Administrative Assistant – Southern Pacific
      Leadership Management Director – Las Vegas
      AIEF Israel Seminars Director
      Area Director – Baltimore
      Leadership Management Director – East Bay, Sacramento Valley, and Northern Nevada
      Regional Director – Pacific Northwest
      Administrative Assistant – Silicon Valley and East Bay
      Area Director – Technology Division
      Regional Outreach Director – Northeast
      Outreach Education Director
      Deputy National Political Director

      And my favorite:
      National Religiously Motivated Pro-Israel Christian Outreach Constituency Director

      See:

      link to jobs.powerjobs.com

      link to jobs.powerjobs.com

      • Zach S says:

        I think it’s interesting that you assume every person who disagrees with you about the defaming of artists who have the temerity to play in Israel is somehow affiliated with AIPAC. It’s a sign of a paranoid personality disorder.

        • ha! nice divert zack, way to not answer the question. i hope you realize your response only tells us something about you but exactly zilch about rooster, who didn’t make any such assumption.

          It’s a sign of a paranoid personality disorder.

          yeah, but it wouldn’t be roosters. so, any idea why so many AIPAC job openings just showed up?

          • DaBakr says:

            IDK. Its an American pac. And it doesn’t have much to do with the Stones or BDS, or does it? Why don’t you tell us your theory? And hopefully it will be better then your theory about the killer in Belgium was. I am definitely listening.

          • Its an American pac. And it doesn’t have much to do with the Stones or BDS, or does it?

            but it has everything to do with the Stones and BDS. case in point, this very thread. or don’t you think aipac involves itself with online advocacy? (hasbara)

        • Woody Tanaka says:

          “It’s a sign of a paranoid personality disorder.”

          Really? And how would you diagnose someone who refuses to see that two Palestinian boys were murdered by I”D”F thugs when they have the video right in front of them???

    • Hostage says:

      Oh wait, this idea that musicians performing in a country means they support everything that country does is just another double standard, the kind which this website routinely traffics in.

      I don’t think so, since they allow me to post here and I only endorse the cultural boycott of Zionist and Israeli state institutions, not self-employed foreign artists.

      P.S. I don’t see any harm in fans publicizing their personal opposition to artists performing in Israel.

    • talknic says:

      Zach S “The Rolling Stones routinely play music in front of American audiences. Clearly we can conclude that they support the Afghan War, drones strikes on civilians and hate gay marriage”

      So boycott them instead of whining or do you also hate gay marriage, condone drone strikes and the invasion of Aghanistan

    • eljay says:

      >> I hope the Rolling Stones don’t plan on playing in Ramallah while they’re in the Middle East, or else they would be guilty of supporting suicide bombers, rocket attacks on civilians, and the cold-blooded murder of innocent people just because they are Jewish.

      Why do you keep implying that “Israel = Jews“? Are you a Palestinian or Palestinian supporter?

      • Citizen says:

        “… just because they are Jewish.”

        Isn’t 20% of Israeli population non-Jewish?

        Would Israel allow the Rolling Stones to play in Ramallah? Gaza?

  4. chet says:

    Recently a new documentary aired — Who The F*** Is Arthur Fogel — a story about a a Jewish kid from Ottawa who has risen to be the most powerful music show producer in the world.

    Fogel got his big break when he snagged the 1989 Rolling Stones tour from Bill Graham and made it a huge success — since then, Sting, U2, Madonna and Lady Gaga.

    This guy is why the Stones are playing in Israel.

    link to theglobeandmail.com

  5. @Annie Robins:

    Let me, please, ask you simple questions: Why several singers and artists* with high reputation and millions of fans around the world agree to perform in Israel? Maybe those who boycott us, at least part of them, just afraid to lose fans or maybe they just were threatened**? It seems to me that this boycott is not related to ideology in most of the cases.

    (*Partial list: Justin Bieber, Justin Timbelake, Leonard Cohen, Paul McCartney, Madonna, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Paul Simon, Elton John, Depeche Mode, Pet Shop Boys and now the Rolling Stones )

    **
    link to theguardian.com

    • Woody Tanaka says:

      “Let me, please, ask you simple questions: Why several singers and artists… agree to perform in Israel?”

      So, it looks like the “I am not Nakba denial” agent in the Israeli Ministry of Propaganda is back in the role of the potato man, huh?

      • @Woody and Shingo:

        So, it looks like the “I am not Nakba denial” agent in the Israeli Ministry of Propaganda is back in the role of the potato man, huh?

        It looks like the semi illiterate MY is back.

