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Over 30 New York human rights advocates protested outside the performance of Israeli musician Idan Raichel at the Beacon Theatre this evening, calling Raichel “a self-proclaimed propagandist for the Israeli government” and its brutal, apartheid policies towards the Palestinian people. The peaceful, spirited protest of chanting and singing was met by hostility and racism from many concert-goers.

A number of Raichel’s fans began shouting obscenities and making vulgar gestures at the protesters, in two cases mocking the religious garb (video) some Muslim women wear (the headscarf, or hijab). One aggressive male fan repeatedly told a female protest chant leader, “You should die!” Another went out of his way to walk up to two female protesters and toss a lit cigarette between them. In contrast, one passer-by read an explanatory flier and then joined the protesters, adding her voice to chants such as, “Voice of peace? That’s a lie! Idan plays while people die,” and “Musicians must take a stand, no excuse for stealing land.”

Riham Barghouti from Adalah-NY explained, “Completely contradicting the image that he tries to project of a man of peace who values other cultures, Idan Raichel also identifies himself as cultural ambassador for the state of Israel and a proud supporter of the Israeli army who actively collaborates with the Israeli government’s “Brand Israel” initiative. Brand Israel attempts to convey a positive image of Israel through arts and culture, diverting attention from Israel’s brutal human rights abuses and systematic denial of rights to the Palestinian people.”

On October 24th, Raichel reacted on Twitter and Instagram to protesters outside his Philadelphia concert holding a sign reading “Boycott Israeli Apartheid.” Raichel wrote in response, “…sooooo… 1. Israel is NOT an apartheid country. 2. I am proud to be an Israeli artist. 3. U should NEVER boycott artisits [sic].”

Maureen Silverman from Adalah-NY responded, “Idan Raichel should use his position to truly speak out for human rights for all people by supporting justice for Palestinians, and he should oppose the actions of Israel’s government and army, rather than fronting for them. This boycott isn’t about being Jewish or Israeli; it targets supporters of Israel’s unjust policies.”

Alexis Stern from Adalah-NY wondered, “Why is it that at two different protests of Raichel’s concerts, in Philadelphia and New York, fans of the supposed musician of ‘love’ and ‘peace’ have shouted racist and bigoted obscenities, and made threatening gestures such as spitting at demonstrators and throwing torn flyers back at them?”

In 2009, an Israeli Foreign Ministry official outlined the Brand Israel strategy that Raichel supports to the New York Times, saying, “We will send well-known novelists and writers overseas, theater companies, exhibits…This way you show Israel’s prettier face, so we are not thought of purely in the context of war.

Raichel calls his music “global fusion,” developed from “cross cultural collaborations,” and cultivates an image as a representative of a “tolerant, multi-ethnic Israel.” Yet Raichel’s actions and statements contradict his claimed support for peace, respect for other cultures, and transcendence of national boundaries. Raichel was sent on a 2012 tour of Africa by Israel’s Foreign Ministry, which explained, “The goal in sending Raichel to Africa was to present Israeli culture at its best.” In a past interview, Raichel has said (translation): “We certainly see ourselves as ambassadors of Israel in the world, cultural ambassadors, hasbara ambassadors, also in regards to the political conflict.” Raichel has also claimed that “our army is a basic ingredient” for Israeliness. Raichel endorses the right-wing organization Thank Israeli Soldiers, with a personal testimony of support, ignoring the Israeli army’s long record of brutal human rights abuses committed against Palestinians in the service of an apartheid regime. He also served as an advisor to Creative Community for Peace, a powerful US entertainment industry lobby that uses its connections to protect Israel from human rights concerns.

Tonight’s protesters are part of the growing international movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel, to pressure Israel to end its human rights abuses. The Palestinian-led BDS movement is a nonviolent campaign for Palestinian rights inspired by the international boycott campaign that helped to abolish apartheid in South Africa.

New Yorkers will also be holding a protest on Tuesday, October 29, at 6 PM at Alice Tully Hall at the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s fundraising concert there. The Israel Philharmonic website proudly states that the Orchestra serves as “Israel’s musical ambassador throughout the country and the world.” American Friends of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra calls the IPO “Israel’s finest cultural emissary” and notes that “[t]he goodwill created by these tours…is of enormous value to the State of Israel.” New Yorkers have held lively protests at performances by Raichel (2011), the Israel Philharmonic (2011, 2012), and others in past years.

