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One of the famous moments of the presidential campaign was back in December 2015 when Donald Trump told the Republican Jewish Coalition that he didn’t want their money, or their control. “You’re not gonna support me because I don’t want your money. You want to control your politicians, that’s fine.”

Those words are among Trump’s most self-satirizing; because 2-1/2 years later, the deal’s gone down. The transactional president definitely wants the money. And the RJC definitely wants control….

If you read between the lines of recent news events, it appears that this organization that works hard to push Israel’s agenda inside the GOP has become the address for fundraising and foreign policy ideas under Donald Trump. The RJC has a lot of power in this administration; and international players know it.

Indeed, the RJC, which is closely aligned to Benjamin Netanyahu, has now cropped up in special counsel Robert Mueller probe of foreign influence. Not that Mueller is targeting Israel’s role in the 2016 election campaign. No, that job falls to us, yet again.

Let’s get to the news, and focus on three members of the RJC board: Sheldon Adelson, Norman Coleman, and Elliott Broidy (who had to resign from that board last month).

Adelson is one of Trump’s biggest donors. He and Coleman pushed for two major policy moves in the Middle East that have come true in recent weeks: Trump tore up the Iran deal, and moved the embassy to Jerusalem. Trump also named Adelson favorite John Bolton national security adviser.

On May 10, Adelson rewarded Trump by giving a check for $30 million to the Republican Congressional Leadership Fund to Coleman, with House Speaker Paul Ryan standing by. That fund is trying to save Republicans in the midterm elections, an existential threat to Donald Trump.

Politico described the political flavor of that gathering in Las Vegas.

The long-sought donation was sealed last week when, according to two senior Republicans, House Speaker Paul Ryan flew to Las Vegas to meet with the billionaire at his Venetian Hotel. Also at the meeting with Adelson was his wife, Miriam…

As a federally elected official, Ryan is not permitted to solicit seven-figure political donations. When Ryan (R-Wis.) left the room, Coleman made the ask and secured the $30 million contribution…

Coleman became chair of the RJC chair right after Trump’s inauguration in 2017. The RJC is the hub, Politico reports:

Party officials have been paying Adelson their respects. In February, a number of House Republicans made their annual sojourn to Las Vegas to attend the annual retreat hosted by the Republican Jewish Coalition, an organization that Adelson helps to fund. Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) addressed the conference, and Ryan spoke by teleconference to a meeting of the group’s board.

Both Adelson and Coleman went to Jerusalem for the embassy opening two weeks ago. The MinnPost reports that Coleman once said that Trump was unqualified to be president, but he swallowed that belief, because Israel is central to his political mission. He told MinnPost that Trump is perhaps “the most pro-Israel president we’ve ever had.”

He went through a laundry list of things Trump has done to bolster Israel — and by extension, he says, the U.S. — during his year and a half in office: the withdrawal of the U.S. from UNESCO, the U.N.’s cultural organization, the withdrawal of the U.S. from the multilateral agreement to relieve sanctions on Iran in exchange for the Iranian regime stalling its pursuit of nuclear weapons, and the biggest one, the relocation of the American embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

And though Coleman and the RJC faulted Trump after his Charlottesville comments of last summer, nobody’s perfect, Coleman told the MinnPost.

Ultimately, though, Coleman says that the embassy and Iran deal moves are too important, too fundamental to Israeli and U.S. national security. “It’s not like sitting in a Poli Sci 101 policy discussion,” he said. “We’re talking about the existence of the Jewish state.”

Coleman has also done lobbying work for Israel’s new strategic partner, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. And that brings us to Broidy. Broidy is a Los Angeles financier who raised millions for Trump in 2016 who has come into the news lately for two big reasons.

First, Broidy stepped down from the RJC board and his job as deputy finance chair at the Republican National Committee last month after saying that he’d gotten a former Playboy bunny pregnant, and Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen had paid her off to the tune of $1.6 million. (There’s been speculation that Broidy is taking the fall for Trump on the affair.)

Second, and more importantly, Broidy’s former lobbying partner George Nader, a Lebanese businessman, has been cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller. And it’s been reported that Nader on behalf of the United Arab Emirates sent Broidy $2.5 million for his lobbying efforts.

