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Matisyahu Responds to Spain and BDSers

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

Nearly everyone you would expect to know already knows that the Jewish musician known as Matisyahu was invited to leave a music festival in the Spanish port city of Valencia. The organizers of Rototom, the 22nd European Reggae Festival kept pressuring him to make a political statement, the booted him when he refused to express support for the creation of a Palestinian Arab state.

There has been much speculation about exactly what happened and what was Matisyahu’s response.

Here is what Matisyahu said about it:

The festival organizers contacted me because they were getting pressure from the BDS movement. They wanted me to write a letter, or make a video, stating my positions on Zionism and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to pacify the BDS people. I support peace and compassion for all people. My music speaks for itself, and I do not insert politics into my music. Music has the power to transcend the intellect, ideas, and politics, and it can unite people in the process. The festival kept insisting that I clarify my personal views; which felt like clear pressure to agree with the BDS political agenda. Honestly it was appalling and offensive, that as the one publicly Jewish-American artist scheduled for the festival they were trying to coerce me into political statements. Were any of the other artists scheduled to perform asked to make political statements in order to perform? No artist deserves to be put in such a situation simply to perform his or her art. Regardless of race, creed, country, cultural background, etc, my goal is to play music for all people. As musicians that is what we seek. – Blessed Love, Matis

The musician pressed exactly the right point. “Were any of the other artists scheduled to perform asked to make political statements in order to perform?” No.

The Jews are treated differently.

Hillel CEO Speaks at J Street U Student Leadership Institute

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015

In an earlier article the JewishPress.com wrote about the reaction of J Street U members to a speech given at their Student Leadership Institute by Hillel International CEO Eric Fingerhut.

Fingerhut was at J Street U’s SLI in order to discuss common ground between the J Street U students and Hillel’s mission. Fingerhut believes that common ground is rooted in a shared antipathy towards the BDS ((Boycott of, Divestment from and Sanctions against Israel) Movement.

That article described the stream of tweets issued by the students in attendance during Fingerhut’s speech, nearly every one of which expressed annoyance at Fingerhut’s refusal to discuss the issue clearly most important to them, and which many said they believed was the cause of the BDS: the “Occupation.”

By “Occupation,” the J Street U students mean the audacity of Jews to live in parts of Israel which it acquired in defensive wars, and which were previously not controlled by any sovereign nation (i.e. not really occupied, but that is of no moment to them.)

The JewishPress.com was asked to post the entirety of Fingerhut’s speech, so that people can see for themselves that he issued “a strong statement imploring these students to understand that all Jewish groups are seeking peace, that people must understand the historical context and the current daily ramifications for Israelis, and that all pro-Israel students should be part of the anti-BDS coalition, even if they don’t get to dictate the language.”

Here it is:

ERIC FINGERHUT, PRESIDENT & CEO, HILLEL INTERNATIONAL REMARKS TO J STREET U STUDENT LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE August 17, 2015 As prepared for delivery Thank you for inviting me to speak with you today. I want to congratulate Amna Farooqi, the new J Street U president and congratulate Benjy Cannon for his tenure.

I want to begin by thanking those of you in this room who are leaders of the Hillel on your campus. I know by your presence here today that you are passionate about Israel, and that is an important part of Jewish life. But you also know that Jewish life is rich and varied, and that living a life infused with Jewish learning, culture and tradition enriches us as individuals and the communities in which we live. And Hillel’s vision is to help every student build an enduring commitment to Jewish life, learning and Israel.

So I don’t want to miss this opportunity to invite anyone who has not explored with us all the ways to connect with Jewish life to check us out. We need everyone to help us build the vibrant Jewish communities on campus that are the essence of Hillel’s mission.

The good news is that we have created hundreds of these vibrant Jewish communities, and the word is spreading. Hillel is already the largest Jewish student organization in the world, and we are growing quickly. We now have Hillels in eighteen countries on five continents, and serve over 550 campuses in North America alone.

I returned yesterday from visiting Hillels in Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay. In the last year, we have added Hillels in nine locations in Germany, and we recently opened our 20th Hillel in the Former Soviet Union – in Siberia no less! Two of the Hillels in the former Soviet Union are in Muslim countries. We serve eleven campuses in Israel. Back in the U.S, our board approved six new affiliates in the past year and we have applications pending from a dozen more. Increasingly, the future of the Jewish people is found at Hillel. We believe that the future is bright indeed, and we want you and every Jewish student involved it.

Khamenei Tells the World How to Destroy Israel

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

The difference between Hitler and Khamenei is 80 years.

