ROGER WATERS IS PUTTING HIS MONEY WHERE HIS MOUTH IS … WILL SERENADE IN PALESTINE FOR CHRISTMAS

Now THIS is a man of conviction!

The results are starting to pour in starting with THIS …

Roger Waters broadcasts cancelled in Germany over support for Israel boycott

Decision not to air Ex-Pink Floyd member’s concerts due to his support for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement branded ‘ridiculous’

German public broadcasters have dropped plans to air concerts next year by ex-Pink Floyd musician Roger Waters, citing what they call “accusations of antisemitism against him”.

Waters, part of one of the world’s most critically acclaimed and commercially successful rock bands from 1965 to 1985 before going solo, is a member of the Palestinian-led Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement (BDS) that targets Israel over its occupation of territories where Palestinians seek statehood.

Five state television and radio affiliates of the national ARD network have pulled out of broadcasting concerts by the 74-year-old Waters in Berlin and Cologne scheduled next summer “in reaction to anti-Semitism accusations against him”, Berlin and Brandenburg public radio (RBB) said.

RBB, part of the ARD network, said it wanted to send a message to other artists who, heeding the BDS, refused to perform in Israel. Waters joined the movement in 2011.

“Taking a clear position here is an important signal for RBB to the Jewish communities in Berlin and Brandenburg,” RBB director Patricia Schlesinger said in a statement.

“The quick and decisive reaction by the broadcasters … is an important signal that rampant antisemitism against Israel has no place in Germany,” said Josef Schuster, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany.

Marek Lieberberg, Waters’s tour director, said German Jews were right to be concerned about “clearly visible and growing antisemitism” in Germany – alluding to the far right’s surge in recent German elections – but the broadcasters’ decision was “absolutely ridiculous”.

Lieberberg, the son of Holocaust survivors, told the Mannheimer Morgen daily that while he rejected the BDS, he separated personal opinions from work. “I cannot and do not want to deny [Waters] his right to freedom of opinion,” he said.

Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s rightwing government has long campaigned against the BDS, describing it as antisemitic and an attempt to erase Israel’s legitimacy.

The movement – launched in 2005 as a non-violent campaign to press Israel to heed international law and end its occupation of territory held since a 1967 war – has gathered momentum in recent years even if its economic impact remains negligible.

Germany has long sought to distance itself from the Nazi Holocaust and become one of Israel’s closest allies.

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ROGER WATERS RESPONDS TO NICK CAVE ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS

 Roger Waters responded to criticism from Australian singer Nick Cave over the former Pink Floyd frontman’s prominent advocacy of an artists’ boycott of Israel, telling him it “isn’t about music – it’s about human rights.”

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If you respect our peaceful BDS picket line, you will be in the excellent company of fellow celebrated musicians like Elvis Costello, Lauryn Hill, the late Gil Scott-Heron and Tunde Adebimpe

Roger Waters responds to Aussie singer: Boycott of Israel ‘isn’t about music – it’s about human rights’

Roger Waters responded to criticism from Australian singer Nick Cave over the former Pink Floyd frontman’s prominent advocacy of an artists’ boycott of Israel, telling him it “isn’t about music – it’s about human rights.”

Cave and his band, The Bad Seeds, played to sold-out crowds on Sunday and Monday in Tel Aviv.

Prior to his concerts, Cave told a news conference that he was performing in Israel to take a stand against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, or BDS.

He took a dig at Waters, saying, “If you play Israel, you have to go through a sort of public humiliation from Roger Waters and Co., and no one wants to be publicly shamed. It’s the thing we fear the most, in a way, to be publicly humiliated.”

Waters has been active in urging fellow artists to boycott performing in the country.

“Nick thinks this is about censorship of his music? What?” Waters wrote in a statement following Cave’s concerts in Israel. “Nick, with all due respect, your music is irrelevant to this issue. So is mine, so is Brian Eno’s, so is Beethoven’s. This isn’t about music – it’s about human rights.

“We hurl our glasses into the fire of your arrogant unconcern, and smash our bracelets on the rock of your implacable indifference,” Waters also wrote, adding that “if at some point in the future you want to climb out of the dark, all you have to do is open your eyes, we, in BDS will be here to welcome you into the light.”

Eno, a British musician, also commented in a statement posted with Waters’ on the website of the Artists for Palestine organization.

“I admire Nick Cave as an artist and I know he has been generous in his support for Palestinian humanitarian causes. I think he has every right to come to his own conclusions about whether or not he supports BDS,” Eno wrote. “However, I think I also have the right to present him with another side to this argument.”