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  1. seafoid
    seafoid
    October 28, 2013, 12:27 pm

    “A number of Raichel’s fans began shouting obscenities and making vulgar gestures at the protesters, in two cases mocking the religious garb (video) some Muslim women wear (the headscarf, or hijab). One aggressive male fan repeatedly told a female protest chant leader, “You should die!” ”

    “Yea, He saith, ‘It is too light a thing for you to be My servant, to establish the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the scions of Israel, and I shall submit you as a light unto the nations, to be My salvation until the end of the earth’ (Isaiah, 49:6)

    But g-d was obviously having a bad day

  2. yrn
    yrn
    October 28, 2013, 1:53 pm

    Is Idan Raichel funded by the Israeli government. ?
    You boycot a person because of what he is.
    Israeli ?
    Jewish?
    “a self-proclaimed propagandist for the Israeli government”
    Prove it, where are your claims evidence.

    you are just racist as all the others.

    • talknic
      talknic
      October 29, 2013, 11:32 am

      @ yrn “you are just racist as all the others”

      Since when have Israelis or Jews been a race?

    • Woody Tanaka
      Woody Tanaka
      October 29, 2013, 12:49 pm

      “You boycot a person because of what he is.”

      Nope. The boycott is in place because this person is an agent and a representative of an evil Apartheid regime.

    • K Renner
      K Renner
      October 30, 2013, 9:50 am

      How does this comment make any sense?

      It’s just you mumbling and accusing people of “racism” without any evidence to prove it.

      On the other hand, there’s plenty of evidence that all of the pro-Israel commentators here see the Arabs as a whole at the very least as inferiors, lesser human beings.

  3. just
    just
    October 28, 2013, 4:47 pm

    I wonder if they know how ugly and racist they appear on camera.

    What a shame.

  4. October 28, 2013, 5:36 pm

    “Tonight’s protesters are part of the growing international movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel, to pressure Israel to end its human rights abuses. The Palestinian-led BDS movement is a nonviolent campaign for Palestinian rights inspired by the international boycott campaign ”

    BDS declared goal is destruction of Israel. Finkelstein explained it to you in his famous interview to Barat
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ol8xhTySKfM

    To quote him – the demand of the right of return of close to 6 mln Palestinians to Israel means only one thing – the end of Israel. Also Omar Bargoutti, the founder of the BDS is saying it very clearly in his program statement.

    So stop being dishonest. Stop telling half truths. And most importantly – stop lying to yourselves. This was the reason you have had 65 years of loosing. You were lying to Arab states, they were lying to you. That went repeatly in ’48 and in ’67 and after ’73 and at Oslo and the second intifada.

    Your only period of honesty was the 1st intifada. But you let the PLO wheeler-dealers to take over. We always looked straight into the eyes of the reality, admiting our errors and blunders, correcting them and as a result have won one war after another. And built a high tech power, an 8 mln country with GDP close to France and above Italy.

    And you are again on a loosing track. Weisses of this world will not help you. Look squarely into the face of the reality and deal directly with us. We are ‘dying” to have peace with you.

    • Inanna
      Inanna
      October 29, 2013, 12:16 am

      “65 years of loosing”? “Loosing track?” Where did you learn your English? English for Dummies?

      As for the rest of your diatribe – repetition does not make it so. Jews already erased Palestine off the map, pushed the Palestinians into the sea, and have kept them entrapped in open-air prisons, stealing their land and resources, yet you have the gall the accuse them of trying to do those things to Israel. You are the one not seeing reality. You are the one denying the crimes committed against Palestine and Palestinians. Stop this insane denial and projection before its too late. If zionism leaves you with any shred of humanity, ask for atonement for what you have done to Palestinians before it’s too late and your militarist city-state fantasy collapses from its own contradictions.

    • talknic
      talknic
      October 29, 2013, 2:37 am

      fnlevit ” the demand of the right of return of close to 6 mln Palestinians to Israel means only one thing”

      6 million is ALL Palestinian refugees. Not all of them have RoR to Israel. Some have a right to return to PALESTINIAN territories.