The Ayatollah of Iran has published a 416-page book entitled “Palestine” and whose book cover features the world “Palestine” on a map of the country he wishes used to be Israel.

Nothing is coincidental in the Iranian regime. The publication of the new book, bound to a best-seller in Iran, is part of a propaganda campaign to brainwash Iranians into thinking that the agreement with the P5+1 powers does not have anything to do with the regime’s ultimate dream of wiping out Israel.

Khamenei explains that is absolutely logical that Israel should not exist for three major reasons:

Israel is an ally of the “Great Satan” known as the United States of America;

Israel is a “hostile infidel” because it supposedly has waged war against Muslims’ and

Israel “occupies” Islam’s third holiest city, Jerusalem.

The New York Post reported that the back cover of the book credits Khamenei as “the flag bearer of Jihad to liberate Jerusalem.”

Israel is not the only country that should be erased, according to the book, which repeats the radical Islamic vision of a Caliphate Empire on all Muslim lands.

That means India also must be wiped off the map. Parts of Russia must be under Muslim rule. Several European countries should not exist as such, and China can kiss good-bye to nearly one-third of its land mass. Ditto for parts of the Philippines and Thailand.

Khamenei’s strategy for taking over Israel and all of the other “Muslim” counties is to create conditions that will convince everyone to leave for a abate life elsewhere.

That means Congress can relax and give its stamp of approval to ObamaDeal because Khamenei does not need a nuclear weapon to wipe out Israel.

Just lift sanctions and give him tens of billions of dollars to fund Hezbollah and Hamas, and perhaps the Boycott Movement.

The strategy actually is a statement of current events. The United Nations, and especially the European Union and the Obama administration, invent every opportunity to condemn Israel for promoting the presence of Jews in a Palestinian Authority country whose principle of “no-Jews allowed” violates the charter of the United Nations.

According to the New York Post’s report and translation from the Farsi-language book, Khamenei wrote:

We have intervened in anti-Israel matters, and it brought victory in the 33-day war by Hezbollah against Israel in 2006 and in the 22-day war between Hamas and Israel in the Gaza Strip.

And once Iran has a nuclear weapon, if not next year then in 10 or 15 years, any Israeli pre-emptive action could be met by a nuclear attack. One way or the other, Khamenei wants the means to destroy Israel and much of the rest of the world.

His book once again exposes that Iran is no less a threat to Europe than to Israel, but Europe is so overrun by Muslims that its leaders don’t have the strength to see the future.

Instead, they focus on Israel, promoting the “two-state” solution while Khamenei writes in his book that there must be a “one-state solution of a single state of a Muslim Palestine.

Like Iran, it would allow Jews to remain, without a right to vote and only if they prove they have “genuine roots.” that means the a large majority of the Israelis, like myself, would have to get on the next plane and “go back” to the United States, Europe, Morocco, Yemen and the former Soviet bloc, among dozens of other countries.

Israeli Christian Group Publishes Anti-BDS Guide

Friday, July 17th, 2015

The Christian Empowerment Council, an Israeli Christian group headed by Father Gabriel Naddaf, has released a new guide to help Christians better understand the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

The 12-page guide titled “Test the Spirits: A Christian Guide to the Anti-Israel Boycott Movement” seeks to challenge Christian anti-Zionism “on an ideological level” following the “recent discussions concerning BDS in global churches,” including in the Mennonite and Episcopalian churches and the United Church of Christ.

The Christian Empowerment Council is focused on working to integrate Israel’s Christian community into the wider Israeli society and to support young Christians looking to serve in the Israel Defense Forces.

The guide tackles a wide array of questions, such as “How does a boycott of Israel impact the church?” and “Does the Bible encourage boycotting nations?” In answering the questions, the book draws from both the Hebrew and Christian scriptures.

“As the spiritual leader of the Christian Empowerment Council here in Israel, it is my responsibility to encourage Christians across the world to think about Israel in Biblical and moral ways,” Father Naddaf writes in the introduction. “As you consider personally your own spiritual towards Israel, it would be prudent to consider these points. I pray God will guide you in great wisdom.”

Bono Kisses Off BDS with Kiss on Shimon Peres’ Cheek [video]

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Rock singer Bono, who came to Israel three years on a private visit, gave the Boycott Israel-BDS movement a royal slap in the face week when he kissed former President Shimon Peres and praised him for his efforts for peace.

He told the cheering crowd:

Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres is with us this evening, and we understand, President Peres, you have tried to bring peace to be a voice of reason and have dedicated a great part of your life – all of your life – to try to bring peace to this really dangerous reason.

