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Rolling Stones are playing Tel Aviv on June 4th. Say it ain’t so Keith. Ronnie Wood says Bob Dylan told them to go. Check out this great video by Dave Lippmanwith graphics by DeeDee Halleck. Build pressure on the Stones.

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  1. bilal a on May 28, 2014, 10:37 am

    video is Borscht belt dreck.

  2. Woody Tanaka on May 28, 2014, 10:39 am

    I’m not really surprised. The Rolling Stones long ago turned into a joke, a bunch of golden oldies who’ll perform for anyone who tossed them a little coin. As for the Kahanist Bob Dylan encouraging them, about par for the course for that racist creep.

    • JustJessetr on May 28, 2014, 9:31 pm

      I’m sure the Stones have heard both sides of the story by now and decided that boycotting Israel is the wrong way to go.

  3. Zach S on May 28, 2014, 10:41 am

    If only the Stones didn’t play music in Israel.

    Hamas and Netanyahu would disappear, the settlers would all magically return to Poland and Russia where they came from, Iran would become a democracy, Lieberman would struck by lightning, and Bashar Assad would step down.

    Peace would reign throughout the region and everyone would sing Kumbaya in drum circles.

    It’s such a tragedy that this opportunity was missed. Millions of people could have been saved from their suffering if only this band didn’t include this city on their tour schedule.

    • Woody Tanaka on May 28, 2014, 11:28 am


      Have you seen the CNN video yet of the terrorists-in-uniform of the I”D”F murdering the Palestinian boy or are you still spreading blood libels??

    • just on May 28, 2014, 11:54 am

      I’ll wager that Iran becomes a democracy long before Israel does. I have much more faith in their youth– besides, they were well on that path until we overthrew Mossadegh.

    • seafoid on May 28, 2014, 12:06 pm

      Shuway shuway does it. I just saw the disappearing Palestine map poster in Zurich train station. Israel is slowly losing Europe. One third of Israel’s exports go to Europe.

      • Kay24 on May 28, 2014, 12:32 pm

        I wish there were some in our nation too. The last time they put some up the zionists and Islamaphobes went berserk. I must say those posters are awesome.
        It truly shows the meanness of Israel without words.

      • karendevito on May 28, 2014, 2:27 pm

        In Vancouver, the Disappearing Palestine maps were stolen three times from a transit station. The transit authority refused to let any members of the Palestine Awareness Committee see the security camera videos, after confirming the theft. Police did nothing.
        It’s not the end of the story– I am guessing the maps will be back. More howling will ensue. More people will become aware. THose maps really bring it home.

    • talknic on May 29, 2014, 12:12 am

      Zach S “If only the Stones didn’t play music in Israel. … Hamas and Netanyahu would disappear, the settlers would all magically return to Poland and Russia where they came from etc etc etc “

      If you say so Pajero. No one else has…

      Say, do you have anything other than straw?

  4. CloakAndDagger on May 28, 2014, 10:45 am

    They sure don’t need the money, and they don’t need power. Why destroy their own legacy for a rogue state? Baffling to say the least…

  5. just on May 28, 2014, 10:59 am

    They must still be on drugs– hallucinogenic ziocaine.

    The video is good– the Stones have plenty of moolah, what they need is a conscience/moral compass— not the filthy lucre from Apartheid/Occupation Israel.

  6. pabelmont on May 28, 2014, 11:06 am

    Stones are like anyone else — go with the flow, go with the money. It takes effort to learn the issues, and it takes going against the flow (boycotting oneself, for many people) to boycott Israel when for so many years the USA’s and world’s power structures have said how terrific Israel is. Also, they may believe that Dylan told them to go, as indeed he may have, and who are they to say him no? [Some of my best friends are Zionists.]

  7. Kay24 on May 28, 2014, 12:13 pm

    The Rolling Stones seems uninformed, and ignorant, about the situation. Or are they so intent on making money, that a brutal occupation, and the suffering of the occupied, are of no consequence? Perhaps that is why they named a song “Heart of Stone”.

    OT but Haaretz reports that the last South Africa’s last President under white rule, F.W. de Klerk, warns Israel risks ending up an apartheid nation too (and HE should know) if it does not agree to peace. I think the anti-semitic attacks by apologists are not working anymore. Last time Reverend Desmond Tutu uttered similar words, he was demonized, and attacked viciously, by the very mean hasbara crowd. Now let’s watch it happen again.

