Wednesday, August 19, 2015

It's come to this? Jewish American musician ousted from a music festival in Spain.

 What's next - forcing all Jews not living in Israel back to gated ghettos? How about forbidding them to practice a long list of professions and wearing a yellow star? Do people even realize how close all of this is getting to both the Medieval and Nazi treatment of Jews?

It’s come to this. Now you don’t have to take a hit from Muslim extremists only if you mock their Prophet Mohammad the way Charlie Hebdo cartoonists did in January. All you have to do is be a singer who is Jewish who doesn’t want to take a loyalty oath to the extremists’ agenda.

If there was ever a case that showed the true face of BDS, the saga of Jewish reggae artist Matisyahu and his ouster from a music festival in Spain might well be it.

BDS has revealed itself as a hate group that targets Jews because of their (BDS's) political views. And its members will use pressure tactics to silence those who think differently than they do.

Not content with targeting artists from Israel, the BDS bullies have moved to targeting artists who support Israel, like Matisyahu, who is American.

The BDS bullies pushed the festival to demand that Matisyahu issue a statement in support of Palestinian statehood, a condition not placed on any other artist at the festival. The BDS singled him out as a “lover of Israel,” according to Reuters.
The BDS wasn’t alone in its discrimination. According to Rolling Stone magazine, “Other artists at the Rototom Sunsplash Reggae Festival threatened to pull out of the festival since they felt that he, as a Jewish American, was ‘seen to represent Israel.'”

As an American Jew, he was seen to represent Israel.

In a statement published on Facebook, Matisyahu said that his music was non-political. He also slammed the festival for singling him out. “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.”


About Connie Goldman said...

Thanks for posting this, Nancy. It's important to loudly condemn such instances of hypocrisy and prejudice.

nancy namaste said...

Even Time magazine wrote a good piece on this but what's disturbing to me is that non of my local "friends" see fit to comment or speak out against the resurgence of hatred. If this was happening to black people - as it is - the uproar would be deafening.

But for many, it seems, they can't bring back the gas chambers soon enough.