AP, March 26:

George Nader, an adviser to the UAE who is now a witness in the U.S. special counsel investigation into foreign meddling in American politics, wired $2.5 million to the Trump fundraiser, Elliott Broidy, through a company in Canada, according to two people who spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter. They said Nader paid the money to Broidy to bankroll an effort to persuade the U.S. to take a hard line against Qatar, a long-time American ally but now a bitter adversary of the UAE.

A month after he received the money, Broidy sponsored a conference on Qatar’s alleged ties to Islamic extremism.

Broidy had access to Trump, meeting with him twice in 2017. And Broidy was not registered as a foreign agent for the UAE. But Broidy’s central issue is Israel. Nader also is close to Israel. “He has often been accused in the Arab press of being an agent for the Mossad,” Chemi Shalev writes in Haaretz, and once worked with Benjamin Netanyahu and Ron Lauder on negotiations with Syria.

According to a New York Times story ten days ago, Nader met Donald Trump Jr. during the 2016 campaign to discuss a scheme wherein Saudi Arabia and the UAE would help Trump to get elected– and destabilize Iran into the bargain. Also at that meeting was an Israeli social media consultant, Joel Zamel, who planned “a social media manipulation effort to help elect Mr. Trump,” using former Israeli intelligence officers. Nader gained the approval of the Trump team, the Times said, and after Trump won the election, he paid Zamel $2 million.

Then last week the AP produced a story of Nader-Broidy emails showing that the men were lobbying fiercely to get a US base moved out of Qatar.

Broidy and Nader sought to get an anti-Qatar bill through Congress while obscuring the source of the money behind their influence campaign.

Their campaign ended when federal agents confronted Nader in January; but the campaign included that conference on Qatar and the Muslim Brotherhood, sponsored by a rightwing pro-Israel thinktank, that led a Republican congressman to introduce legislation targeting Qatar.

The Foundation for the Defense of Democracies, a think tank that hosted the conference, said Broidy had approached it about organizing the event. Broidy bankrolled that conference and contributed to the financing of a second conference hosted on a similar theme in October by another [pro-Israel] think tank, the Hudson Institute.

Of course the investigative press is focusing on Nader and Broidy’s ties to the UAE and Saudi Arabia. But Israel played an important role in their lobbying on behalf of the Arab countries. I imagine that Nader sought Broidy out in the first place because of his Israel connections.

In one email, Broidy says that Trump’s visit to Saudi Arabia and praise of Saudi efforts to counter terrorism represented a “major turning point” in US-Saudi relations– in part because it gave the Saudis “real, positive attention among all Americans, including the hawkish pro-Israel types.”

Broidy also talked up House bill to sanction anyone funding Hamas, the Palestinian Islamist party, aimed at Qatar and Iran. The Jewish community would be on board, Broidy promised.

We have received official word from AIPAC that it will support this important bill.

Broidy more than once referenced AIPAC support in his emails and bragged of planting a couple of dozen op-eds, including one co-authored by Michael Makovsky, an Israel lobbyist at the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs.

Broidy openly describes Israel as his “spiritual home” and is co-founder of an Israeli investment firm, Markstone Capital Group, that has sought to foster Israeli businesses. In 2009, Broidy pleaded guilty to paying off NY state officials so as to obtain $250 million in NY state pension fund investments with Markstone. As part of that scheme, Broidy paid for $75,000 in trips to Israel by former NY State Controller Alan Hevesi — who went to jail for the corruption.

There, too, Zionism drove the transaction. Hevesi told the Daily News in 2006, that he flew first-class to Israel because he “ran a massive pension system second only to Warren Buffett in investing in Israel. ‘It was a great investment opportunity, plus I am a Zionist,’ he said.”

Today it is not evident what foreign connections the Mueller investigation is probing beyond the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia. At least Haaretz is honest about the many Israeli connections popping up in the probe, though Chemi Shalev writes that unlike Russia, when it comes to Israel, “there is no indication or allegation of direct government involvement or of Mueller’s interest.”

That’s a distinction without a difference. Adelson, Coleman and Broidy are all well aware of the Israeli government’s interest, and have pushed it relentlessly. Adelson is very close to Netanyahu. Trump has now acted on Adelson’s instance (and two other billionaires with present or past connection to the RJC) in his staggering decisions re Jerusalem and Iran, reversing American policy. How many of his decisions have served Russia?