      Israel does not include ANY territories Israel has acquired by war and never legally annexed. Israel is ONLY the territory recognized as Israel as Israel asked to be recognized, according to the frontiers of UNGA res 181. No more, no less.

      To claim there’s a threat to Israel in non-Israeli territories is nonsense

      • Talkback
        Talkback
        October 29, 2013, 9:36 am

        Talknic: “Not all of them have RoR to Israel. Some have a right to return to PALESTINIAN territories.”

        Of course. Some were expelled from the territory within partition borderes. Others from outside of it. And some were expelled from within and then again from outside.

      • talknic
        talknic
        October 29, 2013, 11:24 am

        @ Talkback …..and some were expelled from outside of Israel and expelled again

        So they talk nonsense when they say 6 million returning to Israel. It’s propaganda for people who don’t think or don’t want to think

      • Talkback
        Talkback
        October 30, 2013, 9:06 am

        I didn’t write “outside from Israel”, but outside from partition borders. I know that for you it’s the same, but maybe not for others.

        How many are we talking about for this side of the green line?

      • talknic
        talknic
        November 2, 2013, 3:52 am

        @Talkback ” outside from partition borders. I know that for you it’s the same, but maybe not for others.”

        ‘others’ should be informed the partition borders are the borders of Israel. There has been no legal change since being proclaimed and recognized as asked. The acquisition of territory by war/force is illegal and Israel has never legally annexed any territories. de facto (fact/s on the ground) is not de jure (legal sovereignty)

        The Green Line was a cease fire line, not a border and; the Green line did not apply to the Gaza region. http://wp.me/pDB7k-tM#nonannexed-territories

        There is Israel and outside of Israel as determined by the UNGA Res 181 borders proclaimed by the Israeli Government as the State of Israel and recognized as such. No further territories have ever been legally recognized as Israeli.

        “How many are we talking about for this side of the green line?”

        Any whose normal place of residence was “this side of the green line”. No matter what the number, they all have RoR.

    • eljay
      eljay
      October 29, 2013, 10:35 am

      >> We always looked straight into the eyes of the reality, admiting our errors and blunders, correcting them …

      Really, perfesser? Is that why Israel:
      – remains a supremacist “Jewish State” rather than a state of and for all Israeli citizens, equally?
      – remains engaged in a 60+ years, ON-GOING and offensive (i.e., not defensive) campaign of aggression, oppression, theft, colonization, destruction and murder?
      – has yet to honour its obligations under international law?
      – has yet to be held accountable for its past and ON-GOING (war) crimes?
      – has yet to enter into sincere negotiations for a just and mutually-beneficial peace?

      You may be a perfesser, but you’re not terribly smart. Or honest. Or moral.

  5. Linda J
    Linda J
    October 28, 2013, 7:34 pm

    Keep it up, Adalah NY. Raichel seems to avoid Seattle now. We protested him at a couple venues here in the last few years. http://siratyst.blogspot.com/2009/08/seattle-boycott-of-idan-raichel-project.html

    I guess it’d be tough for a musician to avoid NY, but you definitely have an audience to educate there. Cheers for the Israeli Symphony protest too!

    • MahaneYehude1
      MahaneYehude1
      October 29, 2013, 1:12 am

      @Linda: Just let you know that while you are protesting in the cold streets of NY or Seattle, tens of thousands of Palestinians, the people you want to help, are shopping in Israeli supermarkets (Yes, also in the OT. Please, google for Rami Levi), working in Israeli institutions, study in Israeli colleges and universities, visiting and enjoying Israeli restaurants and coffee shops and just leaving with coexistence with us, the Israeli Jews. I only hope that some day we can do our shopping in Ramallah and Nablus.

      • Shmuel
        Shmuel
        October 29, 2013, 4:24 am

        Yes, MY1, the Palestinian occupation of Israel is terrible. Hopefully, one day Israelis will be free of Palestinian tyranny and domination — free to enjoy the same rights and freedoms that their Palestinian occupiers now take for granted. Free Israel!

