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February 8, 2016 / 29 Shevat, 5776

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Elton John to Perform in Israel and BDS Can Go Fly a Kite [video]

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

His gift is his song and his one is for Israel.

British rock icon Elton John will return to Israel next for his fourth performance, the Boycott Israel-BDS Movement notwithstanding.

Yediot Acharonot, which reported the news Thursday, did not give an exact date.

He first appeared in Israel in 1979, when he told reporters:

In all of my performances throughout the world, I have seen an audience that participated so actively. Everyone joined in to sing with all their hearts, and I only am sorry that because of the lighting, I was not able to see these warm people.

He added that he decided to play in Israel because he wanted “a place a bit different.”

Elton John also performed in Israel in 1980, 1993, 2010.

One of his visits was very problematic after “Paparazzi” tangled with his guards at his hotel, resulting in a cancellation of his scheduled performance the next day. However, he returned to two days later to entertain thousands of fans.

In his 2012 performance in Tel Aviv, Elton John said on stage:

Shalom! We’re so happy to be back here. Ain’t nothing gonna stop us from coming, baby.

The Maccabeats’ Latest Chanukah Tune is a Real Sizzler! [video]

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Some Chanukah holiday music videos provide dynamic melodies, interesting lyrics and if you’re lucky, a few good visuals thrown in for good measure.

But how many can you honestly admit actually include a decent latke recipe?

The Maccabeats a capella all-male singing group has done it again, bringing together all the best elements of great Jewish holiday entertainment in one tidy little music video for Chanukah.

Chomp on!

Bon Jovi Plays Tel Aviv [video]

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

Bon Jovi played Tel Aviv on Saturday night to tens of thousands of fans.

Mariah Carey to Perform in Israel August 18

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

(JNi.media) American R&B singer songwriter Mariah Carey, one of the best-selling music artists of all time, with more than 200 million records sold worldwide, will give her first performance in Israel, at the Rishon LeZions Live Park, on August 18.

A few weeks ago, Carey and her partner, billionaire James Packer, fourth richest person in Australia, were the dinner guests of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara.

Carey and Packer were in Israel to meet a “spiritual leader.”

In April, Packer’s business partner, Hollywood producer Brett Ratner, said at the Anti-Defamation League Entertainment Industry Awards that Packer owned a home in Caesarea, next door to the Netanyahus, and is now an Israeli citizen.

Ratner called Packer the “first non-Jewish Zionist in history.”

Maria Carey is a major philanthropist who has been associated with the Fresh Air Fund; co-founded a camp in Fishkill, New York, for inner-city youth; is well-known nationally for her work with the Make-A-Wish Foundation; contributed to the obstetrics department of New York Presbyterian Hospital Cornell Medical Center; was named Hunger Ambassador of the World Hunger Relief Movement; supports the Save the Music Foundation; the list literally goes on and on.

Carey’s net worth is valued at more than $500 million.

Mariah Carey and Billionaire Friend in Israel for ‘Spiritual Guidance’

Sunday, June 28th, 2015

American singer Mariah Carey is in Israel with her Australian billionaire boyfriend for a “pre-engagement spiritual meeting” with an unnamed “spiritual leader,” the TMZ entertainment website reported.

The meeting reportedly was Packer’s idea because he wants to find out if he is ready to marry Carey.

Neither Carey nor her boyfriend James Packer is Jewish, but the billionaire has close ties with Israel and is Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s almost next-door neighbor. The Prime Minister owns a home in Caesaera, Packer has bought on in Tel Aviv.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported in April that one of Packer’s business partners describe him as “the first non-Jewish Zionist in history.”

The partner also was reported to have said that Packer had taken out Israeli citizenship, but the billionaire thoroughly denied that had done so.

President Rivlin Bans Performance of Singer because of Anti-Arab Song

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

President Reuven Rivlin announced Tuesday he has cancelled the scheduled performance of musician-singer Amir Benayoun because of a song he wrote and released after last week’s Har Nof massacre and which is called “Ahmed Loves Jerusalem.”

Benayoun wrote the lyrics of a fictitious Arab who learns at a government-funded university and plans to kill Jews.

“Ahmed” sings, “I will send a Jew or two to Hell…. I am just an ungrateful piece of scum. The day will come when you turn your back on me and I will stick a sharp knife into it, I will shoot you in the back.”

That was too much for President Rivlin, whose office said he would not allow Benayoun to perform next Sunday at the Present’s residence at an event marking the exile and expulsion of Jews from Arab Lands and Iran.

“Against the background of the release of Amir Benayoun’s latest song yesterday, I wish to notify you that we will not be able to allow him to perform at the President’s Residence,” the office wrote in a letter that was distributed as a press release.

“Amir Benayoun is a renowned and exceptional artist, and his talent has greatly contributed to Israeli music” the statement continued. “However, his statements made at this time of conflict and tension, even if uttered out of frustration and pain, do not, to say the least, help bring calm to the streets, and are inconsistent with the responsibility required of the President’s Residence, and of all institutions with influence over the public discourse, to work to alleviate tensions, and promote cooperation rather than division in Israeli society.”

Liberals on the left have charged that Benayoun should be arrested for incitement.

Benayoun said he did not intend to promote violence, which he opposes.

One of his former compositions is “Jerusalem of Hussein,” which describes President Barack Obama’s policies.

A Concert on Every Jerusalem Corner

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/photos/a-concert-on-every-jerusalem-corner/2014/11/09/

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