As to whether Mueller is interested in Israel’s influence, maybe not. But Israel’s role in our politics ought to be a scandal. Recall that one of the most startling revelations of the Mueller investigation came last December when former national security adviser Mike Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his dealings with the Russians– and it turned out that Flynn was working on behalf of Israel during the transition from Obama to Trump in 2016 to try and kill the UN Security Council resolution against settlements that Obama was about to abstain on. Flynn wanted Russia’s help to kill the resolution. Russia refused. The resolution went through.

Israel’s interest was clearly driving Trump’s policy-making even before he became president. And it is obvious from the Republican Jewish Coalition’s central role in the Trump administration that friends of Israel are getting great access to foreign-policy-making today.

Notice that I’ve barely mentioned the role of two Israeli private intelligence outfits with ties to the government: Joel Zamel’s Psy-Group, adept at manipulating social media. And Black Cube, the “creepy” Israeli firm that was digging up dirt on Obama officials who helped bring about the Iran deal. Black Cube got to work just days after Trump visited Israel in May 2017. 

 

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  1. just
    May 29, 2018, 3:11 pm

    Thanks for this very detailed and informative report, Phil.

    It is stellar journalism and now much is revealed with many dots connected. You’ve done the hard work that the MSM has willfully, and disgracefully, refused to do.

    Are these people really and truly American citizens? Their agenda, allegiance, and action begs the question… their foreign policy is and has been disastrous for the US.

    I feel more than a bit queasy!

    • Misterioso
      May 30, 2018, 11:00 am

      @Just

      Well and truly stated. And Phil, a stellar report!!!

      “Are these people really and truly American citizens? Their agenda, allegiance, and action begs the question… their foreign policy is and has been disastrous for the US.”

      They are traitors, pure and simple. Like the entity known as “Israel,” the U.S. is rotting within.

      • inbound39
        June 3, 2018, 2:57 am

        It is quite apparent that these people providing the finance and pressure to benefit the State of Israel are meddling quite unimpeded in American Government business and Strategic Affairs. The cost to the American Citizenry is also clearly huge. Just one example is $38 billion dollars in weaponry largely used to persecute and ethnically cleanse Palestinians from Palestine. Another is America’s withdrawal from the Iran Deal which damages America’s ability to be trusted in keeping any deal it signs thus mimicking the State of Israel. All this adds up to a clear case of Subterfuge by Israeli Sympathiisers and meddling by Foreign entities. Americans need to insist the Government takes firm and decisive action against these people removing those from Government positions and Government contact as soon as possible and enact laws with teeth to prevent such situations arising or use the laws already in place.

    • Misterioso
      May 30, 2018, 11:52 am

      Some good news:

      Jewish Voice for Peace: May 29/18

      “It’s just been confirmed that Shakira will not be performing in Israel anytime soon!
      Media reports last week trumpeted a Tel Aviv concert as her first appearance in Israel. But after a massive global outcry, including by almost 15,000 JVP supporters, her concert promoter tweeted that no concert was on the cards.

      “THIS. IS. HUGE.
      Shakira is sending a super-star powered message: she’s choosing freedom, for Palestinians and all people, over apartheid and occupation.

      “This isn’t just celebrity gossip, it’s a real lever of power. When celebrities stay away, the Israeli public feels the pinch, and puts their politicians under pressure to fix it!

      “It couldn’t come at a more important time. Last night (in the US), the IDF bombed Gaza at least 30 times. 25 projectiles were fired back into Israel. And this morning the IDF intercepted a boat carrying medical supplies trying to break the naval blockade.

      “But in spite of those signs of war, nonviolent protests continued last Friday at the fence that walls Gaza off from the world. And we have to re-dedicate ourselves to our own nonviolent movement for justice alongside them.

      “The exact sequence of how the concert was called off is not clear, with her promoter tweeting: ‘the media has incorrectly reported that Shakira will be performing in Tel Aviv this summer.’ But one thing IS clear: Shakira never has, nor has plans to, perform in Israel. That’s no coincidence for a global superstar who champions the rights of children.

      “One day, hopefully soon, Shakira will perform in a free and equal Tel Aviv. I truly believe that. And the next specific step to get there is to make sure as many people hear about this fantastic news as possible — and that Shakira and her team get the backup they need in the face of certain backlash.”

      • catalan
        May 30, 2018, 3:43 pm

        “THIS. IS. HUGE.
        Shakira is sending a super-star powered message:” misterioso
        I agree that the cancellation will do incalculable damage to the Zionist cause. Shakira singlehandedly has delivered a giant blow to the Zionists. A few more of those cancellations will undoubtedly lead to two secular states based on the partition borders and full ROR. Thank you Shakira!