      • Shmuel
        Shmuel
        October 29, 2013, 6:08 am

        Palestinian occupation of Israel … Free Israel!

        Belated sarcasm warning, just to be on the safe side ;-)

      • bintbiba
        bintbiba
        October 29, 2013, 8:22 am

        ;-) !!!

      • MahaneYehude1
        MahaneYehude1
        October 29, 2013, 11:50 am

        Don’t worry, Shmuel, you are in the safe side here, don’t worry.

      • Shingo
        Shingo
        October 29, 2013, 5:57 am

        tens of thousands of Palestinians, the people you want to help, are shopping in Israeli supermarkets

        Where else are they going to shop? You colonists have destroyed their livelihood and their business, so it’s not as if they have a choice. A number of those supermarkets are built in occupied territories and serve illegal settlements.

        working in Israeli institutions, study in Israeli colleges and universities, visiting and enjoying Israeli restaurants and coffee shops and just leaving with coexistence with us

        How nice of you. Those are the ones who escaped your bombing, home evictions, home demolitions and mass murder.

        Real humanists you lot.

      • annie
        annie
        October 29, 2013, 6:44 am

        tens of thousands of Palestinians, the people you want to help, are shopping in Israeli supermarkets (Yes, also in the OT.

        like they have a choice? tell us more how they steal palestinian agricultual land, grow crops palestinians are prevented from growing on their own land, and sell it back to palestinians.

        and you call this progress? or frame it as some groovy thing? it isn’t.

      • annie
        annie
        October 29, 2013, 6:47 am

        I only hope that some day we can do our shopping in Ramallah and Nablus.

        as if haifa, yaffa, jerusalem and the rest of palestine are not enough.

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        October 29, 2013, 8:16 am

        Imagine if Palestinians were allowed to travel to Israel to shop. The mahanes could see their ramallah trips go ahead whenever. But palestinians are undeserving while zionist neediness is limitless.

      • Shmuel
        Shmuel
        October 29, 2013, 7:03 am

        I only hope that some day we can do our shopping in Ramallah and Nablus.

        First you’ll have to get the Israeli government to lift its ban on Israeli citizens entering those cities.

      • MahaneYehude1
        MahaneYehude1
        October 29, 2013, 11:47 am

        @annie and Shmuel: “I only hope that some day we can do our shopping in Ramallah and Nablus – when peace will come and an independent state of Palestine will be established”.

      • annie
        annie
        October 29, 2013, 7:05 am

        coexistence with us

        the way you like it, where they are not equal or ever partners. you can use them for your pr, your pets to show how progressive you are. gag us with a spoon, but only if you have time between bulldozing their villages!

      • amigo
        amigo
        October 29, 2013, 7:53 am

        “@Linda: Just let you know that while you are protesting in the cold streets of NY or Seattle, tens of thousands of Palestinians, the people you want to help, are shopping in Israeli supermarkets (Yes, also in the OT. Please, google for Rami Levi), working in Israeli institutions, study in Israeli colleges and universities, visiting and enjoying Israeli restaurants and coffee shops and just leaving with coexistence with us, the Israeli Jews.”mehane 1/2 or 3??.

        This what you mean mehane??.

        “An Arab man from central Israel has sued the Tel Aviv Port branch of Cafe Cafe for NIS 100,000, after he was told on his first day of work as a waiter that the cafe could not continue to employ him because he isn’t Jewish.” haaretz.

        http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/.premium-1.554927

      • MahaneYehude1
        MahaneYehude1
        October 29, 2013, 12:00 pm

        @Amigo: OK, “An Arab man from central Israel has sued the Tel Aviv Port branch of Cafe Cafe for NIS 100,000”. As a democratic state with many laws against racism, I sure this “Arab man” will receive the 100,000 Shekel (probably, with apology letter). Thanks for sharing.

      • K Renner
        K Renner
        October 30, 2013, 10:00 am

        Do you lack reading comp skills?

        Israel’s laws don’t apply when the “inferior” Arabs are concerned.

        Your “democracy” is farcical too.

