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Update: Note that the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel has rejected Eric Burdon’s manager’s claims. See a portion of its statement, below.

At 72, Eric Burdon, former lead singer of the Animals, has canceled an August 1 Israel gig, Haaretz says, citing threats by supporters of BDS. I sure hope that his spokesperson is exaggerating, that these were not violent threats. But artists’ activities have been successfully politicized, and Burdon is obviously feeling the heat. Haaretz:

Former lead singer of The Animals Eric Burdon on Tuesday announced he is cancelling his planned concert in Israel, citing threats. According to his personal manager Marianna Burdon, he was pressured not to perform in Israel and ultimately chose to cancel the concert, which was to take place August 1.

“We are under increasing pressure, including many threatening emails that we are receiving on a daily basis. I wouldn’t want to put Eric in any danger” his manager wrote in a letter to Israeli members of Tislam, the band Burdon was scheduled to perform with

Burdon told two of the band members who he met with in Vienna last week that he was subject to threats not to perform…

From the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott:

Although we and our allies urge artists not to cross the international picket line by performing in Israel, and although we make sustained efforts to educate performers about the reason for boycott, we have not and never will issue any threats against anyone who does not heed the boycott call.   Recent claims of threats from ex-Animals singer Eric Burdon in an article published by Ha’aretz are vague and unsubstantiated. We do not know if they are made up by media hostile to the BDS strategy, or by artists and/or their agents, or if they are inflated reports of remarks made by individuals who do not represent the movement. USACBI advances the BDS movement not through threats, but rather by exposing Israel’s wrongs, and promoting non-violent ways to redress them, and achieve the rights of the Palestinian people.

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  1. Cliff
    Cliff
    July 24, 2013, 8:51 am

    Why wasn’t Alicia Keys ‘threatened’?

    This reeks of Reut Institute/SWU/NGO Monitor/etc. sock-puppetry.

    How easy would it be to email these artists with threatening messages?

    The agent should say WHO did the threatening right away. Otherwise, it’s Zionist bullshit.

  2. yrn
    yrn
    July 24, 2013, 8:51 am

    This is a big victory to the BDS bullies and the Palestinians.
    This is all over the net now, it’s about time people will know the real way the BDS works.

    • annie
      annie
      July 24, 2013, 11:29 am

      it’s about time people will know the real way the BDS works.

      yeah, like it takes a rocket scientist to figure out it might be a lie. most ‘people’ are going to smell this for what it is, and you are a perfect example. it creates an opportunity to smear the bds movement. but most people will see that and think it is bogus.

      • Reds
        Reds
        July 24, 2013, 12:07 pm

        Does NPR now have a chance to report on BDS of Israel? Sure their guess with be someone from WINEP/Saban (acting as an expert on the BDS)maybe to counter with the ADL and maybe one of NPR “Fine” reporter to cite other cases provided to him/her by CAMERA or another Pro-Israeli group.

        To be fair Robert Siegal can be the host. Is Dennis Ross or Martin I. around?

    • Cliff
      Cliff
      July 24, 2013, 12:30 pm

      You are an idiot. This is not even connected to BDS.

    • Shingo
      Shingo
      July 24, 2013, 1:37 pm

      Yeah another false flag no doubt, from some right wing settler nut posing as a BDS advocate.

      If anything, this goes to show the desperation of Israeli apologists. It’s so typical. On at least 3 occasions, I have has people high jacking a blog by posing as me as speeding anti Semitic crap to discredit me,

      People will see this a mile away.

    • just
      just
      July 24, 2013, 10:01 pm

      It’s NOT all over the net, unless you count Arutz Sheva, The Times of Israel, Al-Bawaba, The Independent, Jerusalem Post, UPI.com, Hollywood.com., and Haaretz.

      just google Eric Burdon/News. I’m sure that the hasbarists are working at their keyboards furiously, though.

      I did appreciate this:

      “Eric Burdon performs in Edinburgh tonight in the only UK leg of a tour that was to have included a gig in Tel Aviv, Israel, on August 1st. Palestine solidarity activists welcome yesterday’s announcement that he has pulled out of the Tel Aviv engagement “under increasing pressure” to cancel, according to his Manager.

      According to Israeli daily, Haaretz, “he was pressured not to perform in Israel and ultimately chose to cancel the concert, which was to take place August 1. “We are under increasing pressure, including many threatening emails that we are receiving on a daily basis.”

      Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign was among those who wrote, and invited others to write, to Eric Burdon asking him to remain true to his long-term hostility to racism and Jim Crow in the US South.

      SPSC notes the extreme vagueness of alleged “threats” made to Burdon and is unaware that any were actually made during weeks of very public, legitimate political and moral pressure that was brought to bear in support of the Palestinian call for boycott of Israel. There is currently a wave of Israeli state-enforced ethnic cleansing of Palestinians,

      We welcome Eric Burdon’s decision to follow in the tracks of Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello, Carlos Santana, Gil Scott-Heron, Annie Lennox, the Pixies, Massive Attack and many others in refusing to perform in apartheid Israel. This is another small crack in the wall that imprisons the Palestinian people.

      He will now be unreservedly welcome in Edinburgh tonight.”

      http://www.albawaba.com/entertainment/eric-un-burdons-palestinians-canceling-tel-aviv-gig-509083

  3. FreddyV
    FreddyV
    July 24, 2013, 8:54 am

    This is very strange. I wouldn’t peg Burden as one to walk away, but I haven’t heard of any threats from BDS supporters before.

    Maybe he’s cancelling and using the threat thing as a means to save face with everyone.

  4. OlegR
    OlegR
    July 24, 2013, 9:39 am

    Surprise surprise…

    • annie
      annie
      July 27, 2013, 12:06 pm

      Surprise surprise… this is how hasbara smear merchants spread lies.

  5. seanmcbride
    seanmcbride
    July 24, 2013, 10:05 am

    What do you want to bet that many or even most of these threats supposedly coming from pro-BDS sources are false flag ops, designed to discredit and demonize the BDS movement and to associate it with “the terrorists”? Standard operating procedure.

    Track the threats back to the source and see who’s there. If the threats can’t be tracked back to the source, they are almost certainly part of a false flag campaign.

