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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. The biggest gag her is calling Gottlieb "Rabbi".

  2. Louise Bigbee says:

    Way to go Rolling Stones,, I two stand for Israel,

  3. Alan Kardon says:

    Boycott Lynn Gottlieb and her followers.

  4. Pete DeMondo says:

    They had to quote a FAKE Rabbi! HA HA, They might as well have quoted Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, leader of Iran.

  5. Christian Elles says:

    Good going Rolling Stones!

  6. Pete DeMondo says:

    It is nice to see a pop band do something that pisses off the communist/socialist dopers.

  7. Jed Dunkin says:

    What I would like to know is where did this Gottlieb get her facts that most of the Rolling Stones fans are anti Israel, can she she prove that?

  8. Alan Kardon says:

    Read the last line,
    This has been a Purim prank…

  9. Rob Kabakoff says:

    Let's spend the night together…

  10. Laco Tomko says:

    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.

  11. They are definately not painting it black! Looking old but still great!

  12. Rob Kabakoff says:

    As far as rock'n roll, there's the Rolling Stones and then there's everyone else.

  13. Shelley Squires says:

    I'm proud to say I've always been a fan of the Rolling Stones and now I'm an even bigger fan!

  14. Gail Nelson says:

    The only way Israel can get the Stones, is by a prank.

  15. Rob Kabakoff says:

    May be. So why not have the "Palestinian" Arabs give it a try? I'm sure the Mick would love a tour of Gaza, Damascus or Cairo about now. Maybe even Mecca, Beirut, Baghdad or Tripoli.. what ya thinkin'? Sound like fun?

  16. SHIMON PERES IS A 'STONER'?! YOU MUST MEAN 'A FAN OF THE ROLLING STONES BAND', BECAUSE WHERE I AM FROM THAT'S CALLING SOMEONE A-DOPER- (dope addict) BRING YOURSELF MORE -UP TO DATE- ON SLANG; OK.?

  17. I JUST REALIZED THAT THE STATE OF ISRAEL IS ONLY 3 YEARS PLDER THAN I. M FATHER FOUGHT IN WWII; AND SO WHEN HE CAME BACK FROM THE WAR; MY SISTER AND I , THEN MY YOUNGER BROTHER WERE BORN. THAT IS WHEN THE WAR ACTUALLY AFFECTED OUR FAMILY.(OR THAT I KNEW IT AFFECTED OUR FAMILY)

  18. Justin Ubert says:

    This has been a Purim prank…

    This was at the bottom of the article. Presumably this is an Israeli version of "The Onion" and is a joke…

  19. Lynn Gottlieb is an idiot and coward! Yasher Koach to the Rolling Stones. I am proud to be one of their fans and proud of their stand again those who would destroy peace.

  20. Looks like the joke is on you.

  21. go on with the concert, I support the concert! ( Ruby Tuesday, Satisfaction).

  22. Lara Davis-Semenoff says:

    Didn't think I could like the Stones anymore than I did. But now I know it is possible. Good for them for not caving in. Awesome.

  23. Lara Davis-Semenoff says:

    Didn't think I could like the Stones anymore than I did. But now I know it is possible. Good for them for not caving in. Awesome.

  24. Matthias Hinrichsen says:

    Is that article a fake or true?

  25. Matthias Hinrichsen says:

    Is that article a fake or true?

  26. Bill Shelton says:

    I love these guys. They are Stand-Up fellas. My respect for them has multiplied once again.

  27. "This has been a Purim prank…".

    It is this column a joke/hoax? Apparently the whole column is a joke!

  28. Paula Kate Meserole says:

    I stand with and for Israel….always have and always will.

  29. Paula Kate Meserole says:

    Way to go Rolling Stones! Way to go!

  30. GOOD FOR THE STONES…SOLIDARITY WITH ISRAEL!

  31. The Stones are really in Israel to get longevity therapy for another 100 years.

  32. זאת ממש בדיחה רעה……

  33. Cassie Phillips says:

    Purim is a time for practical jokes.

  34. What a mean prank…Sincerely, a Stones fan.

  35. lo sto leggendo anche io in questo momento !!!!

  36. Les Le Gear says:

    And don't forget the islamofascists.

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