 

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THANK YOU KEN LOACH

Proceeds from screenings of Ken Loach’s latest film ‘I, Daniel Blake’ are donated by the pro-boycott director to BDS’s UK branch, turning Israelis into unwitting supporters of a boycott against their own country.

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Ken Loach donates Israel screening profits to BDS

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British director Ken Loach donated the proceeds from the screenings of his latest film in Israel to the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

The film, “I, Daniel Blake,” was widely acclaimed and screened in front of audiences at packed theaters in Israel last spring. At the end of the week, the British branch of the boycott group published a statement revealing it had been the recipient of all proceeds from the film’s screening in Israel donated by Loach.

“Ken Loach, thank you for the support and generosity, it gives us strength,” the organization’s members told the British director.

They did not specify the amount they received from him.

“I, Daniel Blake,” came out last year and won the Golden Palm Award at the Cannes Film Festival and the Best British Film award at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA), as well as being nominated and named best film in many other prestigious festivals.

The film tells the story of Daniel Blake, a working-class man who was crushed under the weight of bureaucracy after suffering a heart attack and being denied benefits despite his inability to work, forming a unique friendship with a single mother in the process.

The film’s director, Ken Loach, is considered to be one of the best directors working in Britain today. Alongside Roger Waters, Loach is also the most prominent supporter of BDS in Britain.

Loach has signed numerous letters calling for a boycott of Israel and has even approached artists such as Radiohead demanding that they cancel their planned performances in Israel in the past. His efforts however, were to know avail with the show going ahead at full volume.

 

“Do not appear in a country where there is an apartheid regime,” he repeatedly told various artists.

Loach was heavily criticized last summer after reports revealed that, although he called for a boycott on Israel, he himself was profiting from screening his films there.

Loach replied, through his producer Rebecca O’Brien, that the distribution company of “I, Daniel Blake,” signed a distribution agreement with Israel “accidentally” and without his knowledge.

“We asked not to sell the film to Israel, but during the Cannes Festival, junior representatives from the production company quickly sold the film to Israel, forgetting that Ken had asked not to sell the film for screenings there,” O’Brien told The Guardian.

As a result of the claimed error, the film was screened in Israel despite the fact that many viewers who watched it did not know that their money would now help BDS and its efforts to continue to defame Israel’s name abroad.

Shani Films, which distributed the film in Israel, has yet to respond to the reports.

BILLY JOEL BRINGS THE HOLOCAUST BACK TO LIFE

Legendary singer Billy Joel appeared onstage for an encore during his monthly concert at Madison Square Garden wearing a yellow Star of David on his jacket.

Will he tattoo a number on his arm for his next concert?

Billy Joel wears a jacket with the Star of David during the encore of his 43rd sold out show at Madison Square Garden on August 21, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Myrna M. Suarez/Getty Images via JTA)

 

Billy Joel wears yellow Star of David during New York concert

As singer plays encore of ‘Goodbye to You,’ screen behind him flashes pictures of fired White House staffers Bannon, Spicer and Scaramucci

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Photos of Joel wearing the yellow star began appearing on Facebook shortly after Monday night’s concert. At least one tweet bore the hashtag #Charlottesville. Other tweets called Joel “a true hero,” and his decision to wear the star “Epic and brave.” A tweet read: “So dope seeing Billy Joel live and seeing him take a stand to the hate in our country. Wearing the star of David is a huge statement.”
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Another tweet took issue with Joel’s statement. “What is Billy Joel protesting? A president with part Jewish kids? The fact that Muslim immigrants in the US tend to be anti-semitic? WHAT!?” The tweet was in response to another which said “Ok, so Billy Joel has lost his mind.”

Joel’s parents are Jewish but he was not brought up religious. He has been described as a secular Jew and an atheist.

During the concert on Monday he invited singer Patty Smyth on stage to sing with him a hit song she had when she performed with the American band Scandal, “Goodbye to You,” while a screen behind them flashed pictures of fired White House staffers including former strategic adviser Steve Bannon, former press secretary Sean Spicer, and former communications adviser Anthony Scaramucci.

 

RICHARD GERE BREAKS HIS SILENCE ON THE OCCUPATION

Richard Gere calls for an end to ‘the occupation’

Arriving in Israel to promote his new movie Norman, directed by Joseph Cedar and starring Israeli actor Lior Ashkenazi, Gere is uncertain as to how he will be received by the public given his recent comments on the political situation.

