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German Jews Urge Boycott of Roger Waters

Saturday, August 31st, 2013

Dusseldorf’s Jewish community is pushing for a boycott of a Roger Waters concert in their city.

Waters, the 69-year-old co-founder of the classic rock group Pink Floyd, has been widely criticized for his anti-Israel activities. At a concert in Brussels in July, Waters floated a giant pig balloon emblazoned with a Star of David, among other symbols. Waters has also called on musicians to boycott Israel over its treatment of the Palestinians.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Rabbi Abraham Cooper called Waters “an open hater of Jews.” And the Anti-Defamation League’s Abraham Foxman, in an open letter to Waters earlier this month, said his “views on Israel are in fact colored by offensive and dangerous undercurrents of anti-Jewish sentiment.”

According to German news reports, the Dusseldorf community is calling for a boycott of the concerts scheduled for Sept. 4 in Berlin and Sept. 6 in Dusseldorf.

Michael Szentei-Heise, the Dusseldorf community’s general manager, was cited in Der Spiegel as calling Waters “a spiritual arsonist who should not be given a forum in our city.” He said the stage set was reminiscent of Nazi Party rallies and propaganda. It would be “scary if tens of thousands attend this event and celebrate, dance and applaud to Roger Waters’ music despite the anti-Semitic and Nazi symbolism.”

Waters has told reporters that he uses numerous symbols on his set, and that he has many Jewish friends and even some family members. His sole concern is to protest war and fascism, he says. Earlier this month Waters drew some 28,000 fans to his Frankfurt concert.

Not long afterwards, Israeli supermodel Bar Rafaeli demanded that Waters remove her image from video art displayed at his shows. According to the Telegraph, she tweeted in Hebrew: “If you’re boycotting, go all the way.”

Frankfurt-based pro-Israel activist Sacha Stawski, in publicizing the Dusseldorf protest via e-mail, praised the community for taking a stand and suggested that Berlin Jews do the same, particularly given the venue. Waters is slated to play the huge Olympic stadium, which “is particularly reminiscent of the Third Reich party rallies.”

“One hopes,” Stawski wrote, “that there would be protests coming from Berlin, too, and maybe even charges filed [against Waters] for incitement of hate, because that’s exactly what’s going on here.”

IDF, Religious Students Oppose Supermodel in Pro-Israel Ads

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Israeli military officers and religious students are objecting to the selection of supermodel Bar Refaeli as part of an ad campaign to raise Israel’s public image.

Brig. Gen. Yoav Mordechai, a spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces, wrote the Foreign Ministry a critical letter of its choice of Refaeli, pointing out that she did not serve in the Israeli military.

“The choice of a representative who did not serve in the military as an official presenter on behalf of Israel conveys the message that we ignore and forgive evasion of enlistment, and encourages identification, among youths of both sexes with the success of those who did not enlist,” Mordechai wrote.

Refaeli married a family friend in 2007 in order to avoid conscription and continue her modeling career.

National religious students, virtually all of whom serve in the IDF, also have objected to Refaeli’s participation. Haredi students objected on the basis that she does not represent the Israeli public because she had a high-profile relationship with the non-Jewish actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

Israeli Innovations Changing the Jewish World for Purim

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

Israel is a Startup Nation. Here are a series of new innovations coming out of Israel making life better, easier, and more fulfilling for Jews around the world.

Israeli optical corporation OROT has developed a special set of glasses meant to provide quality of life to Hareidi sufferers around the world.  Custom-designed to fit males above the age of 13, the new lenses include state-of-the-art technology to place the image of a burka (body veil) over the images of women seen through the glasses.  Expected to hit the market in time for the summer, they are currently available for pre-order in Beit Shemesh.
Beauty giant Estee Lauder and famed Jewish activist Nadia Matar of Women in Green are teaming up to create a first-of-its-kind perfume.  “Settler” combines the aroma of olive and cedar trees, the scents of rain, earth, and broken rock, and splashes of wild poppy fragrance.  Packaged in bottles made of the remnants of caravans torn down by the government in Amona, Migron, and Havat Gilad, they are all slightly dented, after having arrived from the factory to the store through a series of trempim (hitchhikes).
Settler Woman” will include notes of 100% whole wheat challah (from flour grown in Bat Ayin), while “Settler Man” purveys a hint of 30-day-worn tzitzit (wool, with techelet).  The ad campaign, entitled “Settler: The Scent of the Hilltops”, will feature Bar Refaeli, with music by Sinai Tor.  For sale starting on Jerusalem Day 5772, it will be available throughout Judea, Samaria and the Golan, as well as Christian communities throughout the American South.
Concerned about committing the Torah-forbidden sin of embarrassing your host, yet concerned about eating an inferior Badatz hechsher?  The new “Hechsher Sniffer” is an inconspicuous device worn on the lapel which detects the various Badatz hechshers used in a food about to be consumed.  Worn as a pin (options include “Moshiach Now”, which is black “Kiss Me, I’m Litvish”, which is also black and “I Love Issurs”, which is in black for the fashion-forward) and accompanying earpiece, “Hechsher Sniffer” whispers the names of the hechsherim present in a food placed in front of the pin.
Additional software can be installed to offer excuses as to why food placed on the wearers plate will not be consumed by the wearer.  Excuses include “I’m Fleishig/Milchigs”, “I have Celiac” and “If I ate this, my wife might get jealous that I love it so much.  No, really”.  Audio software is currently available in Borough Park, Williamsburg, Mea Shearim and Bnei Barak dialects.  Versions which detect non-Badatz hechshers will not be developed – if your host didn’t eat Badatz, you wouldn’t be friends with him anyway, so what’s the point?
For English-speaking immigrants to Israel, a new product to thwart the pesky problem of relatives and friends who insult the Holy Land.  Dibat HaAretz Drops are a tasteless, odorless food additive which produces flatulence when exposed to untoward commentary about Israel, Israelis, or aliyah.   Seven drops in any food will remain effective for 18 hours, and produce instant turgidness when any unfavorable statements are made about schooling, Torah, livelihood, or politics in Israel by the ingestor.  Serving a double effect, the drops are both meant to provide subtle Pavlovian conditioning in the unsuspecting consumer, while also rendering him unsavory and unpopular in his surroundings.
iPhone’s new Shidduch App has earned 18 million dollars in the first day of sales, providing users with instant assurance as to whether a marriage prospect is appropriate.  Settings are availabe for Ashkenazi and Sephardic couples.  The Ashkenazi service includes instant readings on a wide array of topics such as “Will she get along with my mother”, “will her kugels be good enough for the Kiddush Club”, and Fashion Costs Predictor for the men, as well as women’s features such as Gemara aptitude measuring device “Learn-o-meter“, Dvar Torah aptitude device “Talk-o-meter” and portrait-posing aptitude measuring device “Pict-o-meter”.  The Sephardic service compares the woman’s Moroccan fish with that of the man’s mother, and the man’s temper with that of the girl’s father.
All app users can avail themselves of the Shana Rishona calculator, which determines the likelihood of the match to thrive in relationship to the amount of financial support the parents are willing to provide, and the proximity of the couple’s new home to that of each of their parents.

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