    • MahaneYehude1 on May 28, 2014, 1:13 pm


      The Rolling Stones seems uninformed…

      Bullshit!! be sure that many Israel haters already sent than thousands of email and “informed” them about the apartheid and the ethnic cleansing!! Maybe they don’t believe you.

      • Kay24 on May 28, 2014, 6:08 pm

        Aw, looks like you are a bit sore about this boycott issue. Let me give you some A list entertainers, who seems more “informed” about the brutal occupation, and human rights violations, Israel is responsible for.
        This list includes the world renowned top Scientist, who is used his intelligence and decided to boycott a much deserving nation.
        The Rolling Stones have still not decided if they are going to zioland
        or not, so do not be so sure about it.

        “British physicist Professor Stephen Hawking has announced his withdrawal from the upcoming Israeli conference in Jerusalem as part of an academic boycott to protest Israel’s treatment of Palestinians.

        After initially agreeing to attend the Israeli Presidential Conference, hosted by Israeli President Shimon Peres, the world-renowned scientist has now changed his mind.

        According to a statement by the British Committee for the Universities of Palestine, Hawking’s move was “his independent decision to respect the boycott, based upon his knowledge of Palestine and on the unanimous advice of his own academic contacts there.”

        Emma Thompson
        Ken Loach
        Julianne Moore
        Elvis Costello
        Dustin Hoffman
        Meg Ryan
        Stevie Wonder
        Richard Gere
        and more

      • JustJessetr on May 28, 2014, 9:28 pm

        “The Rolling Stones have still not decided if they are going to zioland
        or not, so do not be so sure about it.”

        Uhm, sorry!

  8. on May 28, 2014, 12:41 pm

    Dear Mick;

    When Israel’s occupation began, Their Satanic Majesties Request had yet to be released. You were a very young man, not yet a street-fighting man, but soon to be. Now, you are as old as the hills, the fight has long since left you, and Israel’s occupation continues apace.

    The Stones aren’t playing Israel. You are.

    It’s the perfect venue.

  9. libra on May 28, 2014, 1:08 pm

    I’m shocked that such an anti-establishment figure as Sir Michael Jagger, together with his roving band of multimillionaire minstrels, would perform in Israel.

    That said, I hope he’s learned the lesson of Altamont and hasn’t hired the IDF for concert security.

  10. MahaneYehude1 on May 28, 2014, 1:10 pm

    Welcome to Israel, Rolling Stones!!

    In these hours, Justin Timberlake is performing in Tel-Aviv Israel. I hope my daughter is enjoying the show. Welcome to Israel, Justin!!

    It seems to me that the important artists don’t believe you all!!

    • pjdude on May 29, 2014, 2:43 am

      I’m sorry but having bieber play in your country isn’t something to be proud of

      • pjdude on May 29, 2014, 2:43 am

        Sorry timberlake. It’s been a long night

      • just on May 29, 2014, 8:28 am

        bieber/timberlake- common confusion……both hugely overrated, imho. I’ll take Roger Waters any day…

        Both Justins ‘played’ Israel. Cha- ching– oh, the sound of those shekels!

    • jon s on May 29, 2014, 2:46 am

      Well , MahaneYehuda1, MY daughter is going to the Stones, despite the cost:

      • Walid on May 29, 2014, 4:12 am

        jon, unless your daughter is over 40, I can’t understand why she would want to. All this nostalgia stuff is nauseating.

  11. StCuthbert on May 28, 2014, 1:46 pm

    By choosing to play in apartheid Israel, this band has compromised their moral integrity and chosen sides in this conflict. The consequences of that decision are on their heads alone.

  12. JohnAdamTurnbull on May 28, 2014, 2:24 pm

    Maybe this would help the Stones come to a better decision. It’s the best educational piece I’ve seen in many weeks.

    (And thanks to Pamela Olsen for bringing it to my attention.)

  13. JusticeForPalestine on May 28, 2014, 2:47 pm

    Oh my gosh. Not just the Stones but also Dylan?!? Both bands have been a huge part of my life and identity since I was a little boy. I have collected their albums, learned to play a lot of their music myself and, most importantly, looked up to them — especially Dylan.

    That all stops today.