      • eljay
        eljay
        October 29, 2013, 8:27 am

        >> … tens of thousands of Palestinians, the people you want to help, are shopping in Israeli supermarkets … working in Israeli institutions, study in Israeli colleges and universities, visiting and enjoying Israeli restaurants and coffee shops and just leaving with coexistence with us, the Israeli Jews.

        Do those tens of thousands of Palestinians include the Palestinians ethnically-cleansed from their homes and lands by Jewish terrorists, and barred from returning to their homes and lands by the policies and military of a supremacist “Jewish State” that is more concerned with Jewish supremacism than it is with justice, equality, accountability and morality?

      • MahaneYehude1
        MahaneYehude1
        October 29, 2013, 11:44 am

        @Shmuel, Shingo, Annie, Amigo and eljay:

        I think I wrote my point very clear: While BDS movement calls to boycott Israeli products, the Palestinians themselves don’t boycott these products, although Palestinian NGO called to boycott Israel:
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boycotts_of_Israel#Palestinian_United_Call_For_BDS_Against_Israel

        Don’t say “they have no alternative”. They don’t boycott Israeli products at all even they have alternative. I gave the the Rami Levy supermarket example to show that even the markets of Ramallah and Beth-Lehem are good alternative, many prefer the Israelis supermarkets like Rami Levi.

        Annie, you have to read my comments carefully. I always distinguish between Israel and the OT and don’t see them as one unit. yes, Annie, the Israeli-Palestinians are integral part of our society. I don’t say that their situation is perfect, no. Naturally, the conflict affects them too. But, between their real situation in Israel and the situation you describe or think is, there is a huge gap that you can fill with billions of spoons and millions of bulldozers.

        Speaking on Israeli-Palestinian, Annie, I wonder why I didn’t see any post in MW about the municipal election in Nazareth in which Hanin Zoabi, the former Israeli-Palestinian MK (and I sure you know her better than me), received about 10% of the votes in her city (75% of the people with right to vote participated in the election, one of the highest percent in Israel). Is this fact says something about Israeli-Palestinians and their wish to integrate in the Israeli society or do you have better explanation as usual?

      • Woody Tanaka
        Woody Tanaka
        October 29, 2013, 8:37 am

        “Just let you know that while you are protesting in the cold streets of NY or Seattle, tens of thousands of Palestinians, the people you want to help, are shopping in Israeli supermarkets… working in Israeli institutions, study in Israeli colleges and universities, visiting and enjoying Israeli restaurants and coffee shops and just leaving with coexistence with us, the Israeli Jews.”

        Yes, and MILLIONS are held without rights as serfs in their own land, as you bastards steal it piece by piece and ethnically cleanse the people in the process.

        “(Yes, also in the OT. Please, google for Rami Levi),”

        No, the land is not “the OT.” That is more zio bigotry. It is “Palestine.”

      • amigo
        amigo
        October 29, 2013, 8:45 am

        @Linda: Just let you know that while you are protesting in the cold streets of NY or Seattle, tens of thousands of Palestinians, the people you want to help, are shopping in Israeli supermarkets” mehane 1/2/3??.

        Not if this fine upstanding Israeli Jew has anything to do with it.

        ” NAZARETH ILLIT, Israel —

        This hilltop city has placid parks, broad avenues, low crime, a fancy mall and trash collection three times a week — all very nice and neat, and by design, slightly dull.

        But not these days.

        Over the past few years, well-to-do Arab Israelis, both Muslim and Christian, have been driving their minivans 10 minutes up the hill from the ancient, overcrowded nearly all-Arab city of Nazareth and snapping up sweet but pricey five-bedroom, four-bath houses.

        Many of the homes are worth a half-million dollars or more, and Arab citizens of Israel count for 18 percent of the 50,000 residents in “Upper Nazareth,” as it is translated in English.

        They are welcome here, the mayor says, as long as they remember one very important rule.

        “This is a Jewish city,” said Shimon Gafsou of his adopted home town, “now and forever.”