    • seanmcbride
      seanmcbride
      July 24, 2013, 10:24 am

      Google [Paul McCartney BDS]:

      http://www.google.com/#q=paul+mccartney+bds

      Were the sources of these threats ever carefully pinned down and verified? Or are they as shadowy as, say, the 9/11 anthrax attacks and the notes that accompanied them?

      The propaganda benefits for Israel provided by this theme are enormous — and require very little effort or risk to achieve.

    • Reds
      Reds
      July 24, 2013, 12:15 pm

      Wanna bet just so happens CNN,ABC,FOX,MSNBC and the others (if they can paint the BDS is in the most disgusting light) cover this? Bringing on so-called experts(BDS folks wouldn’t be called on the show unless they can find a useful idiot)

      • ritzl
        ritzl
        July 24, 2013, 7:31 pm

        @Reds “There’s no such thing as bad publicity.” This is a perfect example of that truism.

        If ANY network covers this, the question, “What and Why is BDS?” is raised to many millions who may not have hear of the what and why before.

      • Daniel Rich
        Daniel Rich
        July 25, 2013, 12:34 am

        @ ritzl,

        Q: If ANY network covers this, the question, “What and Why is BDS?” is raised to many millions who may not have hear of the what and why before.

        R: Unfortunately most of those millions will be too busy watching ‘The Real Trashcans in My Jersey” and assume ‘BDS is an abbreviation of something that is related to ‘kinky’ sex and not Israel.

    • hophmi
      hophmi
      July 26, 2013, 1:05 pm

      “Track the threats back to the source and see who’s there. If the threats can’t be tracked back to the source, they are almost certainly part of a false flag campaign.”

      Right. Because BDS proponents can’t be anything but angels. They’re all perfect and nonviolent, like the Palestinians themselves. No one who supports BDS has ever sent a threatening email or tweet or written a threatening facebook post.

      • Xpat
        Xpat
        July 27, 2013, 12:39 am

        Strawman alert. Hophmi goes splat mocking an argument he himself invented.
        Sean’s argument stands nicely on its own. If you are going to (partially) reference him, why won’t you deal with his post rather than your own invention.

      • hophmi
        hophmi
        July 27, 2013, 1:26 am

        What is there to deal with? It’s a conspiracy theory based on paranoia and no facts.

      • Cliff
        Cliff
        July 27, 2013, 11:01 am

        hoppie said:

        What is there to deal with? It’s a conspiracy theory based on paranoia and no facts.

        Exactly, there is no evidence that this came from a BDS group. So far this slander from Zionist fanatics is similar to when Paul McCartney was sent emails from one guy who had nothing to do with BDS. Pro-Israel commentators on-line did the same concern-trolling then as well.

        It’s good that you admit you’re a troll and have no evidence whatsoever to back up the assertion that a BDS group sent the emails to Burdon.

      • Cliff
        Cliff
        July 27, 2013, 5:49 am

        hoppie said:

        Right. Because[…]blah blah.

        It’s really simple, troll.

        CITE the evidence that a BDS group is behind these threats.

        The end.

  6. amigo
    amigo
    July 24, 2013, 10:20 am

    Eric Burdon cancels gig in the house of the fading sun.

    Expect more of this on an ever increasing level.

    As to the so called threats, they are more likely to have come from the Zionist side in an effort to discredit the Pro Palestinian side.We have seen those tactics before.

    • seanmcbride
      seanmcbride
      July 24, 2013, 11:53 am

      amigo,

      We have seen those tactics before.

      Google [Israel false flag]

      http://www.google.com/#q=israel+false+flag

      Try scanning and browsing the top few hundred hits from the nearly 4 million hits.

      • amigo
        amigo
        July 25, 2013, 7:46 am

        “Try scanning and browsing the top few hundred hits from the nearly 4 million hits” Smcb

        Thanks for the link.

        They can,t all be wrong.

  7. Mike_Konrad
    Mike_Konrad
    July 24, 2013, 10:31 am

    Yet, Alicia Keyes went.

    Either he is backing out or the BDS movement is more intense in England.

    • Cliff
      Cliff
      July 24, 2013, 12:32 pm

      Who is the BDS movement and who sent him the threatening emails?

      You must have some insider knowledge since you’re slandering the BDS movement.

  8. Balfour
    Balfour
    July 24, 2013, 11:08 am

    Threatening emails? If so, I’m sure the NSA is already on it…

  9. NickJOCW
    NickJOCW
    July 24, 2013, 11:10 am

    It would be interesting to know the nature of these ‘threats’. Might they simply have been indications of likely commercial consequences?

  10. Justpassingby
    Justpassingby
    July 24, 2013, 11:57 am

    How do we know that the quotation by his alleged manager is correct?
    They could have been edited along the way.

  11. piotr
    piotr
    July 24, 2013, 11:57 am

    [ this is a joke, for Christ sake! NSA, mercy! ]
    Piotr personally wrote one of the threatening letters, so you can see a sample:

    Dear Animals,

    it is with utmost sadness that I read the news that you have decided to perform in a country engaged in systematic policy of dispossessing, subjugating and oppressing people on the account of their religion, a country that is building and perpetuating an Apartheid system. This will not do. Right now I am your devoted fan, I have five of your posters, 3 CD and more than a 100 of your recordings that I manage to get for free from pirate sites.

    If you do not cease and desist, I will direct my wrath upon your miserable entities! I will stab your eyes and hearts on all my posters, I will crash the CDs and flush down the toilet, I will erase your files from my hard-drive and the backup drive, and I will heckle the ticket lines would you decide to come to my home town.
    [/ this is a joke, for Christ sake! NSA, mercy! ]
    A poster: http://www.discoramaoverstock.com/images/products/detail/EricBurdontheAnimals.jpg

  12. Michael Levin
    Michael Levin
    July 24, 2013, 12:21 pm

    From USACBI’s website:
    “USACBI Responds to Unsubstantiated Claims of Threats
    The Organizing Collective of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel celebrates the increasing number of international artists who are cancelling performances in Israel. Accompanying this success are allegations that artists receive threats that lead them to cancel their performances. To counter these charges, USACBI wants to be clear about the work we do, and how we do it.

    USACBI (& our many partners – including PACBI, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, Adalah – NY, Boycott From Within, InCACBI, et al.) contacts artists scheduled to perform in Israel. We actively appeal to these artists and inform them about the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel. We make sure these artists know that boycotts and divestment initiatives are non-violent strategies of global solidarity, and that the BDS movement will be maintained until Israel complies with international law and ends its illegal occupation; dismantles the Wall; recognizes the fundamental rights of Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and respects the Palestinian Right of Return as stipulated by UN Resolution 194.