      • Annie Robbins
        May 30, 2018, 3:58 pm

        catalan, i’m curious what you think of this new ministry and their 35 million to fight against bds? doesn’t that seem excessive for something you continually treat with such distain and triviality? is there something you know that they don’t? and that doesn’t count for the millions adelson&co seem determined to throw money at. what gives catalan? why the snark and flippancy towards something everyone but you seems to think is a kinda big deal? incitement catalan, your speciality. https://forward.com/news/401876/israeli-ministrys-repeated-efforts-to-fund-american-jewish-groups-rejected/

      • Mooser
        May 30, 2018, 4:14 pm

        Notice, “Annie”, the American orgs won’t take the money.

        Israel, trying to pay Americans to do Zionism? We used to be able to do that on our own.
        Zionist orgs, concerned about FARA? What is going on?

      • catalan
        May 30, 2018, 4:20 pm

        “incitement catalan, your speciality”
        Annie,
        I am curious, who am I inciting, and what am I inciting them to do? Do people (Zionists?) actually do something based on my comments? Since I mostly can’t incite myself to even clean my desk.

      • just
        May 30, 2018, 8:51 pm

        “Four Guests Nix Participation in Tel Aviv’s LGBT Film Festival, BDS Website Claims

        The BDS website says one of the guests who cancelled is Brazilian transgender singer Linn da Quebrada, the star of the award-winning documentary film ‘Tranny Fag’ …”

        https://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/bds-site-says-4-guests-drop-out-of-tel-aviv-s-lgbt-film-festival-1.6134715?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

      • Annie Robbins
        May 30, 2018, 10:48 pm

        sounds like more than 4

        In addition, the website says the Brazilian directors Claudia Priscilla and Kiko Goifman who were behind the film also cancelled their appearances at the festival. The website also claims other artists from France, Brazil and Pakistan have cancelled their trips to Israel for the festival.

        The Pakistani Aks International Minorities Festival, has also decided to withdraw the participation of its representatives at a panel with TLVFest directors and its short film program, said the website. Brazilian director Calí dos Anjos and producer Bia Medeiros also announced the withdrawal of their short animation “Tailor” from TLVFest, claimed the website.

        Da Quebrada wrote in a post on her Facebook page that she made the decision after speaking with many people from all over: “We decided to adhere to the boycott in disagreement with the Israeli government plan and its occupation in the region.”

        “Even knowing that also in Israel there are people who suffer from oppression over their bodies and desires, I decided to cancel my participation, joining the cultural boycott that has happened in the last few months around the world, as a form of protest against Israel and its genocidal policies over Palestinians,” she wrote according to the BDS website.

        considering how much israel has invested in their pink washing scam trying to promote tel aviv as this gay glam haven, i’d imagine this is a blow. i wonder how many artists will be turned off to participating in eurovision next year, given its location.

      • catalan
        May 30, 2018, 9:49 pm

        “one of the guests who cancelled is Brazilian transgender singer Linn da Quebrada, the star of the award-winning documentary film ‘Tranny Fag’ …”
        This is another devastating blow to Zionism. First Shakira, whose voice, music and hips I worship and now Linn. In spite of $30 million spent to fight BDS, Israelis are faced with a stark choice – miss seeing Shakira’s short skirt in Tel Aviv or accept the refugees. They could also travel to Athens or Sofia but that’s another huge expense. Zionism is bankrupt.

      • Maghlawatan
        May 30, 2018, 10:57 pm

        Catalan

        Yossi Israeli and his on message wife Smochita don’t like that people decide not to perform in Israel. He thinks there is something Bibi isn’t telling him.
        He speaks Hebrew and he has internalised all the memes and he supports Beitar . He spoke to thé commanding officer in his IDF Brigade but the guy told him not to worry, that Moshiach would sort it out. What if the IDF ran out of ammunition like in 2014 and Shakira organised BDS of the resupply. The officer told him to think about Bar Refaeli instead.

      • just
        May 31, 2018, 12:16 am

        “considering how much israel has invested in their pink washing scam trying to promote tel aviv as this gay glam haven, i’d imagine this is a blow.”

        Annie, I think this one is going to leave a mark… a big one. Such happy news. I didn’t want to rile up too many folks here who ridicule BDS by citing the rest of the article. LOL.