Richard Gere (center) visits Temple Mount

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Hollywood star Richard Gere is in Israel promoting his new movie Norman, by Israeli director Joseph Cedar. However, the question of how he will be received by the Israeli public is a matter of uncertainty.”In my past visits to Israel, I always heard all the viewpoints. Now it has become almost impossible. I know many people will not like what I have to say, but these are things that need to be said,” said Gere.

“The occupation must end. The occupation is ruining everyone on both sides. A bi-national state won’t solve anything, and it will only turn Israel into an apartheid state. There needs to be two states for two peoples, with Jerusalem as the capital of both nations.

In his comments, Gere also referred to the issue of settlements, saying, “Why do you need all these provocations? How is it that the settlers are running the government? And how could it be that Israel, of all nations, controls another nation? Many Israelis that I know say the state has lost its way and I think that every Israeli knows that.”

During his visit to Israel, Gere is also planning on meeting members of Breaking the Silence. He knows that this will be poorly received, but he remains undeterred. “I recently spoke to someone from the organization who served in the army, a wonderful young woman with a big heart, and they’re labeling her an enemy of the state. It breaks your heart.”

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ELTON JOHN SUPPORTS BDS BY PLAYING PALESTINE

The honorary guest at the opening ceremony of British graffiti artist Banksy’s new hotel in Bethlehem was none other than Elton John. The famous singer recorded a special message that was played for the guests who attended the opening ceremony. “I would’ve loved to have been with you all tonight but you know, there wasn’t any room at the inn,” John said. The popular British singer also made a political statement: “It’s my great pleasure to be playing in Palestine this evening. Please know that you are not alone. You are not forgotten.”

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THESE HOLLYWOOD STARS DESERVE A SPECIAL OSCAR

Let’s call it the ‘I DON’T ENDORSE ISRAELI APARTHEID AWARD’

Israel invited 26 Hollywood stars on all-expense paid trips to the Holy Land around the 2016 Academy Awards, but a year later none of them have visited, Agence France-Presse reported.

Leonardo DiCaprio (R) and Matt Damon were amongst Oscar celebrities who were offered luxury trips to Israel. (Photo: via Youtube)

Leonardo DiCaprio (R) and Matt Damon were amongst Oscar celebrities who were offered luxury trips to Israel. (Photo: via Youtube)

These 26 Hollywood Stars All Shunned $55K Israel Junket In Oscars Swag Bag

Israel invited 26 Hollywood stars on all-expense paid trips to the Holy Land around the 2016 Academy Awards, but a year later none of them have visited, Agence France-Presse reported.

Activists with the movement to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel are calling it a victory that Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon and two dozen other stars have failed to make a Holy Land appearance.

“I think it is clear the objective of using the actors to whitewash Israel has failed,” said Yousef Munayyer of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights.

The trips, estimated to be worth $55,000 each, were given as part of a gift package to the stars, which also included luxury toilet paper.

The only star to take advantage of the trip was Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence, who reportedly gave it to her parents.

This month, eight out of 13 members of delegation of American pro football players dropped out of an Israel visit over concerns that Israel was using them to score public relations points.

Let's see if the award mentioned above really happens ;)

Let’s see if the award mentioned above really happens 😉

CELTIC FANS URGE ROD STEWART NOT TO PLAY FOR APARTHEID

SCOTTISH SOCCER FANS URGE ROD STEWART TO CANCEL TEL AVIV GIG
The legendary British musician is slated to rock Tel Aviv’s Park Hayarkon on June 14
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 Celtic fans calling on Rod Stewart to support BDS and cancel his concert in Israel.

Celtic fans calling on Rod Stewart to support BDS and cancel his concert in Israel.

Fans of a UK soccer team have urged legendary rock musician and singer Rod Stewart to cancel his anticipated concert in Israel scheduled for June of this year.
“Dear Rod! We are shocked at your recent decision to breach the international cultural boycott of Israel and appeal to you to reconsider your decision,” begins a petition posted by admirers of Scottish soccer club Celtic F.C. to the website change.org.
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“As a life-long Celtic fan you must be well aware of the special affinity our fans have with the Palestinian people and their struggle for freedom. Israel openly uses culture as a form of propaganda to justify its illegal occupation of Palestine,” adds the stated appeal.

Stewart announced his intention to play in Israel in a recorded statement filmed late last year, saying “I’m looking forward to performing in Tel Aviv,” adding “I’ll be playing your favorite hits, with a few surprises too.”

The 72-year-old musician last performed in Israel in 2010 at the Ramat Gan stadium.

The petition also includes a message of support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions [BDS] movement, which aims to socially and economically undermine the Jewish state as a way to affect political change.