    The many artists who have heeded the Palestinian call for a cultural boycott of Israel include Elvis Costello, Roger Waters, Alice Walker, and Mira Nair. Most have issued statements explaining their decision as an act of solidarity with the oppressed Palestinian people.

    Although we and our allies urge artists not to cross the international picket line by performing in Israel, and although we make sustained efforts to educate performers about the reason for boycott, we have not and never will issue any threats against anyone who does not heed the boycott call. Recent claims of threats from ex-Animals singer Eric Burdon in an article published by Ha’aretz are vague and unsubstantiated. We do not know if they are made up by media hostile to the BDS strategy, or by artists and/or their agents, or if they are inflated reports of remarks made by individuals who do not represent the movement. USACBI advances the BDS movement not through threats, but rather by exposing Israel’s wrongs, and promoting non-violent ways to redress them, and achieve the rights of the Palestinian people.

    If you are an academic or cultural worker, and wish to endorse the Palestinian call for academic and cultural boycott, please email us at [email protected]

    http://www.usacbi.org/2013/07/usacbi-responds-to-unsubstantiated-claims-of-threats/

  13. Citizen
    Citizen
    July 24, 2013, 12:35 pm

    Nobody seems to know the nature of the threats allegedly made by email, nor who they came from. The Animals were part of the British Invasion led by the Beatles, but I only liked two of their songs, the one Phil refers to in his article banner, and The House Of The Rising Sun;–which Joan Baez did much better; their act certainly never thrilled me back in the day like the Beatles initially did, or the Rolling Stones, later. Last month Barbra Streisand performed at President Shimon Peres’s 90th birthday celebrations and PSY, the YouTube phenomenon who gave the world ‘Gangnam Style,’ is rumoured to be preparing for two performances in the Jewish state. We all know Alicia Keyes had no problem ignoring BDS and a lot of top civil rights leaders, when she played in Israel. Something stinks about these allege email threats The (latest rendition) Animals’ mouth received.

  14. Citizen
    Citizen
    July 24, 2013, 12:50 pm

    Here’s PSY’s Gangnam Style: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bZkp7q19f0
    U should also know that Beiber & the main guy here allegedly got in a fight recently and Bieber got beat. (LOL). Try not feel the beat, heat, thin as it is; the video reminds me of an extended version of many US consumer ads on TV. People today apparently think this is music. What I think is obvious is just how canned this music (and choreography) is–frightening it held such sway with the young masses. But, hey, it’s pop culture. Some folks still think the Animals belong in the music history books as more than a tiny footnote….

  15. Taxi
    Taxi
    July 24, 2013, 1:17 pm

    Obviously, that “shitty little country” ain’t worth a “shitty little” headache any time of the day and for any reason.

    Thanks Eric Burdon. You’re so talented and smart. It really ain’t worth going to israel, just give your buddy Roger Waters a call and he’ll explain.

    Thank you – big time!

    • Walid
      Walid
      July 24, 2013, 4:11 pm

      Taxi, don’t be so quick to thank Burdon; the whole story has a fishy smell to it and Burdon’s story was not meant to do BDS any good. I’d be curious what the ticket sales were like to have cancelled the concert a couple of weeks before its scheduled date.

      • Taxi
        Taxi
        July 26, 2013, 1:52 pm

        Walid,

        I’m happy to thank everyone and anyone who boycotts Apartheid israel for whatever reason.

  16. yrn
    yrn
    July 24, 2013, 1:22 pm

    It’s all over the net :
    “Burdon Bows To BDS Bullies”

    After the reunion tour, a new version of the Eric Burdon Band was formed and they toured Europe and nearby areas. Their visit to Israel fascinated Burdon so much that he went back alone in 1985 to tour the Negev Desert by Jeep.

    • Cliff
      Cliff
      July 24, 2013, 4:18 pm

      If it’s ‘all over the net’ then tell us who sent those emails to Burdon, yrn.

      Cough it up.

    • Xpat
      Xpat
      July 24, 2013, 10:11 pm

      Yrn,
      “Their visit to Israel fascinated Burdon so much that he went back alone in 1985”
      …that trip mst have bombed because he has not been back to visit since, per the Haaretz article.

      May I make my own contributions to speculative, alliterative generalization:
      Abbas Abjures Abdication
      Israelis Isolate Indigenous Individuals
      Jews Jettison Jesus and Justice
      Obama Obeys Obeid
      and,
      Zionists Zap Zillions of Zany Zebras

      • Taxi
        Taxi
        July 24, 2013, 11:01 pm

        LOL! Cool turn-of-phrase, Elliot.

  17. Fredman
    Fredman
    July 24, 2013, 2:11 pm

    Call me cynical, but this strikes me as a publicity stunt and a way for Mr. Burdon to get gigs elsewhere from club owners and music moguls that might be down with the Zionist project.

    My first post here at MW. Hi everyone.

    • Citizen
      Citizen
      July 24, 2013, 6:06 pm

      @ Fredman
      Welcome! Yours is a plausible theory at this juncture.

    • American
      American
      July 24, 2013, 10:28 pm

      Fredman says:
      July 24, 2013 at 2:11 pm
      Call me cynical, but this strikes me as a publicity stunt and a way for Mr. Burdon to get gigs elsewhere from club owners and music moguls that might be down with the Zionist project.>>>>

      Hey Fredman…….and I bet you might be right.

    • Taxi
      Taxi
      July 24, 2013, 10:56 pm

      Hi back, Fredman, and velllllcome to the down and dirty frontline!

      The only thing noteworthy about this story is that you get a brief beginning, no middle, followed by a quick finale shocker-smear. This story has no plot, no dialogue, no action, no intrigue, no guns, no drugs, no score, no blood or hospital drama, no car chase, no screen fight or screen kiss, and weirdly, no characters apart from poor old Eric, appearing as a cardboard cutout on screen. So the story would read:
      CHAPTER ONE
      The sun was shinning and famous Eric was on his way to israel.
      CHAPTER TWO
      Eric is not going to israel anymore cuz a mysterious someone was threatening him.
      THE END

      Minimalist propaganda versus baroque propaganda?

