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Who and What is Behind the Pro-Israel ‘Boycott Israel’ Video (Video)

"Here Is Israel" hopes viewers will see that focusing solely on demonizing Israel isn't just unfair to Israel, it is a betrayal of their best intentions.The video arms potential anti-Israel activists against turning into unwitting hypocrites, instead of what they really want, to be advocates for just causes.

Here is Israel's video, "Boycott Israel" helps arm potential anti-Israel advocates to avoid being unwitting hypocrites.

Here is Israel's video, "Boycott Israel" helps arm potential anti-Israel advocates to avoid being unwitting hypocrites.
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A music video called “Boycott Israel” went viral last week.  Stop groaning, this one exposes the hypocrisy behind the boycott Israel movement rampant on some campuses, and which is slowly seeping into the high schools.

This video, made by “Here is Israel,” goes to great length, cleverly, to expose the hypocrisy of all those anti-Israel “activists” attacking Israel, while ignoring scores of horrific, certified abuses in dozens of other countries.

The refrain is:

Boycott Israel, if you think that’s just/ But unless you have double standard you must/ Also boycott the rest of the nations/ With allegations of human rights violations/ We’re not perfect but if you think we’re the worst/ First take a look at the rest of the earth/ Don’t pick and choose to pick on the Jews/ Pick up the paper and read the news/

Ahem.  Yeah.

In perfect reggae cadence the hip hop/reggae/musician, spoken word performance artist Ari Lesser rat-a-tats and rhymes his phrases.  He lines up what Israel does, and then challenges the Israel attackers to justify not focusing their laser beams of hatred on, oh, say, “North Korea, I don’t think you’ll see-uh a country unfree-ah,” or how about “Boycott Japan/ slaughtering thousands/Of helpless innocent whales and dolphins.”

Lesser goes after the expected villians such as Cambodia, China, Syria and Saudi Arabia. But how many who congratulate themselves for being up on human rights wrongs realize how shut down freedom is in Belarus, or the deaths caused by pesticides in beautiful Costa Rica, or that in Ecuador, the indigenous people have had the land confiscated?

And Lesser doesn’t allow his own home country, the USA, off the hook.  The USA gets a dishonorable mention for the detentions at Guantanamo Bay.

So who is behind this incredibly catchy, well-researched music video that appeals to the very audience so likely to grab on to the global hate Israel craze, without demanding too much background information?

The Jewish Press spoke with those involved with Here is Israel on Monday, October 14.  We wanted to know whether it made sense to title a video that actually opposes boycotting the Jewish State, “Boycott Israel.”

“There was some controversy around giving the video that name, yeah,” Chloé Simone Valdary, director of promotions, marketing and branding for “Here is Israel” acknowledged. “But here’s the thing, the BDS movement [economic and legal warfare movement against Israel] is growing on certain campuses in the Northeast and in the West.

“And what irks pro-Israel activists the most is the hypocrisy of all those promoting BDS without really having any understanding of what goes on in the world.”

“We wanted to attack the hypocrisy, but not in a preachy way.  We knew it had to be edgy but still educational,” Valdary explained.

Valdary speaks from experience.  An African American Christian student from the University of New Orleans, Valdary burst onto the national scene last year with her very visible activity and leadership of NOLU’s Allies for Israel.  And she hasn’t stopped her dynamism on behalf of the Jewish State.  She’s stepped up her activities and involvement with a broad range of pro-Israel organizations on campuses across the United States. She’s also visited Israel several times over the past year.

CREATOR OF HERE IS ISRAEL

The west coast’s Darin Weiss sought to utilize his expertise in film and production to support Israel in a way that wasn’t being adequately plumbed. What animates Here is Israel is the promotion of Israel through art, music and film.  It is an Israel advocacy organization, but it will not just be fighting against anti-Israel propaganda.  Some of its productions will simply be promotion and raw celebration of Israeli culture.

When Darin Weiss was putting together his concept for a new Israel advocacy organization several months ago, Valdary was one person to whom he turned.  They connected in July, and “Here is Israel” went live in September.

For the lyrics, performance and musicality, Weiss turned to Ari Lesser and Yirmiyahu BenZion.

THE CREATION OF THE VIDEO

The song “Boycott Israel” was written and performed by Ari Lesser, an American musician with a long background in hip hop, rap and reggae music.

“Music has the power to catch people, to affect them, to allow them to step back and realize, Whoa! I’ve been brainwashed into thinking Israel is a demon among nations,” Lesser explained to The Jewish Press.

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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9 Responses to “Who and What is Behind the Pro-Israel ‘Boycott Israel’ Video (Video)”

  1. Jerry Gordon says:

    Great stuff Lori. This HereisIsrael video beats 20 minutes of boring hasbara trying to combat the BDS robo nudniks. Great for the high school and college crowd. Gets the message out in less than six minutes to boot. Catchy Reggae beat, too. Nails it. looks like this lil jewel could go viral. Way to go Ari Lesser

  2. Jerry Gordon says:

    Great stuff Lori. This HereisIsrael video beats 20 minutes of boring hasbara trying to combat the BDS robo nudniks. Great for the high school and college crowd. Gets the message out in less than six minutes to boot. Catchy Reggae beat, too. Nails it. looks like this lil jewel could go viral. Way to go Ari Lesser

  3. Sarah Stern says:

    Excellent work, Lori. We have been circulating the video all around to help it go viral.

  4. Patrick G. Rooney says:

    Logic and consistency based upon sound values is not widely practiced this century. This video is great Jerry.

  5. Lori where do I get a copy of the video. I am an a Israeli citizen

  6. David Ifergan says:

    Keep going.. you are doing holy work

  7. I have had the privilege on many occasions to witness these two musical talents working together to create powerful and inspiring tunes. They have a unique kind of connection as artists and this allows them to really draw down some amazing music. Much, much more to come G-d willing!!!

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