“Just as South African anti-apartheid activists called for an international boycott which led to the downfall of the apartheid regime, Palestinians are asking for a boycott of Israel as part of the Boycott Divestment Sanctions campaign,” the petition reads.

“As Celtic fans we support the Palestinian-led BDS movement for freedom, justice and equality. Palestinians are entitled to the same rights as the rest of humanity!,” the plea adds.

Stewart has yet to respond for comment to the petition.

The legendary British musician is still expected to rock Tel Aviv’s Park Hayarkon on June 14, 2017.

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ISRAELI MEDIA LIED ABOUT COLDPLAY’S CONCERTS

Yesterday I joyfully posted that Coldplay was planning two concerts in Israel and Palestine, billed as two Peace Concerts …..

It was not true according to the group.

On Monday, Israel’s Channel 2 News reported that the band would play two concerts in Israel, on November 3 and 4, 2017 that would be marketed as “human rights concerts” which will be dedicated to messages of peace and unity.

On Tuesday, however, a representative for the band said the report was not true.

Coldplay singer Chris Martin

Coldplay singer Chris Martin

Coldplay denies it plans to perform in Israel

Popular British rock band denies reports it is planning two “peace concerts” in Israel.

Popular British rock band Coldplay on Tuesday denied reports that it was planning two “peace concerts” for Israelis and Palestinian Arabs this coming November, JTA reported.

On Monday, Israel’s Channel 2 News reported that the band would play two concerts in Israel, on November 3 and 4, 2017 that would be marketed as “human rights concerts” which will be dedicated to messages of peace and unity.

In addition, Channel 2 said, the audience at the two concerts will be comprised of both Israelis and Palestinian Arabs, with tickets for the shows to be sold in the Palestinian Authority as well as in Israel.

On Tuesday, however, a representative for the band said the report was not true.

Coldplay’s lead singer, Chris Martin, recently visited Israel and reportedly discussed the possibility of the band coming for a performance in Israel for the first time ever.

Coldplay’s refusal to come to Israel has over the years produced rumors that its members do not want to come to Israel for political reasons, but Israeli producers stressed during Martin’s visit that the band vehemently denied the rumors in private conversations.

In fact, in 2016 Coldplay collaborated with Israeli directors Vania Heymann and Gal Muggia who directed the award-winning video clip for the song Up&Up.

 

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COLDPLAY TO PLAY BOTH SIDES OF THE WALL

The British rock band Coldplay will play two “peace concerts” for Israelis and Palestinians.

Coldplay singer Chris Martin

Coldplay singer Chris Martin

Coldplay to Play 2 Israeli-Palestinian Peace Concerts in West Bank

The British rock band Coldplay will play two “peace concerts” for Israelis and Palestinians.

The concerts, set for Nov. 3 and 4, will be performed at an outdoor location north of the Dead Sea, Israel’s Channel 2 reported Monday.

The shows will aim to promote human rights and bring people together, The Times of Israel reported. The tickets — 50,000 for each concert — will be sold in Israel and the Palestinian territories.

Coldplay, which has sold over 80 millions records worldwide, will arrive in Israel two weeks before the shows and record a song with Israeli and Palestinian artists.

Few artists have attempted similar Middle East peace-themed concerts on this scale. Roger Waters, the former Pink Floyd frontman, played a concert in the Israeli Jewish-Muslim coexistence village Neve Shalom in 2006. He has since become a leading proponent of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel.

Leonard Cohen made a failed attempt to play a concert in the Palestinian territories in 2009 while touring in Israel.

Coldplay singer Chris Martin is currently the artistic director for the Global Citizen Festival, which is run by the Global Poverty Project, an organization devoted to ending extreme poverty by 2030.

Two of Coldplay’s recent musicvideos were directed by Israelis.

From Coldplay’s FaceBook Page

The band fronted by Chris Martin has come under fire after posting a link to a “Freedom for Palestine” video by the band OneWorld on their Facebook page.

The song, which contains the controversial lyrics: “No matter your faith or your community/ this is a crime against humanity” and “Enough illegal occupation/ violence and racial segregation,” calls for people to rally in support of Palestine. As the chorus goes, “We are the people/ this is our time/ stand up, sing out/ for Palestine.”

