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Jewish musician banned from Spanish music festival because he’s….Jewish.


Matisyahu

Matisyahu

Posted by Richard Millett

It’s no shock to those knowledgeable about the behaviour of the racists active within the Boycott Divestment Sanctions movement (BDS), which seeks the destruction of the Jewish state by demanding that Palestinians be allowed to move en masse to Israel, that they have now extended their racism from Israel’s Jews to non-Israeli Jews; basically Jews.

Matisyahu is an American Jewish reggae artist and although he used to be ultra-religious he isn’t anymore. He was due to appear in the Rototom Sunsplash music festival in Benicássim, Spain this coming Saturday until BDS activists pressurised the organisers in to demanding that he declare his support for the creation of a Palestinian state, which he could not bring himself to do and why should he being a musician not a politician? As a result he has now been banned from playing the festival.

Douglas Murray reminds us Spain has its own border issues and Turkey illegally occupies northern Cyprus yet no Spanish or Turkish artists are obliged to make political statements about these issues under threat of boycott.

Only a Jew is so targeted.

Unbelievably the festival organisers blamed Matisyahu of whom they declared:

“..to a simple (and legitimate) question about the war as an instrument to solve conflicts (of ALL wars), decided not to answer many times…if he would have done a gesture to show good faith, at least from ONE of the parties involved, to keep on believing this concert would have brought (and can still bring) something positive to this edition dedicated to Peace.”

And their cowardly conclusion was:

“We did not say NO to Matisyahu because he has hebrew roots or as a Zionist, but we just simply considered inappropriate organizing something that would certainly generate a conflict, without any possibility of dialogue.”

Matisyahu responded on both Facebook and Instagram with the following:

“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…The festival kept insisting that I clarify my personal views; which felt like clear pressure to agree with the BDS political agenda.”

And:

“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?”

Today’s El Pais editorial, which is headed “Unacceptable Discrimination”, concludes with these strong words:

“It is absolutely unacceptable that in the Spain of the 21st century, individuals and organizations can still demand that somebody explain themselves in ideological terms in order to be able to exercise their profession, and takes us back to the dark days when everybody was required to prove their religiosity and purity of blood.

Anti-Semitism and discrimination on the grounds of ideology cannot be tolerated and must be stood up to. Criticism of Israel’s policies and defense of the Palestinians cannot be used as cover for systematic persecution of those who hold different views, or because they are Jewish. Spain’s politicians need to speak out about this scandal that questions this country’s commitment to free speech and thought.”

Hear, hear!

14 replies »

  1. Shows yet again where these “BDS” types are coming from–rank racist bigotry and vicious antisemitism.

    • I doubt that it’s a thought out stance, either. Most of them are mindless sheeple who never possessed an original opinion in their lives.

  2. You can’t blame the BDS people -= they just do what they are programmed by their Arab masters to do, and they don’t know any better. No, you have only to blame the cowardly Spaniards. They could have stood up and said “No”, but in the grand tradition of the Inquisition, they didn’t stand for anything. Support the proud independent people of Gibraltar – or, at least, make all Spanish artists who perform at this puny festival sign a document supporting independence of this British territory.

  3. Maybe Spanish artists will be forced sign letters supporting independence of Basque and Catalonia otherwise they can’t perform

  4. Religious and racial discrimination. is against Spanish and EU laws. Where are the legal authorities?
    The organizers allow open advocates of violence against women and gays..
    This is not a coincidence.

  5. I refuse to given BDSers a free pass for their own idiocy. I give them (very little) credit of assuming that they weren’t all born like that. Were they born stupid, then I mightn’t be so quick to blame them, but no, they’re thrill seekers who are codependent with the objects of their pity, whom they keep stuck in their self-entitled alternative reality to that said BDSers will feel needed.

  6. I also read in the Jerusalem Post, the BDS’ lame and embarrassing attempt to wriggle off the hook. It was excruciatingly stupid and insulting in equal measure.

  7. Keep up the coverage. This incident should be used to rightly hammer the BDSholes straight into the ground.

  8. Permanent Link to Jewish Musician Banned From Spanish Music Festival Because He’s…. He was due to appear in the Rototom Sunsplash music festival in Benicássim, Spain, this coming Saturday until BDS activists pressured the organizers in to demanding that he declare his support for the creation of a Palestinian state, which he could not bring himself to do and why should he being a musician, not a politician?