        To be more specific: “I would rather cut off my right arm than build an Arab school,” the mayor said in an interview on his terrace at city hall.”

        http://articles.washingtonpost.com/2013-09-19/world/42229879_1_israeli-mayor-largest-arab-city-citizens

      • Walid
        Walid
        October 30, 2013, 3:38 am

        Amigo, you’d remember that this illegal hilltop city with the placide parks was the one that prevented the few Christians in it from bringing in Christmas trees a couple of Christmases back. And they blame the Muslim Palestinians for the Christian exodus. Equally horror stories on what is being done to the Christians of Bethlehem, Jerusalem and everywhere else in the former Palestine..

      • Theo
        Theo
        October 29, 2013, 10:01 am

        MY

        Yes, those nasty palestinians are shopping in jewish supermarkets and force the owners to make a large profit on them!
        Don´t forget, they are at home and you are a johnny-come-lately.

      • Walid
        Walid
        October 30, 2013, 3:56 am

        “… palestinians are shopping in jewish supermarkets and force .”

        Some of those are co-owned by a Palestinian financial magnate that partners with Israelis on other projects. He’s the grandfather of the American student that was shot at the fence at Maroun al-Ras a couple of years ago on Naqba Day. So not to feel bad, some of the Palestinians’ supermarket money is making its way back towards a Palestinian.

      • Walid
        Walid
        October 30, 2013, 4:14 am

        My mistake, I misread that Masri was a partner in the supermarkets with Rami Levy. Although they are close, there is nothing that says he is actually a partner in the supermarkets. Sorry.

        From EI Nov 2012:

        On Sunday, a delegation of Israeli businessmen, which included settler tycoon Rami Levy, was hosted by Palestinian billionaire Munib Masri in his Nablus mansion along with former Arab League Secretary General Amr Moussa, former Jordanian Prime Minister Abd Al-Salam Majali and Jordan’s Prince Firas bin Raad who represented the so-called Quartet.

        … The Nablus meeting, which was held in the name of an initiative called “Breaking the Freeze,” aims to create a coalition of Arab and Israeli notables who would work together to move forward the Arab peace plan of 2002.

        Also in attendance, according to media reports, were UN representative Robert Serry and head of the Palestinian Authority’s Palestine Investment Fund Muhammad Mustafa, representing Abbas, and business delegations from Turkey and Arab countries.

        Mustafa Barghouti, the head of the Palestinian National Initiative, a political party, strongly condemned the meeting as “normalization with the Israeli occupation” and “crossing all red lines,” and called on those who attended to apologize to the Palestinian people.

        By hosting such meetings – undoubtedly with the backing of the Palestinian Authority – Masri is seen to be giving legitimacy to a notorious man who is a key element in supporting and enriching the Israeli settlement establishment in the West Bank.

        Levy owns a supermarket chain which has stores in most of the illegal settlements spread around the West Bank. Palestinians working in Levy’s stores have sometimes faced blunt racism and discrimination

        From another EI article in the same month:

        About three weeks ago, a story appeared in Haaretz titled “Who’s selling peace in the supermarket?” The story was about an Israeli journalist who, on his visit to a Rami Levy store in the illegal settlement of Gush Etzion, coincidently stumbled upon the Israeli businessman Rami Levy and the Palestinian billionaire Munib Masri announcing (informally) their intentions to form a coalition that will supposedly move peace forward based on the two-state solution by strengthening the economic relationship between the two.

        A few days later, Masri, who is the the chair of the massive private Palestinian holding company PADICO disclosed to Ma’an News Agency that there are currently efforts by Palestinian businessmen and independent characters to revive the 2002 Arab Peace Initiative in coordination with Israeli right-wing figures. What Masri failed to announce is that the settler and supermarket mogul Rami Levi is the major character in this coalition.

        http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/jalal-abukhater/bnc-condemns-palestinian-billionaire-munib-masris-dealings-israeli-settler

      • talknic
        talknic
        October 29, 2013, 11:29 am

        MahaneYehude1 “tens of thousands of Palestinians, the people you want to help, are shopping in Israeli supermarkets “

        Irrelevant to the actual legal status of Israel’s internationally recognized sovereign extent and Israel’s illegal activities as the Occupying Power over non-Israeli territories.