BACK TO SCHOOL BLUES

And this in memory of Pete Seeger and Fred Hellerman

WIESENTHAL CENTER FAILS IN ATTEMPT TO SABOTAGE ROGER WATERS CONCERT

Wiesenthal Center wants New Yorkers to give anti-Israel activist ‘the reception he deserves: an empty hall’, but nobody has asked for money back

"WE DON'T NEED NO THOUGHT CONTROL"

“WE DON’T NEED NO THOUGHT CONTROL”

No takers as NY theater offers refunds for Waters

A theater in Sag Harbor, New York has offered to refund tickets to a sold-out performance by Roger Waters over his support of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement against Israel.

Waters, the former frontman of rock band Pink Floyd, has been vocal in his criticism of artists who perform in Israel. He is scheduled to perform Friday at the Bay Street Theater. Page Six reported Wednesday that the performance may face picketers in a protest organized by pro-Israel groups.

The Simon Wiesenthal Center in a statement issued on Tuesday called on New Yorkers “to give Roger Waters the reception he deserves: an empty hall. We urge people who may have been unaware of his hate-filled boycott campaign and bought tickets for his performance, to vote with their feet and instead stand in solidarity — outside of the theater — with the innocent victims of terrorism in The Holy Land.”

The theater’s executive director, Tracy Mitchell, on Wednesday told local news website 27East.com that no one has requested a refund, and that the theater has people “begging for tickets.”

Earlier this month, in a much-publicized rant, radio personality Howard Stern ripped Waters for his support of the movement to boycott Israel.

Waters in an open letter to rocker Jon Bon Jovi ahead of his concert earlier this month in Israel, accused the artist of “standing shoulder to shoulder” with right-wing Israeli extremists.

In response, Bon Jovi said at his concert: “I’ll come here any time you want.”

Waters has published open letters calling on fellow musicians to join a boycott of Israel. He has also come under fire for using at in his concerts a huge inflated balloon in the shape of a wild boar with a prominently visible Star of David among other symbols, including a dollar sign and a hammer and sickle. He had used the gimmick for several years.

Having previously defended Roger Waters from accusations of anti-Semitism, the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) in 2013 reluctantly acknowledged that “anti-Semitic conspiracy theories” have “seeped into the totality” of the former Pink Floyd frontman’s views.

“Judging by his remarks, Roger Waters has absorbed classic anti-Semitic conspiracy theories, and these have now seeped into the totality of his views,” Abraham H. Foxman, then the National Director of the ADL, told The Times of Israel. “His comments about Jews and Israel have gotten progressively worse over time. It started with anti-Israel invective, and has now morphed into conspiratorial anti-Semitism.”

 

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NO PALESTINE? ~~ NO SHOW!

The rapper Matisyahu was taken off the schedule of a Spanish Reggae festival due to his refusal to publicly support creation of a Palestinian state, Spanish media reports.

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BDS pressure cancels Matisyahu concert

Valencia’s Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement requested that Rototom, the 22nd European Reggae Festival scheduled for 15-22 August in Benicàssim, cancel Matisyahu’s planned performance, stating that the Jewish-American rapper has “participated in pro-Zionist festivals and has said that Palestine does not exist”.

Matisyahu is known for blending Orthodox Jewish themes with reggae, rock and hip hop beatboxing sounds.

Rototom asked Mattisyahu to publicly state whether there is a right to a Palestinian state and whether he rejects Israeli military violence, particularly that during Israel’s summer 2014 attack on the Gaza Strip.

“After having repeatedly sought dialogue (with Mattisyahu), the artist was unavailable to speak out clearly against the war and the Palestinians’ right to a state of their own. Accordingly, the Mattisyahu concert scheduled fot 22 August was cancelled.

In a statement, Rototom noted that it has “proven countless times (its) sensitivity to Palestine, its people and the occupation, particularly by holding multiple debates in the World Social Forum.” It further deplores the attacks against it following this announcement, noting that it has a 22 year history of “active promotion of peace, social justice and human rights.”

BDS Valencia stated that the success of this campaign is a “cry of popular solidarity.”

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THE SERIOUS SIDE OF CHARLIE CHAPLIN

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When we think of Charlie Chaplin we remember a little mustached clown with a cane and bowler hat who made us laugh, probably more than any other clown in history.

Today, April 16th, would be his 126th birthday. I always remembered that date as it is also the birthday of my father.

In honour of his special day I want to share a clip from his movie The Great Dictator which illustrates the serious side of this wonderful man …

If only there were world leaders today that share these sentiments

Sentiments arguably as true today as they were in 1940.
“In this world there is room for everyone. And the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way”

BOTEACH TRIES TO REKINDLE THE DAILY SHOW FIRE

In yet another attempt to show the world that he has the intelligence of a human being, Shmuley Boteach adds his voice to the controversy surrounding Jon Stewart’s replacement, Trevor Noah. As usual, he’s way off base. Good thing he doesn’t play baseball 😉

The Daily Show sets the standard for Comedy Channel, and Stewart set that bar high. I wish Trevor well, but I wish even more that he do a crash course in Middle East facts and get up to speed so that he treats this most volatile of subjects with the erudition it deserves.