        Very nice way to evade the subject. Here again:
        link to theguardian.com

        • lol, when you say “the subject” you do mean your diversion don’t you? since when is paul macCartney “the subject”. you asking a ‘simple question’ does not make it “the subject”.

          cheerio. besides, we’ve already discussed, and debunked, that diversion several times on this blog. link to mondoweiss.net

          • @Annie;

            since when is paul macCartney “the subject”.

            No, McCartney is not the subject and you all have no ability to answer my questions which are
            1) Why several singers and artists* with high reputation and millions of fans around the world agree to perform in Israel?
            2) Maybe those who boycott us, at least part of them, just afraid to lose fans or maybe they just were threatened**?

            I hope now, although my bad English and although I am semi illiterate ans although I am a potato man working in propaganda ministry, you will be able to discuss the real subject.

          • Hostage says:

            1) Why several singers and artists* with high reputation and millions of fans around the world agree to perform in Israel?

            Bands don’t usually make much money from selling recordings anymore, the bulk of their income comes from live performances. The Stones were demanding $200 dollars per ticket, so this wasn’t a charity gig or an example of Philo-Semitism.

            I’ve pointed out on several occasions that I don’t necessarily believe artists should boycott Israeli fans, including members of B’tselem, Breaking the Silence, Yesh Din, Association for Civil Rights in Israel, et al on the basis of their Israeli nationality. I don’t think that self employed foreign artists necessarily represent Zionist culture.

            In the case you cited, McCarthy has recently married a Jewish woman and has gone out of his way to say that he has “friends who support Israel” and was celebrating the 60th anniversary of its establishment. I have no heartburn with anyone boycotting him on the grounds that he is an obnoxious Zionist tool.

            2) Maybe those who boycott us, at least part of them, just afraid to lose fans or maybe they just were threatened**?

            I’m certain that many artists don’t believe that the typical Israeli fan is an evil government apparatchik and that they could be unaware of the level of latent racism in Israeli society.

            But there has been an on-going international armed conflict for 66 years in which a few Palestinians die or get injured or imprisoned on a daily basis and multitudes of Palestinians either live in exile or under a Jewish military dictatorship. If artists actively take sides or celebrate that situation, and don’t expect to receive death threats, then they are incredibly fucking naive.

        • Shingo says:

          Very nice way to evade the subject. Here again:

          An article from 2008, which proves you are indeed semi illiterate

          • eljay says:

            >> Let me, please, ask you simple questions: Why several singers and artists* with high reputation and millions of fans around the world agree to perform in Israel?

            For the same reason simple potato-man sells potatoes in occupied Jerusalem: To make money. If the Stones / the potato-man stood to lose a significant amount of money by playing in Israel / selling potatoes in occupied Jerusalem, they / he wouldn’t be doing it.

            >> … although my bad English and although I am semi illiterate …

            Your bad English and semi-illiteracy seems to come and go. Give it a few minutes, and you’ll be right as rain again.

        • Woody Tanaka says:

          “Very nice way to evade the subject.”

          Oh, you understand articles today, potato-man. No “[v]ery nice way to evade subject. Bring me Moose and Squarrel” I guess there was a shift change at the Ministry of Truth, eh?

    • Shingo says:

      Maybe those who boycott us, at least part of them, just afraid to lose fans or maybe they just were threatened**?

      It looks like the semi illiterate MY is back.

      • DaBakr says:

        I guess you fans here don;’t like the concept in the byline: “the War of Ideas in….”. You like to play in your own sandbox. No room for the frikkin war ey?

        • eljay says:

          >> I guess you fans here don;’t like the concept in the byline: “the War of Ideas in….”. You like to play in your own sandbox. No room for the frikkin war ey?

          1. The fact that you and Zio-supremacists like you are in this sand-box means there’s plenty of room.
          2. If it’s a war of ideas, you don’t get to whine for kid-glove treatment of yours.

  6. Rooster says:

    Strange… I was expecting the new Rolling Stones logo to be the familiar mouth and tongue but located beneath underside of a donkey.

    • Zach S says:

      BDS supporters: 100% class.

    • Taxi says:

      You mean fellating the donkey.

      • Rooster says:

        Yes, I didn’t want to be so obviously distasteful about it…
        … but, hey, we’re talking about apartheid here, so donkey fellatio is probably the LEAST offensive element of all this.

        • DaBakr says:

          Why doesn’t some political cartoonist plant a Magen David on the ass of Netanyahu and have the Stones logo licking that? At least THAT would be funny. You lefties have always got to work on your humour skills.

          • Hostage says:

            Why doesn’t some political cartoonist plant a Magen David on the ass of Netanyahu and have the Stones logo licking that?

            After Jagger’s sexual forays with David Bowie, many would mistake that sort of attempt at satire with a boring documentary.