      • annie
        annie
        July 26, 2013, 11:56 am

        lol! you are the best Taxi!

    • wondering jew
      wondering jew
      July 25, 2013, 8:37 am

      hello Fredman,
      not such a common name. are we cousins?

  18. Steve Macklevore
    Steve Macklevore
    July 24, 2013, 2:18 pm

    No serious BDS activist would be foolish enough to issue a physical threat.

    Allegations of physical threats must be challenged; the whole threat story reeks of false flags and hasbara.

  19. ofern
    ofern
    July 24, 2013, 3:25 pm

    USACBI Responds to Unsubstantiated Claims of Threats

    The Organizing Collective of the US Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel celebrates the increasing number of international artists who are cancelling performances in Israel. Accompanying this success are allegations that artists receive threats that lead them to cancel their performances. To counter these charges, USACBI wants to be clear about the work we do, and how we do it.

    USACBI (& our many partners – including PACBI, US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation, Adalah – NY, Boycott From Within, InCACBI, et al.) contacts artists scheduled to perform in Israel. We actively appeal to these artists and inform them about the Palestinian call for Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel. We make sure these artists know that boycotts and divestment initiatives are non-violent strategies of global solidarity, and that the BDS movement will be maintained until Israel complies with international law and ends its illegal occupation; dismantles the Wall; recognizes the fundamental rights of Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and respects the Palestinian Right of Return as stipulated by UN Resolution 194.

    The many artists who have heeded the Palestinian call for a cultural boycott of Israel include Elvis Costello, Roger Waters, Alice Walker, and Mira Nair. Most have issued statements explaining their decision as an act of solidarity with the oppressed Palestinian people.

    Although we and our allies urge artists not to cross the international picket line by performing in Israel, and although we make sustained efforts to educate performers about the reason for boycott, we have not and never will issue any threats against anyone who does not heed the boycott call. Recent claims of threats from ex-Animals singer Eric Burdon in an article published by Ha’aretz are vague and unsubstantiated. We do not know if they are made up by media hostile to the BDS strategy, or by artists and/or their agents, or if they are inflated reports of remarks made by individuals who do not represent the movement. USACBI advances the BDS movement not through threats, but rather by exposing Israel’s wrongs, and promoting non-violent ways to redress them, and achieve the rights of the Palestinian people.

    If you are an academic or cultural worker, and wish to endorse the Palestinian call for academic and cultural boycott, please email us at [email protected]

    http://www.usacbi.org/2013/07/usacbi-responds-to-unsubstantiated-claims-of-threats/

  20. wondering jew
    wondering jew
    July 24, 2013, 4:55 pm

    Is this a wise headline, when Burdon’s personal manager, someone with the last name Burdon, claims that threats led to the cancellation.? If Burdon had declared his endorsement of the BDS campaign then the headline would have been appropriate. But Burdon in fact declared that his only reason for withdrawal was pressure and not his own feelings. So use his lyrics, which express his true feelings to denote something that he says was forced upon him, isn’t that stupid?

    • annie
      annie
      July 24, 2013, 11:27 pm

      But Burdon in fact declared that his only reason for withdrawal was pressure and not his own feelings. So use his lyrics, which express his true feelings to denote something that he says was forced upon him, isn’t that stupid?

      the fact that burdon declared that his only reason for withdrawal was pressure and not his own feelings, doesn’t make it true nor does your claim he was “forced” into not going to israel.therefore, no it’s not ‘stupid’. if he’s going to make crazy unsubstantiated claims with no supporting evidence he should expect to have his own words used against him.

    • just
      just
      July 25, 2013, 6:57 am

      His manager is his wife, iirc.

  21. Citizen
    Citizen
    July 24, 2013, 6:14 pm

    If Burdon and/or his management people don’t publish the threats or complain to the police, I will conclude the alleged threats are bogus. That moves us to why? Commenters here have already suggested some plausible reasons.

  22. just
    just
    July 24, 2013, 8:29 pm

    Eric Burdon & his manager are awfully naive if they really think that the BDS movement did anything nefarious. The movement is peaceful and expressly & openly non-violent. It was the nutsy minions of Zionism who done it– perfect for them! They fight dirty and have often gotten away with it.

    Perhaps he could play as the opening act to Mohammed Assaf….. in Occupied Palestine.

    No matter what, he’s doing the “right thing” by boycotting Israel. Israel keeps dropping their pants and exposing themselves anyway. More desperation in the air– the truth will out.

  23. Mayhem
    Mayhem
    July 24, 2013, 8:42 pm

    Many of the supporters of the BDS movement come from the ranks of the radical socialist left which often employs tactics aiming to create a climate of fear and intimidation for those who might oppose their agenda. When Geert Wilders came to Australia earlier this year wherever the organisers of his speaking tour turned they found venue providers quitting on their contractual arrangements to host Wilders at their premises.
    Concern about threats and intimidation frightened people to steer away from any potential danger or harassment; they succumbed to a subtle form of extortion. It doesn’t take much to scare off people who just don’t want to get embroiled in a conflict. Of course the BDSers won’t admit to what they do if that will damage their credibility, but as the stakes are high I don’t believe the BDSers have such high standards of morality and fair play.

    Take the story of Bon Jovi as another example:
    In 2010 Bon Jovi indicated the band was going to be performing in Israel as part of their 2011 world tour, an announcement which garnered the attention of BDSers, who had urged him to cancel. Here is a short excerpt that shows his specific desire to perform in Israel – see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vE36xQmC5sI. Later, for reasons which were never made clear (intimidation, harassment, bullying?), the tentatively scheduled performance was cancelled, and the BDSers trumpeted victory.

    And very recently we have the news that Paul McCartney said (see http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/169801#.UfByGm12rTo) that they threatened to kill him if he performed in Israel. So please Philip spare us your prevarications.

    • Cliff
      Cliff
      July 27, 2013, 11:58 am

      Mayhem said:

      And very recently we have the news that Paul McCartney said (see link to israelnationalnews.com) that they threatened to kill him if he performed in Israel. So please Philip spare us your prevarications.

      Name the group(s) supposedly sending these emails and whether they are BDS ‘groups’ or not. Cite the evidence.

      OH WAIT!

      You have none. AS USUAL. Since these story broke, the same bullshit insinuations have been made OR you and your cult outright say it’s BDS without one iota of evidence.