Is he talking about himself in the last sentence? HE is the one that needs the crash course in Middle East facts!

Bottom line is …. If Boteach doesn’t like him, YOU gotta love him!

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No holds barred: Trevor Noah and ‘The Daily Show’ scandal

When Trevor Noah was named as Jon Stewart’s replacement as host of The Daily Show, my first reaction was, who? I watch the Daily Show almost every day. Stewart is a rare and incomparable talent. He’s gifted in so many areas. He’d be a hard act to follow for anyone, so the choice of a relatively unknown South African comedian to take his place was a shock, but one I could easily live with based on the little I initially read about him. As is often the case in today’s social media world, however, where comments and tweets are immortal, researchers began to find a rash of remarks and jokes that were unfunny and offensive. Some of the most troubling related to Jews.

Consider the following tweets, reported by a variety of sources (typos in the originals): • “Behind every successful Rap Billionaire is a double as rich Jewish man.”

• “Messi [the Argentine soccer superstar] gets the ball and the real players try to foul him, but Messi doesn’t go down easy, just like Jewish chicks.”

• “South Africans know how to recycle like israel knows how to be peaceful.”

• “Almost bumped a Jewish kid crossing the road. He didn’t look b4 crossing but I still would hav felt bad in my German car!” • “Note to self – Langostines are not Jewish prawns.”

• “Xbox and Playstation players are like Jews and Muslims. They are so similar but they hate each other so much!” I’ve heard worse – and also a lot funnier.

Jews are among the greatest comedians – Noah himself says his black mother is half-Jewish – and we are the subject of thousands of jokes so I’m not particularly bothered by the jokes themselves.

And Lord knows, as an avid Twitterer I can forgive mistakes made in the constant stream of keeping everything updated. What does concern me is their sophomoric nature, which may belie a not-that-well-informed man tasked with informing the public, albeit with fake news. The joke about a Jewish kid being hit by a German car was particularly unfunny. The tweets about money and Jewish women are tired stereotypes that one would not expect from a cutting-edge comedian.

The comment that bothered me most was the one that was most applicable to current affairs, and his new position, suggesting that Israel is not interested in peace. It was disappointing to see him repeat this canard.

The truth is no one wants peace more than Israelis. They live in the only country that has been threatened with genocide for its entire history, and had to fight multiple wars to stave off possible annihilation. And then there’s the death and mayhem caused by hundreds of terrorist attacks and rockets aimed at innocent men, women and children. Imagine the anxiety of living in a place where a seemingly harmless parcel on the street could blow up, or a discotheque could turn into a slaughterhouse. This week Jews around the world will be celebrating Passover and will reflect on a Seder held at a hotel in the coastal city of Netanya 13 years ago in which a Hamas suicide bomber killed 28 people and wounded another 140.

Because of the omnipresent danger, men and women graduating from high school, who should be heading to college, instead enter the Israel Defense Forces for three and two years, respectively.

And the men who do not stay in the army will serve in the reserves for most of their professional lives. These Israelis – Jews and many non-Jews, sacrifice part of their youth to protect their country.

While they are doing so, their parents are in a near constant state of fear for their safety.

Israelis desperately want the danger that surrounds them to disappear, but they cannot wish it away. Starting in 1947, Jews were prepared to share the land then called Palestine, but the Arabs rejected the offer of a state of their own beside a Jewish state. After the Six Day War, Israel was prepared to evacuate almost the entire West Bank it conquered in the course of defending itself, but the Arabs said no. When at last Egypt agreed to a peace treaty with Israel, the Palestinians were also offered greater freedom, but they said no. In 1993, Israel offered the Palestinians a path toward statehood in the Oslo Accords, but they squandered the opportunity with an orgy of violence.

In 2000, president Bill Clinton and prime minister Ehud Barak offered Yasser Arafat everything they thought he wanted, but he, again, said no to peace.

Most recently, President Barack Obama has spent most of his time in office trying to achieve peace, but the Palestinian president has refused to sit down and negotiate with the Israeli prime minister for the past seven years. These are facts that should be part of your education, Mr. Noah, as you embark upon commentating on Middle East affairs.