        Israel has never legally acquired ANY territories beyond its proclaimed frontiers

        “MY DEAR MR. PRESIDENT: I have the honor to notify you that the state of Israel has been proclaimed as an independent republic within frontiers approved by the General Assembly of the United Nations in its Resolution of November 29, 1947, and that a provisional government has been charged to assume the rights and duties of government for preserving law and order within the boundaries of Israel, for defending the state against external aggression, and for discharging the obligations of Israel to the other nations of the world in accordance with international law. The Act of Independence will become effective at one minute after six o’clock on the evening of 14 May 1948, Washington time.” http://www.trumanlibrary.org/whistlestop/study_collections/israel/large/documents/newPDF/49.pdf

  6. bilal a
    bilal a
    October 29, 2013, 7:09 am

    I’ve heard that Hijab Niqab wearing women are at most risk for abuse of the type here including spitting , tearing off the scarf, etc ; and almost always the sources of this abuse are other women. And one cant think of other female fashions illegal in some countries including Turkey (until recently.)

    Why is the head scarf so offensive to liberal ‘modern’ women?

    .

    • K Renner
      K Renner
      October 29, 2013, 2:20 pm

      I can understand people not liking the niqab, especially considering the sort of people who push to have it as an obligatory garment (salafis, Al Nusra, etc).

      The anti-headscarf abuse is just bigotry, it would seem.
      Because it’s an “obvious Muslim” garment and to some people all Muslims are “evil” or “a fifth column” or “stealth jihadis” or at the very least “monolithic and anti-western”.

      The cretins overlook the fact that there are plenty of Muslim people the world over who see no reason to wear anything particularly religious at all– but that fact doesn’t play into the narrative.

      • bilal a
        bilal a
        November 1, 2013, 11:49 am

        I had a friend whose daughters in their early teens decided they wanted to wear the Niqab, I think as a way of emphasizing their love for the religion , and to distance themselves from the mainstream modernist culture. It is indeed a radical statement to the majority of women who embrace commercial fashion’s materialism and sexual objectification. This is indeed offensive to the global culture.

        But I missed seeing their smiling faces.

  7. Obsidian
    Obsidian
    October 29, 2013, 9:47 am

    What’s Idan Raichal’s crime again?

    • Shmuel
      Shmuel
      October 30, 2013, 2:59 am

      What’s Idan Raichal’s crime again?

      “We certainly see ourselves as ambassadors of Israel in the world, cultural ambassadors, hasbara ambassadors, also in regards to the political conflict.” – Idan Raichel, 2008 (“An interview with Idan Raichel,” translated from Hebrew in online magazine To Australia)….

      As is evident in Idan Raichel’s quotation above, the musician is willingly part of the Brand Israel campaign, which aims to bring arts to the world in order to, in the words of an Israeli foreign ministry official, “show Israel’s prettier face, so we are not thought of purely in the context of war” (“After Gaza, Israel grapples with crisis of isolation,” The New York Times, 18 March 2009)….

      Adalah-NY stated in a recent press release that beyond Raichel’s collusion with the Israeli government’s cynical use of art, he has served in and performed for the Israeli army and actively expressed support for the Israel military during its brutal attacks on Gaza in the winter of 2008-09 and criticized Israelis who refused to serve in the army.

      Raichel’s performance in 2007 in the Israeli settlement Nokdim led to a call for boycott by the Israeli organization Gush Shalom for collaborating with settlements that prevent any possibility of peace (“New Yorkers protest India.Arie concert with Israeli superstar Idan Raichel,” 18 October 2011)….

      Source: http://electronicintifada.net/content/open-door-tour-israeli-apartheid/10531

  8. Obsidian
    Obsidian
    October 30, 2013, 6:08 am

    I still don’t see it.
    The guy performed in a settlement 6 years ago so BDS tries to prevent him from earning a living in 2013?

    If I went to Nokdim six years ago and bought a candy bar from a Jew, than BDS will try to stop me from going to work?

    Better not try.

    • Shmuel
      Shmuel
      October 30, 2013, 6:35 am

      I still don’t see it.

      I didn’t think you would (most of it’s explained in the original post anyway).

      The bottom line is not “buying a candy bar from a Jew”, but Raichel’s use of his art and image to defend (and distract from) Israeli human rights violations. If he were just a guy trying to create art and make a living, he would not be the target of protests.