      Paul M. was threatened by a single person – one guy – not a group. Not connected to BDS. His name was Omar Bakri Muhammad – a militant Islamist.

      Jon Bon Jovi was not intimidated or bullied either.

      Once again you Zionist liars are flinging your bullshit everywhere and hoping some of it sticks.

      • seanmcbride
        seanmcbride
        July 27, 2013, 12:35 pm

        article; Aussie Dave; Be Careful Posting “Paul McCartney Death Threats From BDSholes” Story; Israellycool; July 12, 2013 http://www.israellycool.com/2013/07/12/be-careful-posting-paul-mccartney-death-threats-from-bdsholes-story/

        But note that the death threats came from an actual known terrorist, Omar Bakri. And while I am sure he supports boycotting Israel (in addition to killing and maiming Israelis), he can hardly be described as a “BDS group.”

        Now don’t get me wrong. I have been at the forefront of exposing the BDSholes for what they are. And I have no doubt there are terrorists in their midst. But in the absence of any proof these groups issued death threats against Paul McCartney, it is irresponsible to report as such. It undermines our credibility.

        Perhaps there is more information not being reported, and BDS groups did threaten Macca’s [Paul McCartney’s] life. I just don’t see it in the quoted story. So in the absence of any indication this occurred, do our side a favor and don’t blindly post the claim.

        Yrn and his associates are not as careful — and smart (from the standpoint of their own interests) — as Aussie Dave, apparently.

        The best way to destroy your credibility is to disseminate false stories and bogus propaganda. Get caught doing that a few times, and you are finished.

        Btw, Aussie Dave and Israellycool seem to be really big on verbal abuse (“BDSholes”) — but that’s par for the course from these circles.

      • MHughes976
        MHughes976
        July 27, 2013, 1:02 pm

        There was a report in Marie Claire about Sir Paul’s 2008 appearance in Israel, which says that he was threatened by BDS characters, also by Jewish groups wanting to claim that the UK is anti-Semitic. We can’t claim Sir Paul as a pro-Palestinian, I think, but it may be that pro-Israel sources have rather magnified the threats that he brushed aside. It’s bound to happen that any group develops over-enthusiastic, fantasist and generally fanatical members, also that the opponents of the group exploit this fact, send in their own provocateurs, etc.. This says nothing one way or the other about the justice of the group’s objectives.

  24. gingershot
    gingershot
    July 24, 2013, 10:08 pm

    Methinks Mossad has it’s false flag groove on:

    ‘Anti-Semitic display at Roger Waters concert’

    Pig-shaped balloon with Star of David alongside fascist symbols released during British musician’s concert in Belgium. ‘I really love his music,’ says Israeli viewer, ‘but this time he crossed the line’

    I think the Ziobots have pulled out all the stops – what’s next – mass coordinated desecrations of Jewish burial sites?

    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4409388,00.html

    I guess Pamela Geller and the Pro-Aparthedists are are all for ‘freedom of speech’ when it comes to desecration of Muslim images or burning Korans or ‘Ground Zero Mosques’ – but when Jewish images are desecrated it’s the worst crime in the world – Anti-Semitism – even if Pam has to be the one self-desecrating herself.

    • yrn
      yrn
      July 26, 2013, 12:44 pm

      Not a remark regarding BDS Hero Roger Waters ????
      Typical

      • Cliff
        Cliff
        July 27, 2013, 11:59 am

        Why would he remark on this?

        He has nothing to do with it. It wasn’t BDS-related.

        It was threat-related.

  25. talknic
    talknic
    July 25, 2013, 1:36 am

    Threats could be as simple as:

    Band members threatening to leave

    Threatening never to buy his music again

    etc

  26. Sonja
    Sonja
    July 25, 2013, 3:44 am

    Evidence? Proof?

    From UPI: “Tislam published a statement Tuesday saying Burdon’s manager had informed it the singer would not appear” http://www.upi.com/Entertainment_News/Music/2013/07/24/Eric-Burdon-bows-out-of-Israel-gig/UPI-16491374664438/

    So, the only real source in this story is not Eric Burdon himself, not his manager, but the Israeli band Tislam. That must be really pissed off.

  27. AlfredCassis
    AlfredCassis
    July 25, 2013, 5:50 am

    ” but rather by exposing Israel’s wrongs, and promoting non-violent ways to redress them, and achieve the rights of the Palestinian people. ”
    How can there be understanding, respect, & or well meanings when Everybody in the middle east know the meaning of “Tis” 0r “Ass” as in “rear-end” in the insulting name given to the band that he was supposed to play in Tislam???
    Get Real.
    Even I with my limited knowledge spotted the incongruence…

  28. yrn
    yrn
    July 25, 2013, 7:10 am

    And here is the BDS hero Roger Waters…..last Saturday in Werchter, Belguim.
    “At some point during the concert, a big, black swine-shaped balloon appeared, with several symbols on it, including the symbols of well-known fascist regimes, logos of two corporations, and a Star of David, the famous Jewish symbol. At that point, Waters crossed the line from a passionate artist with criticism to a hateful person, sending to the world painful anti-Semitic messages”
    http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4409475,00.html

  29. amigo
    amigo
    July 25, 2013, 8:09 am

    See the following which has a part list of Israel,s history of boycotting Palestinian cultural events

    http://www.ipsc.ie/press-releases/open-letter-to-dervish-please-dont-perform-in-apartheid-israel

    Update: Dervish cancel Israel tour
    derv-band

    Update (Monday 30th April): Dervish have cancelled their tour of Israel. Full statement below. The IPSC would like to thank Dervish for refusing to whitewash Israeli apartheid, occupation and war crimes against the Palestinian people.

    Please consider leaving them a message of support on their Official Facebook Page here.

    =======

    Statement from Dervish, posted to the Official Dervish Facebook page at 11.25am, Monday 30th April:

    Dervish wish to announce they will not be taking part in the Irish music concert series in Israel this June.

    Our original decision to participate in the concerts was, like all our tours and appearances, completely non-political.

    The organiser of the shows is a musician and friend of the band for many years. He has worked to bridge divides between people through music for much of his life. These concerts were organised in this same spirit.

    At the time we agreed to these performances we were unaware there was a cultural boycott in place.

    We now feel that we do not wish to break this boycott.

    Our decision to withdraw from the concerts reflects our wish to neither endorse nor criticise anyone’s political views in this situation.

