Palestinian activists who have been pushing a cultural boycott of Israel are demanding the Rolling Stones abandon plans to play their first ever concert in Israel.
The activists, members of the BDS movement, are claiming that a concert is making the Rolling Stones into a “publicity tool.” They further said they are being used to “whitewash apartheid.”
At the same time, Pink Floyd’s former frontman, Roger Waters, is calling on musicians to boycott Israel. He wrote to Scarlett Johansson, slamming her, in opposition to her decision to abandon her role as Oxfam ambassador and advertise for SodaStream, an Israeli soda company in the West Bank.
Pink Floyd has been an anti-semite for decades and in a recent interview with Rolling Stone magazine, he compared Israel to Nazi Germany. Moronically, he believes the threat of Iran getting nuclear weapons is simply “a diversionary tactic” to distract from Israel’s real agenda.
The bigots behind the Boycott, Divestment, Sanctions movement (BDS) warned that the band would “go down in history as one of the few artists willing to perform in Israel despite its system of occupation, colonisation and apartheid”.
“We urge the Rolling Stones to refrain from playing in apartheid Israel and not to condone Israel’s violations of international law and human rights against the Palestinian people,” said Rafeef Ziadah, a BDS spokesman. She said the concert would serve Israel’s “campaign to rebrand itself and will be used as a publicity tool by the Israeli government”.
BDS is doing all they can to keep international artists and scholars out of Israel, claiming that Israel is occupying Palestinian territories.
Stevie Wonder, Elvis Costello and Annie Lennox won’t play in Israel but Madonna and Paul McCartney did perform.
BDS, formed in 2005, is self-described as a “Palestinian civil society issued a call for a campaign of boycotts, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel until it complies with international law and Palestinian rights.”
It’s a growing movement based on the false premise that Israel is an apartheid state.
BDS is a worldwide campaign against Israel which claims Israel is an apartheid nation, a catchy term meant to be as incendiary as it sounds. It is a sound bite lie which is promulgated everywhere, even, shamefully, in the United States to fan the flames of propaganda.
After the broken peace talks of 2000 (broken by Palestinians), Jimmy Carter, notable race baiter and anti-semite, wrote the book, Palestine: Peace not Apartheid, and helped get the ball rolling. It didn’t help that misguided leader, Desmond Tutu of South Africa gave his blessing to the term.
As a point of fact, Israel does not deny rights and citizenship because of religion or race as the whites did in South Africa. The 20% Arab population in Israel enjoys full citizenship and all the rights thereof. Israel supports freedom of religion, gay rights, and all the same freedoms we enjoy in the United States.
If anything, the apartheid is against Israel.
If the Middle East wanted peace, each bordering country could easily give up some land to the Palestinians, but peace is not their goal.
The complete destruction of Israel and the Western way of life is the ultimate goal. In the immediate, it is a turf war, one in which a Fascist society wants to dominate according to their own religious beliefs.
Alarmingly, many churches have bought into the anti-Israel name calling to whip up angry sentiments and force the idea of “social justice.”
Social justice should not be confused with justice for the masses. It is clearly being defined as communitarianism, which subjugates the individual to mob rule, while it consistently promotes the philosophy of the ends justifies the means.
From the Globe and Mail online, Margaret Wente states: “…The United Church (Canada) is just one of many institutions obsessed with tiny Israel. There’s also the Presbyterian Church in the U.S., the Church of England, Britain’s National Union of Journalists, Ireland’s largest public-sector union, various British academic groups, and our own beloved CUPE, all of which have passed anti-Israel resolutions. Israel Apartheid Week is a tiresome staple of campus life. In Paris, activists invaded the retail chain Sephora to protest against the sale of Israeli face cream. In Wales, they rampaged through supermarkets and sprinkled Israeli melons with fake blood. In Montreal, gay and lesbian activists promise that this weekend’s Pride Parade will include a protest against Israel’s ‘racist apartheid’ policies. (Israel is the only country in the Middle East that believes in civil rights for homosexuals, an irony that seems to have eluded them.)…” Read here: Apartheid and Israel
The BDS movement is promoting Israel apartheid week throughout the world, even in universities in our country. Israeli Apartheid Week is an annual series of university lectures and rallies of the Israeli situation with the Palestinians held in February or March. It’s sole purpose is to attack Israel.
Twenty-eight colleges assembled for Israel apartheid week in February. At Drew University, the head of Drew’s recently formed Students for Justice in Palestine, junior Noran Elzarka, informed the audience that Palestine is the homeland of Christianity. It had been written out of the history of Israel and Palestine so often, however, that the conflict is now viewed as one of religion between Muslims and Jews, when it was really about politics, Elzarka continued.
Fortunately, they had only about a dozen attendees.
It’s nothing more than an anti-semitic, propaganda hate week against Israel.
Some students get it:
Palestinians claim they want a two-state solution but it is obvious that will end in the destruction of Israel. Israel can never give in to those demands.
The Palestinian Authority and Fatah have defined the conflict with Israel as a religious war that cannot be compromised because it is demanded by Allah: “Our war with the descendants of the apes and pigs (i.e., Jews) is a war of religion and faith. Long Live Fatah!” [PA TV (Fatah), Jan. 9, 2012]
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