For better or worse, many young people get their “news” from the Daily Show. What made John Stewart such a master of his craft was his quick wit and intelligence. The man knows his stuff, as he demonstrated whenever he was a guest on “serious” news programs. The fact that he is Jewish never caused him to pull any punches when he spoke about Israel. Plenty of his detractors will not miss him because they believe he is very unfair to Israel.

I don’t see him that way. Stewart appears to be a proud Jewish liberal whose views differ from mine. I didn’t appreciate every parody he did of Israel, but they were always within the bounds of legitimate criticism and never crossed the line to Israel delegitimization. I don’t think that this was just because he is Jewish. He is also sensitive to boundaries and smart enough to understand the Middle East issues and leaders he was skewering.

It may be unfair to judge Noah on the basis of a handful of tweets, but they do not reflect a man in the same class of knowledge as Stewart. Will he have funny, intelligent conversations with guests discussing current events or throw off one-liners based on over-roasted stereotypes? From his biography, Noah appears to have suffered under the racist regime there, but for him to compare South Africa in any way to Israel is ignorant. His comment also raises the question of whether he will suffer from “underdogma” and intuitively gravitate to the pain of the underdog, however immoral, and have that reflected in his humor.

The Daily Show sets the standard for Comedy Channel, and Stewart set that bar high. I wish Trevor well, but I wish even more that he do a crash course in Middle East facts and get up to speed so that he treats this most volatile of subjects with the erudition it deserves.

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Here’s what Stewart himself had to say …

ADL BLASTS JON STEWART’S REPLACEMENT EVEN BEFORE THE SHOW AIRS

Comedy Central stands by Jon Stewart’s replacement Trevor Noah as rightwing sites suggest he has a “Jewish problem.” The real problem is that he is likely to be critical of Israeli militarism.

Since his appointment was announced Monday by Comedy Central, Noah has come under fire for past tweets about Jews and Israel, including one from 2010 that read “South Africans know how to recycle like Israel knows how to be peaceful.”

As I always say; ‘If the sandal fits, wear it!’

Trevor Noah Blasted by Jewish Groups for Tweets

ADL and Bnai Brith Want Jon Stewart Successor To Avoid Targeting Jews

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Two Jewish groups expressed their concerns over past social media posts by Trevor Noah, the choice to succeed Jon Stewart as host of “The Daily Show.”

The Anti-Defamation League and B’nai B’rith issued statements urging Noah, a South African standup comedian, to avoid making distasteful jokes about Jewish stereotypes on “The Daily Show.”

Since his appointment was announced Monday by Comedy Central, Noah has come under fire for past tweets about Jews and Israel, including one from 2010 that read “South Africans know how to recycle like Israel knows how to be peaceful.”

In 2012, he tweeted that “Messi gets the ball and the real players try foul him [sic], but Messi doesn’t go down easy, just like jewish[sic] chicks.”

“B’nai B’rith is concerned about the long history of anti-Semitic, anti-Israel and misogynistic tweets by the new choice to host the popular comedy program, The Daily Show,” the organization said in a statement issued Tuesday. “We recognize that the platform The Daily Show provides its host is different from the stand-up comedy circuit, and we are hopeful that Noah will use this new and larger role responsibly on complex, sensitive issues.

“Entertainment cannot justify promoting hate and misinformation — and no group, including Israelis and Jews, should be considered fair game for bigotry.”

Noah, 31, who has over 2 million Twitter followers, was a surprise selection for “The Daily Show” post, as is he relatively unknown in the United States. He is a star in South Africa, where he has filmed four standup specials.

Noah made three appearances as a correspondent on “The Daily Show” since December before being named host.

In a statement, ADL National Director Abraham Foxman said that he hopes that “The Daily Show” remains “funny and irreverent without trafficking in bigoted jokes at the expense of Jews.”

“We welcome Trevor Noah to his new endeavor at ‘The Daily Show’ and wish him success. We need humor — perhaps now more than ever — and we hope that he will build on Jon Stewart’s great legacy,” Foxman said.

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Some Twitter users, including American comedian Roseanne Barr, criticized Noah for being “sexist” and using anti-Semitic humor.

New Daily Show host defends anti-Semitic jokes after backlash

‘To reduce my views to a handful of jokes that didn’t land is not a true reflection of my character, nor my evolution as a comedian,’ says Trevor Noah.

Reuters Via

Noah, the son of a black South African mother and a Swiss father, uses his mixed race in his comedy routine and came under fire for jokes he posted on Twitter. NEW YORK – Trevor Noah, the newly announced successor to Jon Stewart on Comedy Central’s late-night news parody “The Daily Show,” defended himself against a backlash arising from past comments he made about Jews and women.