    Dervish are a grouping of like musical minds, we are not a political party.

    Our motivation as a band has always been and will continue to be our love of music.

    ENDS

    =======

    Below is an open from the Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) to Irish traditional music group Dervish asking them to cancel their three scheduled dates in Apartheid Israel in June 2012.

    What YOU can do: Please ‘Like’ the “Dervish, Don’t Bring Your Travelling Show to Apartheid Israel” Facebook group, and consider leaving a message for Dervish on their official Facebook page here.

    =========

    Dear members of Dervish (Kathy Jordan, Brian McDonagh, Liam Kelly, Tom Morrow, Shane Mitchell and Michael Holmes):

    Many lovers of Irish music have been deeply shocked and disappointed to learn of your plan to tour Israel next June, despite the 2006 Palestinian call for an international cultural and academic boycott of the Israeli state until it abides by international law.

    On this tour you will be joined by the Irish band FullSet, which boasts that it has “already shared a stage with some of the hottest names in Celtic music, such as Moya Brennan, Lúnasa…, Andy Irvine and Dónal Lunny.”

    This is deeply ironic, because Irvine and Lunny – together with Christy Moore, Sharon Shannon, Damien Dempsey, Ronan Browne, Jimmy McCarthy, and many other giants of Irish music (and over 200 other creative and performing artists) – have signed a pledge “not to avail of any invitation to perform or exhibit in Israel… until such time as Israel complies with international law and universal principles of human rights.”

    This means that if you perform in Israel you will be betraying both the Palestinian people and many of your most respected colleagues. You will be manipulated by the state of Israel to whitewash the utter criminality of its occupation and colonisation of Palestinian lands.

    In 2005 an Israeli spokesman asserted that “We see culture as a propaganda tool of the first rank, and…do not differentiate between propaganda and culture.” [Ha’aretz, September 2005]

    Here are some examples (among many) of the way that Israel represses the expression and dissemination of Palestinian culture:

    * In 2002, Israel prevented the Palestinian poets Zakaria Mohammed and Ghassan Zaqtan from travelling to Ireland to read their work.

    * In May 2009, Israeli soldiers prevented the opening of the Palestine Festival of Literature in Jerusalem. In April 2011, the venue hosting the final event of that year’s Festival was attacked with tear gas by the Israeli army.

    * In May 2010, the Israeli authorities deported Spain’s most famous clown, Ivan Prado, who was planning to establish a clown festival in Ramallah.

    * In summer 2011, Israeli commandos assaulted the Freedom Theatre in occupied Jenin, arresting several of its members.

    * Also last year, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu suspended Israel’s financial contribution to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation which oversees the protection of the world’s cultural heritage. This was to “punish” the majority of the world’s states for having voted to admit Palestine to the UN agency. This constitutes an Israeli cultural boycott of most of the world. For the same reason, Israel larcenously suspended tax transfers to the Palestinian Authority.

    If you cancel your trip to Israel, thus incidentally saving the members of FullSet from the infamy of breaching the Palestinian cultural boycott so early in their career, you will have joined the likes of Roger Waters, Elvis Costello, Cassandra Wilson, and Carlos Santana who, having at first agreed to perform in that country, decided that it was of greater importance to support the just struggle of the Palestinian people against Israeli oppression.

    The governments of the EU see Israel as “a strategic partner” and offer it generous trading and diplomatic privileges. When governments refuse to take human rights violations seriously, then it is up to civil society to act. Please be on the side of justice: please cancel your tour of Israel!

    Raymond Deane
    Cultural Liaison Officer
    Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign

  30. jon s
    jon s
    July 25, 2013, 10:05 am

    Great victory for the boycott, achieved through death threats. Way to go, BDS.

    • seanmcbride
      seanmcbride
      July 25, 2013, 11:12 am

      jon s wrote:

      Great victory for the boycott, achieved through death threats. Way to go, BDS.

      Look at how quickly pro-Israel activists and militants here jumped on this story to try to demonize BDS supporters as terrorists.

      This behavior offers some important clues about who was really behind the threats against Burdon and Paul McCartney. They have the look and feel of classic Mossad psyops:

      http://www.google.com/#q=israel+false+flag

    • Xpat
      Xpat
      July 25, 2013, 12:04 pm

      “Death threats”
      Jon s invents inflammatory, libelous accusations to make his point in an argument.
      Filed away for future reference.

      • jon s
        jon s
        July 25, 2013, 1:11 pm

        I didn’t invent anything. That’s what Burden’s manager says:
        “We are under increasing pressure, including many threatening emails that we are receiving on a daily basis. I wouldn’t want to put Eric in any danger”.

      • Chu
        Chu
        July 25, 2013, 2:07 pm

        And where does it say death threats? That’s something you inserted, and yes it’s dishonest.

      • Xpat
        Xpat
        July 25, 2013, 2:09 pm

        Jon s.:
        With apologies to other commentators for pointing out to you what is obvious, but your special touch was to add “death” to an already hotly disputed story.

      • Taxi
        Taxi
        July 25, 2013, 2:29 pm

        jon s you’re a conman adding the the word “death” to the quote. Whaaah you thought no one would notice?

        And let me take this opportunity to thank you for wishing me a long life on the other thread (can’t be bothered to look for it now). Let me also in return wish you a long life too, one full of hizb this and hizb that right there at your (stolen) doorstep.

      • Sonja
        Sonja
        July 26, 2013, 2:26 am

        That’s not what Burden’s manager said. That’s what Tislam said Burden’s manager wrote. A huge difference. No one asked Burden or his manager anything, so no one knows what’s going on.

      • annie
        annie
        July 26, 2013, 11:41 am

        “We are under increasing pressure, including many threatening emails that we are receiving on a daily basis. I wouldn’t want to put Eric in any danger”.

        the original statement merely stated

        ‘We are under increasing pressure, including many threatening emails from his aging hippie fanbase saying they were going to break all their old animal records if eric played apartheid israel and we are receiving them on a daily basis. I wouldn’t want to put Eric in any danger of loosing his fan base’.

        and then an editor from hasbara central just edited out a few words.

