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Defying Boycotts, Jagger, Stones, to Honor Israel’s 65th Birthday

Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb says it's "a huge mistake" for the band.
Charlie Watts, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Mick Jagger of The Rolling Stones presenting Israel's official symbol.

Charlie Watts, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Mick Jagger will appear in Tel Aviv just as the holiday of Shavuot ends.
Photo Credit: Yori Yanover based on Kyle Blair/WENN.com image.

Despite a barrage of attacks from British, European and U.S. Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) groups, the Rolling Stones will perform their planned concert in Jerusalem on Israel’s Independence Day, Monday, April 15.

“We’ve been slammed and smacked and twittered a lot by the anti-Israeli side,” said Mick Jagger, the band’s leader and most recognizable member since 1963. “All I can say is: anything worth doing is worth overdoing. So we decided to add a concert on Tuesday.”

Needless to say, tickets to both concerts, Monday night in Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem and Tuesday night in Bloomfield Stadium, Tel Aviv, have been sold out even as Jagger was speaking.

“This is a huge mistake for the Stones,” declared BDS proponent Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb. “They stand to lose a lot of money as a result of showing solidarity with Zionism, because their most devoted fans also support boycotting Israel.”

“I don’t really count myself as a very sophisticated businessperson,” Jagger responded when asked if the Israel concerts are a bad move business wise. “I’m a creative artist. All I know from business I’ve picked up along the way.”

Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood will all arrive in Jerusalem on Thursday, ahead of their opening concert, to meet President Shimon Peres who says he’s been a stoner for ages.

“When ‘Get Off of My Cloud’ came out, Dayan brought me the single from London,” Peres told Haaretz. “We played it for hours in the office until Paula Ben Gurion threatened to throw us out.”

David Ben Gurion’s wife, Paula, was a Kinks fan.

This has been a Purim prank…

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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58 Responses to “Defying Boycotts, Jagger, Stones, to Honor Israel’s 65th Birthday”

  1. Manu Caya says:

    nazislamists lost… way to go Rolling Stones! I'm going to buy their whole albums right now…

  2. Love Israel Love Jagger Love Stones xxxx

  3. Love Israel Love Jagger Love Stones xxxx

  4. This really sounded believable until the last two paragraphs. But I should have known this was a prank. The notion that the Rolling Stones or any other performers would be that principled is naive to believe. I also should have known based on the obvious photoshopped Israeli symbol placed in the picture.

  5. Heshy Rosenwasser says:

    STOP TAKING THIS AT FACE VALUE, PEOPLE. IT WAS A PURIM PRANK. READ THE LAST LINE.

  6. Joshua Namm says:

    Purim Spiel!

  7. Joshua Namm says:

    Purim Shpiel!

  8. MICK JAGGER IN ISRAEL…THANKS…NO ESPERARIAMOS MENOS DE TI…LOS JUDIOS SOMOS COMO TU ROLLING STONES…HASTA QUE VOLVIMOS A LA TIERRA QUE EL NOS DIO…

  9. John Wilde says:

    I have made fun of the Stones in the past….But I stand with you now!

  10. John Wilde says:

    I have made fun of the Stones in the past….But I stand with you now!

  11. John Wilde says:

    I have made fun of the Stones in the past….But I stand with you now!

  12. David Blauer says:

    It's a Hoax people! The photoshopping of the menorah banner is particularly crude.

  13. Opher Aviran says:

    Great Artists and Performers celebrate Israel's 65 Independence. Bravo!

  14. Jimmy Z Zulz says:

    I believe the article may be true, but the photo is entirely faked.

  15. &^*%#@&^%^&!%&^ !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  16. I was already preparing my trip to Israel !!!!!! uffffffffff … :D :D D !!!!

  17. Alan Collins says:

    Good going lads..bringing "Satisfaction" to a lot of people.

  18. Thank God for The Rolling Stones! I stand for Israel too!

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