    I had been looking forward to introducing my young child to all of that great old music, which “changed a generation.”

    But now, the first and only thing that I ever will tell the next generation of music listeners about The Rolling Stones and Bob Dylan going forward is that they are a bunch of rich old men who support an Apartheid state.

    Would they also have played for Hitler for enough gold? I think so. “Never again.”

    • Ellen on May 29, 2014, 4:26 am


      Both the Stones and Dylan produced in their early days and of the times some good music. We’ll see if it survives the test of time and taste.

      They changed nothing, but were responding and selling to societal changes well under way. (the lunch counter protests and freedom rides changed more than those poseurs of the record industry.) They were products of the harsh pop culture music business. Products for consumption. Jagger, after all, studied at the London School of Economics.

      Yes, they are a bunch of trashy rich old men who are no different that an Adelson or Sterling who also became very rich off the entertainment industry. They have contributed nothing and all support the slow genocide of a people with their position and wealth.

  14. on May 28, 2014, 3:47 pm

    Can anyone please tell me where to buy BDS t-shirts for me and my family ? Thank you. I have looked on the internet and cannot find a source.

    • NickJOCW on May 29, 2014, 6:19 am

      I’m a bit too old for t-shirts but I’ve taken to wearing a keffiyeh (no, on my shoulders!) and it provokes a lot of conversations.

      • just on May 29, 2014, 6:47 am

        Agreed, Nick. I’ve been wearing one as a scarf for years……I get far more questions in the past few years than before. More people seem to be beginning to wake up… or are at least curious.

  15. pipistro on May 28, 2014, 7:18 pm

    Jumping Jack Cash

  16. Keith on May 28, 2014, 9:52 pm

    This situation is hardly as shocking as it may first appear to some. Images die hard. These aren’t the same struggling musicians starting out. They are highly successful media personalities and businessmen. They are solidly within the 1% and behave accordingly. And it is hard to imagine any of these rock superstars boycotting Israel while honoring Western troops on memorial day. And don’t forget that empire’s crimes far surpass what Israel has done, reprehensible though that is. Hypocrisy runs deep. Ongoing, staunch opposition to empire virtually insures commercial failure, and these stars are driven to succeed. Hardly role models, their carefully crafted images notwithstanding.

  17. DICKERSON3870 on May 28, 2014, 10:16 pm

    RE: “Rolling Stones are playing Tel Aviv on June 4th. Say it ain’t so Keith. Ronnie Wood says Bob Dylan told them to go. ~ Annie Robbins and Phil Weiss

    MY COMMENT: If the Rolling Stones trust the judgement of Chabadnik/Lubavitcher Bob Dylan, that’s their problem! It wouldn’t surprise me if, as a consequence of their following in the wake of Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones end up singing the outhouse blues.*
    Frankly, I suspect that at least since he fell head over heels for Chabad (if not before), Bob Dylan has gone cuckoo for a lot more than just Cocoa Puffs [YouTube VIDEO, 00:30]!
    I might add that since I have read that the CIA supported the Lubavitchers/Chabadniks back during the cold war in an effort to destabilize the the Soviet Union, it appears that Bob Dylan has truly gone over to the dark side.

    * SEE: “Bob Dylan’s neighbors sing outhouse blues”, by Bob Pool, L.A. Times, March 17, 2009
    Malibu residents say wind-borne odors from a portable toilet at the singer’s compound are making them ill.

    How sweet is life when you live next to a celebrity in Malibu?

    Outside Bob Dylan’s house, the answer, my friend, is blowin’ in the wind.

    That’s what some of the singer-songwriter’s neighbors are charging in an increasingly odoriferous dispute over a portable toilet at his sprawling ocean view estate on Point Dume.

    Residents contend that the nighttime sea breeze sends a noxious odor from a portable toilet on Dylan’s property wafting into their homes. The stench has made members of one family ill and forced them to abandon their bedrooms on warm nights, they say.

    For more than six months, Dylan, 67, has ignored their complaints and their pleas to remove the outhouse, the downwind neighbors say.

    “It’s a scandal — ‘Mr. Civil Rights’ is killing our civil rights,” said David Emminger, whose home is directly behind the toilet — which is apparently intended for use by employees of the entertainer best known for his 1960s-era protest songs.