      • jon s
        jon s
        July 26, 2013, 3:45 pm

        C’mon, if the threats were deemed serious enough that Burden’s manager feared he would be in “danger” , to the point of cancelling his performance, then I think it’s pretty obvious that he feared for his life.
        Compare with Roger Waters: I don’t agree with his stand on the boycott, but I know that he’s involved and committed and that’s his principled position. Or the writer Alice Walker , whose views on Israel and the Jews are clear. But Burden, as far as I know , does not hold those views, and only recently told Yizhar Ashdot and Yair Nitzani of Tislam that he’s looking forward to the gig, and doesn’t like boycotts. So what made him change his mind, virtually over night? Did he attend a brief, in-depth seminar on the conflict?
        Not likely. He was threatened, threats that he figured were for real.

      • Citizen
        Citizen
        July 26, 2013, 8:10 pm

        @ Elliot
        Exactly. Really piss poor hasbara. Israel should stop his checks.

      • Cliff
        Cliff
        July 27, 2013, 12:01 pm

        Then tell us who threatened him.

        You said it was BDS.

        Where is your proof!

      • seanmcbride
        seanmcbride
        July 27, 2013, 12:41 pm

        I’ll wager that yrn and his associates were quick to believe that the 9/11 anthrax attacks — which were heavily exploited in the mainstream media to push forward the drive to go to war against Iraq — were committed by Muslim extremists who hated America and Israel.

      • Xpat
        Xpat
        July 27, 2013, 6:21 pm

        Thanks Citizen. This does reek of hasbara: the constant campaign to delegitimize Israel’s detractors by tarring them as “violent.”
        For years, nice liberal Zionists would say: if only the Palestinians would engage in mass non-violent action, the settlers will fail.
        So, the Palestinians did just that, and surprise surprise, nothing at all has changed.

    • andrew r
      andrew r
      July 26, 2013, 7:39 am

      Last year I made this post: “In all honesty, Mondo’s hasbara trolls are probably the smartest out there.” I now retract that remark and apologize to jon s, yrn and Oleg R for overestimating their intelligence. It’s not often I feel compelled to apologize for sarcasm.

    • Cliff
      Cliff
      July 26, 2013, 11:35 am

      Jon s you are a goddamn liar.

      Cite the evidence that some BDS group is behind this.

  31. Citizen
    Citizen
    July 25, 2013, 11:22 am

    @ jon s
    Alleged death threats. Nobody has seen them as nobody from the Animals or their management have displayed them, nor, to my knowledge, have any members of the band or their management filed a police complaint.

  32. talknic
    talknic
    July 25, 2013, 11:51 am
  33. seanmcbride
    seanmcbride
    July 25, 2013, 12:25 pm

    The Simon Wiesenthal Center is hyping up the “death threats” against Eric Burdon:

    “How Entertainers Are Bullied Into Not Performing In Israel” (Forbes, July 25, 2013)

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/realspin/2013/07/25/how-entertainers-are-bullied-into-not-performing-in-israel/

    Israeli fans of golden oldies won’t be hearing Eric Burdon grind out his signature House of The Rising Sun. The lead Animals singer canceled his appearance, a victim of intimidation including death threats to stay away from the Jewish state.

    and:

    Cooper is associate dean of, the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Brackman, a historian, is a consultant to the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

    Question for Cooper and Brackman: have you bothered to closely examine the “death threats” and used computer forensics to identify the IP addresses from which they were issued? If not, why not?

    There are any number of Internet wizards who are capable of getting to the bottom of these communications.

  34. yrn
    yrn
    July 27, 2013, 3:44 am

    Paul McCartney recently disclosed the threats and harrassment he received in 2008 prior to performing in Israel.

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Hollywood/2013/07/10/McCartney-My-Life-Was-Threatened-over-Israel-Show

    • Cliff
      Cliff
      July 27, 2013, 11:13 am

      Breitbart.com LOL

      The bullshit article you cited provides NO MENTION of ANY BDS group by name.

      The article does not quote McCartney saying BDS was behind the emails.

      The article does not quote ANY OTHER ARTIST saying BDS was behind similar emails.

      The article ONLY cites Adam Shay. Adam Shay then says BDS is behind the emails. BDS is a vague generalization here since it’s a protest tactic.

      So tell us who specifically sent the emails and your PROOF!

      Paul McCartney’s life was threatened by BDS (boycott, divest and sanction)[…] according to Adam Shay of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.

      […]according to Shay.[…]

      […]Shay said[…]

      […]He added[…]

      […]Shay said some singers simply ignored the threats.[…]

      […]But, Shay concluded[…]

      Cite the evidence that BDS groups have been issuing threats.

      This is REALLY SIMPLE, troll. Name just ONE BDS group that has issued threatening emails to these artists.

      Cite the source where it says the name. What artist did the threaten? Who did the artist or his representative then name?

      As I said earlier. you are a LIAR.

    • just
      just
      July 27, 2013, 11:16 am

      Yeah, yeah, yeah.

      “The Beatles were banned by the government of Israel until 2008 when Paul McCartney performed. Once the ban was lifted, Beatles tribute bands from Israel would perform at a yearly festival. This year, organizers decided to step it up, according to Scott.”

      http://bransontrilakesnews.com/entertainment/article_a03ae602-f625-11e2-b6f0-001a4bcf887a.html

      Interesting, no? I bet John Lennon and George Harrison would never have even considered playing in Apartheid Israel today.

    • seanmcbride
      seanmcbride
      July 27, 2013, 11:23 am

      yrn,

      Paul McCartney recently disclosed the threats and harrassment he received in 2008 prior to performing in Israel.

      Let’s see the full email messages delivering these threats, with headers, and the results of the forensic investigation tracing them back to their sources. Where are they?

      Really: this is not too much too ask. These are the first questions that should be asked about any kind of threats.

    • Sumud
      Sumud
      July 27, 2013, 11:33 am

      Paul McCartney recently disclosed the threats and harrassment he received in 2008 prior to performing in Israel.

      No he didn’t – this a secondhand report from Adam Shay of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs. McCartney has not verified the story – Breitbart hasn’t even contacted McCartney for him to comment, neither has Arutz Sheva the settler rag that also published this claim by Adam Shay. A couple of reputable publications, eh? Not quite.

      I call BS on this whole thing.

      By definition BDS in non-violent, the movement is less than 10 years old and is a spectacular success – why would a Palestinian or anyone else else seek to derail BDS by making violent threats?

      They wouldn’t.