        Quite frankly, I was surprised that Shakira considered playing Israel in the first place given her Lebanese heritage and the fact that she is a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and one of their global representatives. but I am glad that she has nixed it altogether.

        ( In March 2010, she was awarded a medal by the UN International Labour Organization in recognition of being, as UN Labour Chief Juan Somavia put it, a “true ambassador for children and young people, for quality education and social justice”.[162] In November 2010, after performing as the opening act of the MTV European Music Awards, the Colombian singer also received the MTV Free Your Mind award for her continuing dedication to improve access to education for all children around the world.[163])

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shakira

  2. JLewisDickerson
    May 29, 2018, 5:30 pm

    RE: The MinnPost reports that Coleman once said that Trump was unqualified to be president, but he swallowed that belief, because Israel is central to his political mission. He told MinnPost that Trump is perhaps “the most pro-Israel president we’ve ever had.” . . . And though Coleman and the RJC faulted Trump after his Charlottesville comments of last summer, nobody’s perfect, Coleman told the MinnPost. ~ Weiss

    MY COMMENT: The Dark Charisma of Donald Trump!

    THE PARALLELS (EXCEPT, SO FAR, FOR AN ECONOMIC DEBACLE SIMILAR TO THE GREAT DEPRESSION) WILL TRULY MAKE YOUR SKIN CRAWL:
    “The Dark Charisma of Adolf Hitler: Leading Millions into the Abyss”
    1h | Documentary, Biography, History | TV Mini-Series (2012– )
    No one else so changed the state of the world and left behind such a wake of ruins as Adolf Hitler. Yet crucially, the way in which Hitler led the Nazi party has not received the attention that it deserves – how and why so many people followed Hitler, ultimately to the destruction of their own country.
    ● IMdB (7.4/10) – https://www.imdb.com/title/tt2522324/
    Netflix streaming (3 episodes)https://www.netflix.com/title/80212698

    • JLewisDickerson
      May 29, 2018, 6:08 pm

      P.S.
      Hitler literally promised to “make Germany great again”!
      He seldom gave specifics, but instead spoke in terms of vague generalities (repeated over, and over, and over, again).
      Treaty of Versailles = the worst deal ever for Germany
      Trump has called the JCPOA (Iran Deal) the “worst deal ever negotiated”.
      Ditto for any number of past trade agreements between the U.S. and other countries (except, I assume, for the notorious give away to Israel back in 1985).

      The US-Israel Free Trade Area: AIPAC, Espionage and Analysis

      • JLewisDickerson
        May 29, 2018, 7:34 pm

        RE: “give away” – me (above)
        SHOULD HAVE BEEN: giveaway

      • JLewisDickerson
        May 29, 2018, 9:59 pm

        Trump Says ‘Our Ancestors Tamed A Continent’ & ‘We Are Not Gonna Apologize For America’

        ALSO SEE:
        “Trump Says Settlers ‘Tamed a Continent.’ That’s Not How the Indigenous People See It.”
        LINK – https://www.truthdig.com/articles/trump-says-settlers-tamed-a-continent-now-for-indigenous-peoples-side/

      • Maghlawatan
        May 29, 2018, 11:51 pm

        The Protocols are back. With GOP regime change losers like Bolton. The GOP needs economic growth so the 1% can earn even more money. War is a racket.
        And Jews are supposed to stick together. If the RJC want to blow up Iran everyone must support it, right? Someone used to ask “Is this good for the Jews?”. The RJC is not. There is too much downside risk.

        We are living in an insane time.

        My best guess is that
        1 It will fail
        2 They will need a scapegoat
        3 Bannon could be brought in from the wilderness

    • JLewisDickerson
      May 29, 2018, 6:21 pm

      P.P.S.

      ■ The Dark Charisma Of Adolf Hitler – S01 – E01 — https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x52ogmo

      ■ The Dark Charisma Of Adolf Hitler – S01 – E02 — https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x52ogli

      ■ The Dark Charisma Of Adolf Hitler – S01 – E03 — https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x52r7kq

      • Marnie
        May 30, 2018, 7:05 am

        donald trump, a 1950’s kinda guy for 2018. What could possibly go wrong? I hate his guts.