    Emminger and his wife have installed five industrial-sized fans in their frontyard in an attempt to blow the odor back at Dylan.
    They say the fans are no match for the ocean breeze that sweeps across the singer’s land, however.

    Dylan, who has lived in a compound next to Bluewater Road for more than two decades, did not respond to inquiries about the toilet. Neither did his New York-based attorney.

    Malibu officials said they are investigating the complaint. As a result, they are unable to discuss the issue, they said. . .


    P.S. ALSO SEE: “Bob Dylan turns 70; still hasn’t Recanted Praise for Rabbi Meir Kahane”, by Amago,, 5/24/11
    LINK –

  18. Palikari on May 29, 2014, 1:05 am

    Rolling Stomes, welcome to Israel!

  19. NickJOCW on May 29, 2014, 5:21 am

    They don’t book venues themselves. I doubt they even know or care where they go.

    What day is it?
    Thursday? This must be Tel Aviv. Where’s that?

    My guess is they’ll back out. Not in sympathy with the Palestinians but to avoid hassle.

    • Ellen on May 29, 2014, 6:04 am

      No way they will back out. Unless their lawyers can find them a loophole, it will cost them a fortune to break a contractual obligation.

      They contracted with promoters, etc. to deliver the concert and will do so.

      They want the money.

      I can’t imagine worse entertainment than a bunch of middle aged folks gettin’ down at a concert by a bunch of tired ragged out old guys crooning pop hits of 45 years ago. It’s not a pretty sight.

      • NickJOCW on May 29, 2014, 6:39 am

        You’re probably right; I’m a bit of a romantic.

      • JustJessetr on May 29, 2014, 8:53 am

        Think what you want about the Rolling Stones politics, but for people here to keep criticizing them for being “old” and “middle-aged” stands out as age-ist.

        The Blues musicians whom the Stones borrow from (sorry, stole from actually), were playing and creating well into their 90’s. “Old” and “middle-aged” improved the quality of their music. The Stones have continued in this tradition. You can posture all you like about hating their music, but I hope no one slams your creative efforts once you can’t get by on your young looks anymore. You’re only using those age-ist terms because they’re playing in Israel. If they were playing Madison Square Garden, you wouldn’t be hurling such trite and sad insults. So in effect, you heap abuse on them on the backs of the elderly, most of who already have enough problems in life just getting by.

      • just on May 29, 2014, 9:01 am

        You have a point, JJ.

      • Woody Tanaka on May 29, 2014, 9:45 am

        “You can posture all you like about hating their music, but I hope no one slams your creative efforts once you can’t get by on your young looks anymore.”

        You are kidding yourself if you believe that the Rolling Stones have engaged and creative activity any time in the last, say, 25 years. They are still on stage singing the same songs that they wrote back in the 1960’s. this is not about creating in the old blues tradition. This is about monetizing people’s sense of nostalgia. Nothing more.

        And, no, someone should not be criticizing these people simply for being old. That is something, unfortunately, that will happen to everyone. However, I do not believe that it is out of bounds to note that as the Rolling Stones got older, their creativity ossified and they turned into a joke: septuagenarians mouthing the words of 20-year-olds.

        “You’re only using those age-ist terms because they’re playing in Israel. If they were playing Madison Square Garden,”

        I can’t speak for anyone else, but I have been critical of the Rolling Stones for more than a few years, then it has nothing to do with where they are playing.

      • JustJessetr on May 29, 2014, 8:47 pm

        @ Woody.

        A response isn’t an answer. You just come out sounding like someone who needs to be right.

        The Stones, especially Keith Richards and Ron Wood, have been very creative in recent years. You just need to bash them because they’re playing in Israel and you’ll use age just like every other cudgel you can find. Too bad, because they’re set to play Tel Aviv. But that’s OK, you don’t have to go see them because they’re old.

      • Ellen on May 29, 2014, 3:35 pm

        Like I said, they produced some good music in their early days.

        But I think we will agree that they repackaged some of the really great music of Muddy Waters, Willie May Thorton (you ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog) and others and repackaged it with the record companies to make it acceptable for consumption for suburban white kids of the 60s and 70s.

        Without these white boys from the UK to sell it, that US delta sound never would have have been aired on the radio.

      • Ellen on May 29, 2014, 3:47 pm

        Did the stones ever credit their mentor Sister Rosetta Tharp ?

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