      Israelis and zionists on the other hand have been powerless against BDS precisely because it is non-violent. So they’re conducting false flag attacks (nothing new) and making anonymous threats to try and discredit BDS.

      It won’t work, the genie (Israeli apartheid) is out of the bottle.

    • amigo
      amigo
      July 27, 2013, 11:34 am

      “according to Adam Shay of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.”

      You cannot be serious in offering this liar and propagandist as credible evidence.

      You sink lower into the abyss of lies and hasbara with each post.

      laughable comes to mind.

    • Taxi
      Taxi
      July 27, 2013, 11:35 am

      yrn

      You’re another conman! Is there an honest ziobot out there in the whole goddamn world?!!!

      In your Donald Duck propaganda link, a guy called Shay, who is undoubtedly on ziocaine, says that Paul MaCartney says blah blah blah.

      IT IS NOT A GENUINE PAUL MACARTNEY QUOTE!!!! It’s a quote by a deluded/evil-intended colonialist!!!

      Either produce evidence of the so-called “death threat” or you and jon s can ST[.]U!

  35. amigo
    amigo
    July 27, 2013, 11:39 am

    I could find no reference to the claim that Paul Mc Cartney received Death Threats.

    Not in the British Media.

    Gee, one might have expected the Israeli apologists and propaganda squads would have been busy lobbying the British Media with such a valuable piece of propaganda.

    Looks as if they are losing their edge.

    • yrn
      yrn
      July 27, 2013, 5:32 pm

      Amigo

      Well google and find out.
      the Guardian,
      http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2008/sep/16/mccartney.refuses.to.cancel.gig
      “His comments come in response to a Sunday Express interview with the militant Islamic activist Omar Bakri Muhammad. “If he values his life Mr McCartney must not come to Israel,” said Bakri, who has been barred from returning to the UK. “He will not be safe there. The sacrifice operatives will be waiting for him.”

      • annie
        annie
        July 27, 2013, 9:47 pm

        His comments come in response to a Sunday Express interview

        the article was from 2008. this tabloid is not a reliable source.

        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daily_Express

        .
        Express Newspapers left the National Publishers Association in 2007 over unpaid fees. Since payments made to the NPA fund the Press Complaints Commission, it is possible that the Express and its sister papers could cease being regulated by the PCC. The chairman of the Press Standards Board of Finance, which manages PCC funds, described Express Newspapers as a “rogue publisher”.[8]
        The Express group lost an unusually large number of high-profile libel cases in 2008–2009; it was forced to pay damages to people involved in the Madeleine McCann case (see below), a member of the Muslim Council of Great Britain, the footballer Marco Materazzi and the sports agent Willie McKay. The string of losses led the media commentator Roy Greenslade to conclude that Express Newspapers (which also publishes the Star titles) paid out more in libel damages over that period than any other newspaper group; although most of the individual amounts paid were not disclosed, the total damages were disclosed at £1,570,000.[9] Greenslade characterised Desmond as a “rogue proprietor”.[9]
        In late 2008, Express Newspapers began a redundancy plan to cutting 80 jobs, with the aim of reducing costs by £2.5 million; too few staff were willing to take voluntary redundancy.[10] [11] In early 2008, a previous cost-cutting exercise by the group triggered the first 24-hour national press strike in the UK for 18 years.[12] In late August 2009, plans for a further 70 redundancies were announced, affecting journalists across Express Newspapers (including the Daily and Sunday Express, the Daily Star, and the Daily Star Sunday).[13]
        Also in August 2009, the Advertising Standards Authority criticised the company for running advertorials as features alongside adverts for the same products. The ASA noted that the pieces were ‘always and uniquely favourable to the product featured in the accompanying ads and contained claims that have been or would be likely to be prohibited in advertisements'[14][15][16][17][18]
        In January 2010, the Daily Express was censured by the Advertising Standards Authority over a front-page promotion for “free” fireworks. This led to comment that the Express has become “the Ryanair of Fleet Street”, in that it is a “frequent offender” which pays little heed to the ASA’s criticisms.[19]

        you can read about the owner here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Desmond

      • amigo
        amigo
        July 28, 2013, 4:11 am

        “His comments come in response to a Sunday Express interview with the militant Islamic activist Omar Bakri Muhammad.”.

        Where did Mc Cartney say he received Death Threats from BDS.

        And why did you not include Omar Barghouti,s condemnation of Omar Bakri,s alledged threats.

        Cherry picking again yrn.

        You really should put down the shovel as should Israel before the hole collapses in on top of you.

        1S 1P 1V. ICC/ICJ AND BDS.

        Have a nice day.

  36. Light
    Light
    July 27, 2013, 11:52 am

    What a bunch of hasbara crap. Paul McCartney did not say that. What the link quotes is Adam Shay of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs.

    • seanmcbride
      seanmcbride
      July 27, 2013, 11:59 am

      So far yrn and his associates (including the Simon Wiesenthal Center) have failed to produce a single document communicating a death threat from a BDS activist or supporter. But they have produced a torrent of propaganda based on the unproven claim.

  37. yrn
    yrn
    July 28, 2013, 2:29 pm

    seanmcbride
    “But they have produced a torrent of propaganda based”

    While there are only 10 persons here with the routine tactic.
    all over the net people read Paul McCartney accusation and the Management of Eric Burdon…………..
    Or for you Omar Barghouti (who is he) is the persona someone pays attention to.

    And as always, who get’s the results, not all of you here……….

    • annie
      annie
      July 28, 2013, 3:52 pm

      yrn, this alleged ‘paul quote’ from 2008, i don’t think hardly anyone ever even heard of it and when/if they did it was along w/the warning.
      eric burdon is a has-been and this incident is being used to get paul’s name back in the mix, because unlike burdon, paul is famous. this is a nothing hasbara story no one takes seriously. you wished ‘all over the net people read Paul McCartney accusation’, but it never took hold the first time. that is why you are here taking the opportunity to push it. the idea ‘bds people make death threats’ is patently absurd. it won’t hold, not by a long shot. this is a classic hasbara demonization story and as far as i can tell nobody is even worried about it. i know i’m not. it’s simply not convincing.

      also, there’s an upside to this from my ptv. Simon Wiesenthal Center is a hasbara smear merchant right up there w/horowitz and ADL. so they are trusted less and less all the time. everytime they engage in this crap they damage whatever reputation they have.

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