  3. JLewisDickerson
    May 29, 2018, 7:16 pm

    RE: “Notice that I’ve barely mentioned the role of two Israeli private intelligence outfits with ties to the government: Joel Zamel’s Psy-Group, adept at manipulating social media. And Black Cube, the ‘creepy’ Israeli firm that was digging up dirt on Obama officials who helped bring about the Iran deal. Black Cube got to work just days after Trump visited Israel in May 2017. “
    AND RE: Also at that meeting was an Israeli social media consultant, Joel Zamel, who planned “a social media manipulation effort to help elect Mr. Trump,” using former Israeli intelligence officers. Nader gained the approval of the Trump team, the Times said, and after Trump won the election, he paid Zamel $2 million.

    PROBABLY A SAFE ASSUMPTION: The $2 million Nader gave to Zamel must have actually been “paid” by the United Arab Emirates (UAE)!

    REMAINING QUESTION: Who “paid” Black Cube, the ‘creepy’ Israeli firm that was digging up dirt on Obama officials who helped bring about the Iran deal (assuming Black Cube’s “digging” was not done pro bono), The National Enquirer?
    “Enquiring mimes want to know!”

    P.S. Apparently Joel Zamel’s Psy-Group has been rebranded as “WhiteKnight” and is now operating out of the Caribbean. – https://www.myajc.com/news/mueller-targeted-flows-money-israeli-social-media-company/qDWj2uUhukQ6wYctBZnYYM/

  4. Citizen
    May 29, 2018, 10:57 pm

    Great journalism, Phil! Israel share has America by the balls…it’s very depressing, frustrating.

  5. Maghlawatan
    May 30, 2018, 12:12 am

    “It was the Democratic Party political machine that played a major role in controlling New York City and New York State politics and helping immigrants, most notably the Irish, rise up in American politics from the 1790s to the 1960s. It typically controlled Democratic Party nominations and political patronage in Manhattan from the mayoral victory of Fernando Wood in 1854 and used its patronage resources to build a loyal, well-rewarded core of district and precinct leaders; after 1850 the great majority were Irish Catholics.”

    La Guardia was elected on an anti Tammany ticket and the organisation was doomed.

    DC today is wall to wall corruption. The Tammany Hall death scene comes in the next act after the economy crashes and the politics change. Politics based on what the people need don’t have time for elite corruption.

    History repeats itself. It’s hard to imagine today but there will be someone elected on an anti Zionist ticket to deliver the coup De grace too.

    “You stretch for the stars and you know how it feels
    To reach too far, too soon”

  6. Marnie
    May 31, 2018, 1:20 am

    Shakira has no plan to play concert in Israel, tweets promotor

    LOS ANGELES: Rejecting the romours regarding Shakira’s concert in Tel Aviv, her tour promoter says that superstar pop singer was never scheduled to perform in Israel.

    Supporters, who want her not to play concert in Israel in face of worldwide outcry, celebrated the announcement that Shakira will not perform in Israel this summer.

    Rejecting the reports regarding her performance in Israel, the tour promoters of the Colombian-born singer, 41, on Monday announced, via Twitter, that the report was incorrect and there were currently no plans for the singer to perform in Israel.

    Earlier this month some media outlets reported that the pop superstar Shakira would perform in Tel Aviv on July 9.

    Meanwhile, it was also being reported that the multiple Grammy award winner, who has penned hits such as “Hips Don’t Lie” and “Waka Waka” postponed her concert due to the situation on the Gaza border.

    Shakira had announced earlier this month that she would perform in Lebanon on July 13 at the Cedar International Festival as part of her El Dorado World Tour. Held in the mountain town of Bsharri, the festival will attract some 14,000 attendees, according to the festival website.

    Supporters of the BDS boycott of Israel took to social media to celebrate the news Shakira would not perform in Israel.

    “We welcome news that Shakira will not be performing in Tel Aviv, dashing Israel’s hopes to use her name to art-wash its latest massacre in Gaza,” the group posted. “Artists, especially UN Goodwill Ambassadors, have a moral duty not to be complicit in covering up human rights violations & apartheid.”

    Shakira’s promoters said there was NEVER a plan for her to perform in Tel Aviv. It also doesn’t sound from this article, at least to me, that Shakira was pressured by BDS to cancel a performance in izrahell because it wasn’t on her tour date from jump street. She sounds like a very intelligent woman. If little ben or bat izrahell want to see Shakira perform, they can watch her on youtube. izrahell does not deserve to be entertained by anyone outside the borderless state. I wonder though, does hasbara central put out lies claiming this or that entertainer is planning to play izrahell in order to force them to choose and then claim if they don’t, they’re antisemitic?

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