    • Woody Tanaka
      Woody Tanaka
      October 30, 2013, 7:37 am

      “The guy performed in a settlement 6 years ago so BDS tries to prevent him from earning a living in 2013?”

      Yup. There’s got to be a punishment for such evil acts.

      “Better not try.”

      LMAO. Ohhh, tough guy.

  9. Obsidian
    Obsidian
    October 30, 2013, 7:18 am

    ” If he were just a guy trying to create art and make a living, he would not be the target of protests.”

    Isn’t Rihanna just a guy trying to create art and make a living?
    Look what she got for trying.

    • Shmuel
      Shmuel
      October 30, 2013, 7:44 am

      Isn’t Rihanna just a guy trying to create art and make a living?

      Now you’re just being difficult. She’s being asked not to play in Israel (like artists were asked not to perform in Sun City), not to stop singing.

  10. Obsidian
    Obsidian
    October 30, 2013, 8:01 am

    “She’s being asked not to play in Israel”

    BTW Shmuel.
    When are you going to boycott Chinese goods and Saudi oil?
    They both violate human rights on a larger scale than ‘apartheid’ Israel.

    • Woody Tanaka
      Woody Tanaka
      October 30, 2013, 8:32 am

      “They both violate human rights on a larger scale than ‘apartheid’ Israel.”

      Ah, whataboutery at its finest. Of course, the difference is that in neither the Chinese nor Saudi cases are those offending government parasitic ingrates to the tune of $5 million or so per year plus. Nor are either of those government supposed “democracies” like the zionist entity, which completely justifies making the people of that state suffer for the policies of the government they, themselves put in place.

    • Ellen
      Ellen
      October 30, 2013, 9:16 am

      Whataboutry.. As least you put Israel in the right company.

      Neither China nor KSA reveive billions and billions in US taxes in the form of “aid” and assistance. Neither country demands as as much from the American people and its resources as Israel.

      All American legislators and Senior Administration officials must prostrate themselves to the defense of Israel. Never so with any other country. (Think the Hagel hearings.)

      • Obsidian
        Obsidian
        October 30, 2013, 9:39 am

        “Neither China nor KSA receive billions and billions in US taxes..”

        Right.
        And China and KSA receive untold billions more from Western consumers and hypocrites like you.

      • K Renner
        K Renner
        October 30, 2013, 12:31 pm

        hypocrites accusing people of hypocrisy is always fun.

        It does get tiring to see after a while, though.

      • Obsidian
        Obsidian
        October 30, 2013, 3:05 pm

        Yeah. Israel, KSA and China too.
        But you forgot to add the United States, Great Britain, Russia, etc.

    • Shmuel
      Shmuel
      October 30, 2013, 9:41 am

      When are you going to boycott Chinese goods and Saudi oil?

      Are you working through a checklist, Obsidian?
      1) He didn’t do nuthin’.
      2) Focus on least significant argument.
      3) Make false analogy.
      4) She didn’t do nuthin’.
      5) Look over there.

  11. eljay
    eljay
    October 30, 2013, 8:33 am

    >> When are you going to boycott Chinese goods and Saudi oil?
    >> They both violate human rights on a larger scale than ‘apartheid’ Israel.

    Zio-supremacists seem to think that the presence of serial rapists in society somehow absolves the serial child-molester of his on-going crimes.

    “Israel: We may not be as good as the best but, hey, at least we’re not as bad as the worst!”™

    • Obsidian
      Obsidian
      October 30, 2013, 3:03 pm

      @eljay

      If you want justice, than go after ALL criminals.

      What you want is a lynching, and I swear you will not get one.

      • eljay
        eljay
        October 30, 2013, 7:22 pm

        >> @eljay
        >> If you want justice, than go after ALL criminals.
        >> What you want is a lynching …

        I want all criminals to be held accountable for their crimes.

        You, on the other hand, want the child molester absolved of his ON-GOING crimes simply because the rapist hasn’t been jailed yet for his. That’s a very Zio-supremacist approach to justice.

  12. Obsidian
    Obsidian
    October 30, 2013, 3:00 pm

    ‘Whataboutry’, an anti-Zionist straw man to evade having to admit their hypocrisy.

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