          • talknic says:

            DaBakr “Why doesn’t some political cartoonist plant a Magen David on the ass of Netanyahu and have the Stones logo licking that?”

            link to wp.me

          • Taxi says:

            LOL talknic – I guess DaB doesn’t know what a versatile, renaissance man you are!

          • DaBakr says:

            @talknc

            Although its not his fault how he looks-S.Adelson is NEVER funny.

            And the star was to be on Bibis’ ass. Not an ass of a pig.

            So-while you may be creative- its not nearly as funny as a big Stones logo licking the star on Bibis butt. Now come on. Get it together.

  7. Henry Norr says:

    Makes me proud that the only time I ever went to a Stones concert (in 1969), I forged the tickets!

  8. Taxi says:

    Can we buy t-shirts of this fun artwork?

    They’d look so cool and one can go around wearing them and advertising the no-no of supporting Apartheid.

    Name-and-shame is part of non-violent resistance.

  9. Chu says:

    British bubble gum blues pop that managed to remain cool all these years. Who really cares?
    They don’t sing about political stuff at all, so let them perform to the desperate state, as it must mean so much to the loving Israeli kids, and it surely beats out hearing Babs perform again. Oye…

    Question remains, is Neil Young still going to play this summer, or did that idea fail yet? If he were to perform, that would damage his credibility. Especially when he wrote songs like Southern Man.

    I wonder how Elton John feels years later as he went out of his way to embrace Israel, thereby snubbing Palestinians. It’s moments like that, watching someone stoop to such a level, that they can be forgotten about forever.

  10. ckg says:

    @Chu I hope Stephanie prepares some images for Neil Young, whose upcoming hosts forgot what the Good Book says.

  11. MRW says:

    Grandpas sing in Israel and you bitch? Israelis love their Peres’s.

  12. MRW says:

    I wonder how Elton John feels years later as he went out of his way to embrace Israel, thereby snubbing Palestinians.

    Won’t matter. His son will feel it.

  13. On the topic of the visit of the Rolling Stones, I suppose that I am being guided by my heart. I get pleasure out of the fact that the Stones played in Israel.

    We will see (a chunk of history til i cast off this mortal coil) how the interplay of international sanction and Democratic party in the United States will lead to a new policy of the US towards Israel. It does not seem near, so meanwhile beyond the realm of strategy when celebs play Israel- Dylan, Leonard Cohen, McCartney, the Stones, I get a good feeling.

    In 2004 the last time I voted I was unsure whether to vote for Kerry or Bush and it was only sitting on the couch and measuring my own “instinctual” reaction for Kerry and against Bush that I decided to follow my heart.

  14. jon s says:

    My daughter reports that it was a great show, despite the sweltering heat.
    Mick said (in Hebrew!): “Good evening Tel Aviv, happy Shavuot!”, even though the holiday was over.
    Keith said: “I’m happy to be here. Actually I’m happy to be anywhere”.
    Former Stone Mick Taylor appeared also , as a surprise guest.

  15. Talkback says:

    The good thing about BDS: It’s like slowly boiling a frog. He never notices it until it’s too late.

  16. MasterAdrian says:

    I suspect that the members of the Rolling Stones are suffering…… from dementia!

    They forgot, or cann’t remember that they were once pro-equality, and fought apartheid, that’s probably why they now support (economically at least) a country were apartheid has been raised to a divine principle, a dogma!

    The Rolling Stones have finished themselves off, and I feel that the People who stand for Freedom, Equality and and end to Apartheid in the Middle East should finish off the Rolling Stones now too!

    Crediting a country that enables and promotes kidnapping, physically and sexually abuse children, raping pregnant women, classify human beings as lesser then animals, and that claims to be democratic though all information is censored by the military, is in my opinion supporting and crediting a state that deserves to be at least thrown out of all international fora, all cultural and social institutions around the world, and be put under strict and full control of an independent council!

    The state of Israel was created on the ashes of those who were murdered by the national-socialists of adolf hitler, the state of Israel has turned into a modern day concentration camp, were the acts of adolf hitler at his camps only were examples for!

  17. Taxi says:

    Refrainplayinginisrael Blogspot:
    link to refrainplayingisrael.blogspot.com

    We know Mickey (you’re so vain) is getting at least a cool mil for the tel aviv show – the band’s tel aviv gig is worth $6.7 dollars:
    link to haaretz.com

    • Citizen says:

      I guess, no matter how rich one is, one wants to be richer. Material life style is really big for The Rolling Stones, the very ones who made their wealth by pretending to be rebels against the same thing? These guys are really old. They’ve made how much money over the years? Yet they need more? Or is their prime motive simply aging ego? One of them said recently apropos going to play in Israel, he was just glad to be going anywhere to play his music.