We wish you and your family safe and wish that you, who worked so hard in Oslo for the incredible Oslo Agreement, will not give up on the two-state solution.

At the age of 91, we know we can count on you, and we sing this song and dedicate it to you with two ancient peoples in mind. This song is called ‘One.’

Peres and Oslo bring to mind the Torah portion Jews read two weeks ago. The People of Israel wanted to pass through the land of ruled by Sihon on the way to the Promised Land.

Israel sent messengers to Sihon the king of the Amorites, saying: Let me pass through your land. We will not turn into fields or vineyards, nor drink well water. We shall walk along the king’s road, until we have passed through your territory….

But Sihon did not permit Israel to pass through his territory, and Sihon gathered all his people and went out to the desert toward Israel. He arrived at Jahaz and fought against Israel. Israel smote him with the sword, and took possession of his land from Arnon to Jabbok, as far as the children of Ammon, for the border of the children of Ammon was strong.

Pere has been a voice of illusion, but we really needed a “beautiful dreamer” to show the world that the Muslim mindset does not want peace with Israel, unless it means it will be a peace without Israel.

The Oslo Accords should not be dissociated from the “Oslo War,” the Second Intifada of terror that killed and wounded thousands of Israelis.

Peres is not Moses and the People of Israel today are not in the Sinai Desert waiting to enter the country, but the same God still is watching over the same People to save it from Sihon, the Arab League, the Oslo Agreement and BDS, which is welcome to stay away from Bono’s concerts if he performs in Israel.

Watch Bono kiss Peres in Toronto and praise him on stage.

This article was corrected to correct a previous version that wrongly identified Bono as Bon Jovi.

Irish Dance Festival Cancels Tel Aviv Event Due to BDS Threats

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

The first-ever Irish dance festival set to take place in Israel was terrorized away from Tel Aviv thanks to a campaign of threats to the performers, the school, and a “standard” BDS (boycott, divest and sanctions) petitions.

The Israeli Feis, scheduled to take place in Tel Aviv next month, was targeted by the Irish Palestinian Activists Collective who began the #DontDanceForIsrael campaign.

An online petition against organizers of the feis and supporting “the appeal of the Palestinian people to Boycott, Divest and Sanction, BDS, the Apartheid state of Israel” was also launched by Amanda Crawford in Dublin.

The Irish Friends of Palestine, whose Facebook page had garnered 12,575 “Likes” by Wednesday, posted a statement calling the cancellation of the event a #BDS Victory Ireland.

In a statement announcing its cancellation of the event, the Carey Academy explained, “Not long ago the feis [FaceBook] page started to be attacked by a radical political group called Irish Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) led by Raymond Deane, Kevin Squires and Amanda Crawford. Threatening messages were sent not only to our teachers, but also parents and students.

“Age, nationality, or religious beliefs do not matter to us. Unfortunately, there was a protest outside of our dance studio. We do not want to risk safety of anyone connected to the Carey Academy. The feis was not meant to be anything more than what it really is – a celebration of dancing, friendship and joy.

“We are sorry for any inconvenience caused to people who may have already booked tickets, but I am sure you understand the safety of our dancers is our number one priority.”

The Academy had previously stated that “running a feis in Israel does not mean we support or are involved with the Israeli government or any extremist groups in any way shape or form.”

BDS Trying to Stop Bon Jovi from Performing in Israel

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

The “Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI)” is petitioning anti-Zionists to sign up in a bid to force the rock group Bon Jovi from performing for the first time in Israel.

The petition states:

World renowned band, Bon Jovi, is scheduled to perform in Israel on October 3rd. We ask the members of the band, Jon Bon Jovi, David Bryan, and Tico Torres, to reconsider their concert in apartheid Israel, until Israel complies with international law and respects the rights of the indigenous Palestinian people.

Israel’s crimes against the Palestinian people have caused enormous despair, death, injury, and displacement, to millions of people.

The boycott group also warned that Israeli company producing the show also has clients such as Motorola whose “crime” is that it provides Internet access on the Tel Aviv-Jerusalem train that will pass through a small area in Samaria. In the petition’s language, the “train which cuts through stolen Palestinian village land in the occupied West Bank.”

Equally “worse,” according to PACBI, the production company also does business with Hewlett-Packard, which provides biometric control systems at checkpoints.

The attempt to stop the rock group is on the road to another failure. Bon Jovi’s producer in Israel told the group , “Bon Jovi couldn’t care less.”

This question has been asked thousands of times, but it still needs to be presented: Why doesn’t PACBI and other boycott groups stop using computers made with chips at Intel, whose employees include people living in Judea and Samaria?

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