May 22, 2007

Bullying the Rolling Stones?

I just took a rare look at the zionist Engage website. Apparently asking the Rolling Stones to boycott Israel amounts to bullying. And suggesting that having another performer move a gig from Tel Aviv to Neve Shalom is a victory, amounts to dishonesty.
The boycott campaign wants to bully the Rolling Stones to cancel their planned concert in Israel in September. They are doing this by pretending that Israel is an “apartheid” state like the old South Africa and they ask:

"Is it too much, then, to expect conscientious artists like the Rolling Stones to similarly uphold the values of freedom, equality and justice for all by supporting the growing boycott against Israel?"

Be ready for a campaign to denounce the Stones as racists, pro apartheid, pro imperialist etc. etc. when they stand up to the boycott campaign.

When Roger Waters (ex Pink Floyd) wanted to play a gig in Israel, the boycotters tried to intimidate him, tried to make him cancel, tried to characterize him as a supporter of Israeli human rights abuses. But they failed. He went to Israel nevertheless, he played, he voiced his protest against Israeli policy, and the boycotters dishonestly tried to portray this as a victory.
Who says so? Alf Green says so. Well Alf Green is a pseudonym for an academic so lectures are his business. But lectures in integrity? Come now Alf.....

Ha'aretz also has this story here:
A Palestinian group lobbying for boycotts against Israel has urged the Rolling Stones to cancel their scheduled September performance in Israel, comparing performing in Israel to performing in apartheid South Africa and noting that the legendary rock band had supported the boycott of South Africa in the 1980s.

An open letter calling on the Rolling Stones not to appear in Israel was sent to the band by the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel (PACBI) on Sunday.
Note how a self-declared zionist Israeli newspaper refrains from the shrill allegations levelled by the "non"-zionist, Dr David Hirsh.


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