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Rolling Stones Finally Choose Israel over BDS

The Rolling Stones are not Jewish, Zionists or the model of holiness, but if it is bad for BDS, it is good for Israel.

Charlie Watts, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Mick Jagger will appear in Tel Aviv just as the holiday of Shavuot ends.

Charlie Watts, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Mick Jagger will appear in Tel Aviv just as the holiday of Shavuot ends.
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It’s all over but the singing.

The long-rumored but often-doubted appearance of the Rolling Stones now is official. Mark the calendar, June 4, just about the same minute that the holiday of Shavuot ends.

The timing with the end of the holiday which celebrates the giving of the Torah to the People of Israel is one of the greatest contrasts of values possible. Moses’ going up on Mt. Sinai to receive the Torah is one of the most remarkable and holy events in the history of the world.

It would be nice if the Rolling Stones would begin their concert with Havdalah, the prayer that signals the end of a holiday or Sabbath, but “but you can’t always get what you want.”

Without any sneers at the quality of the Rolling Stones’ music and multi-media extravaganzas, their lyrics and antics are not where I would want my good Jewish children to be, but then again, I would have a problem with Frank Sinatra, also.

Israel really can do without the Rolling Stones although it will bring in a lot of shekels for the agents, parking attendants, transportation companies and hawkers.

June will not be a quiet month in Tel Aviv, which also has scheduled a two-day rock festival in mid-June with the Pixies, making their first appearance in Israel, the Hives and Soundgarden, whose lead singer Chris Cornell’s has performed solo in Israel.

Lady Gaga, Beyonce, Neil Young and Miley Cyprus also are scheduled to appear in Israel this year.

Avraham Fried also will probably be around, but how can he be mentioned in the same breath with degeneration, with the exception of Neil Young.

Speaking of degenerates, the Boycott, Disinvestment and Sanction Movement must be having conniptions at the thought of the Stones performing in Israel and not Gaza.

The Israeli producer of the concert will be Shuki Weiss, who told a press conference Tuesday, “It’s the first time in 35 years that I have no words to describe the enormity of this event. This is a historic moment.”

A ticket will cost somewhere around $175 for the plain folks, and a bit more than $800 for the VIPs.

I think I will skip it, thank you. I covered the Stones’ concert back in the 1970s with a freebie ticket. I admit it was an extravaganza, but beyond that, I think I would rather be part of the throng at Mt. Sinai.

Rest assured, the Boycott Israel crowd won’t be in synagogue on Shavuot and won’t be at the Stones concert in Tel Aviv when the holiday is over.

Last week, The Jewish Press dared the BDS Movement to boycott Whirlpool, the giant appliance conglomerate whose subsidiary KitchenAid is working with SodaStream, one of the favorite targets of Boycott Israel.

Okay, BDS, show your stuff and boycott the Stones.

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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11 Responses to “Rolling Stones Finally Choose Israel over BDS”

  1. Boy do they look OLD. (Of course, I realize what that means about those of us looking at them, and who have been looking at them since we thought they were a cheap substitute for the Beatles.)

    OTOH, as the children say, it's terrific that they're coming to Israel, if only because it will incense our enemies.

  2. Dan Silagi says:

    I'm taking a poll in the office as to who is the ugliest guy in the band. So far the leader is Keith, by a nose. But they're still the greatest band ever.

  3. Anonymous says:

    "It would be nice if the Rolling Stones would begin their concert with Havdalah, the prayer that signals the end of a holiday or Sabbath, but you can’t have everything." True. But wouldn't the better line have been "but you can't always get what you want"?

  4. Kudos to the Stones – much respect and admiration for them.

  5. Larry Rosen says:

    Thanks Rolling Stones. Wish I could be there!

  6. Right you are and thanks.

  7. Bravo Rolling Stones, for beeing independent and decidíng to go to Israel.

  8. Andrew Toth says:

    I believe that the Rolling Stones concert is a gift from God, I have seen them twice in the past 10 years and I am very much intrigued with the lyrics and global view they bring to the new generations. I pray I can get a ticket as I will be in the city June 4th., God Made Everything is an old Rolling Stones song that never got air play simply because it ran against the grain of what the Stones were being sold for. But yet they wrote it; and from what I read they are believers, Not Saints but sinners like everyone of us. Good On You!! Andrew Toth

  9. I think it's real this time!

  10. Good for the Rolling Stones!

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