“To reduce my views to a handful of jokes that didn’t land is not a true reflection of my character, nor my evolution as a comedian,” the South African comedian said on Twitter on Tuesday.

Noah, the son of a black South African mother and a Swiss father, uses his mixed race in his comedy routine and came under fire for jokes he posted on Twitter.

Viacom Inc-owned Comedy Central also came to Noah’s defense, saying the 31-year-old is “a talented comedian with a bright future” at the network.

“Like many comedians, Trevor Noah pushes boundaries; he is provocative and spares no one, himself included,” the network said in a statement. “To judge him or his comedy on a handful of jokes is unfair.”

Among the jibes being criticized was a 2009 tweet in which Noah said, “Almost bumped a Jewish kid crossing the road. He didn’t look b4 crossing but I still would have felt so bad in my german car!”

In another, he compared England’s Manchester United football team to a white girl: “Heavy upfront but lacking in the back.”

Noah’s tweets prompted comments questioning how wise a choice he is to succeed Stewart on “The Daily Show,” which averages slightly more than one million viewers each night.

Some Twitter users, including American comedian Roseanne Barr, criticized Noah for being “sexist” and using anti-Semitic humor.

WHAT DOES JON STEWART’S REPLACEMENT THINK OF ISRAEL?

Noah’s own origins also trigger interest on this topic, since many critics compare Israel’s policies to those of apartheid South Africa. Noah lived through the late years of apartheid as child. Although he has not commented directly on the Israel-Palestinian relationship so far, a couple of his past posts on social media indicate he probably won’t be appearing at next year’s American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference.

Trevor Noah   Getty Images

Trevor Noah Getty Images

Noah’s own origins also trigger interest on this topic, since many critics compare Israel’s policies to those of apartheid South Africa. Noah lived through the late years of apartheid as child. Although he has not commented directly on the Israel-Palestinian relationship so far, a couple of his past posts on social media indicate he probably won’t be appearing at next year’s American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference.

Watch Noah discuss his biracial family and childhood in South Africa in the video below from his standup special at the Apollo Theatre in London.

What Does Trevor Noah Think About Israel?

By Gabe Friedman

Many late-night comedy fans had the same reaction Monday morning when it was announced that Trevor Noah, a 31-year-old South African standup comedian who is relatively unknown in the United States, will replace Jon Stewart as the next host of “The Daily Show”: Who exactly is this guy?

Viewers had been calling on Comedy Central to appoint someone well-known like Tina Fey or the fan-favorite “Daily Show” correspondent Jessica Williams to succeed Stewart (overall, the insistence on having a female host in the male-dominated world of late-night comedy was also a constant).

However, some hard-core “Daily Show” fans may recall Noah’s three memorable appearances as a correspondent on the show starting in December of last year, in which he skewered American (and more generally Western) views and stereotypes of Africa.

Noah, born to a black South African mother and a white Swiss father (when interracial relationships were illegal in apartheid South Africa), is already a star in his home country, where he has filmed several standup specials. In 2012 and 2013 he became the first South African comedian to perform on “The Tonight Show” and “The Late Show with David Letterman” respectively, and in 2012 he was the subject of a documentary called “You Laugh But It’s True.”

Amid all of the anticipation surrounding Noah’s surprise appointment, fans are already keenly interested in his views on the hot-button political topics that Stewart has never been afraid to address – especially the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

This interest in his Middle East views is of course mainly due to the fact that Jon Stewart was (and has been) one of the only mainstream American comedians to harshly critique Israel’s stance towards the Palestinians. Even HBO “Real Time” host Bill Maher, one of this era’s most outspoken and unapologetically liberal comics, is usually seen as more pro-Israel than Stewart (and has even been pegged by some as anti-Muslim because of his views on Muslim extremists). Meanwhile former “Tonight Show” host Jay Leno, who will travel to Israel in June to host the Genesis Prize award ceremony for the second consecutive year, recently told the Associated Press, “It seems like [Israel has] the worst PR in the world,” adding “I don’t understand how Israel is the bad guy here. It doesn’t make any sense to me.”

But Noah’s own origins also trigger interest on this topic, since many critics compare Israel’s policies to those of apartheid South Africa. Noah lived through the late years of apartheid as child. Although he has not commented directly on the Israel-Palestinian relationship so far, a couple of his past posts on social media indicate he probably won’t be appearing at next year’s American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference.

Lastly, “The Nightly Show,” hosted by black comic Larry Wilmore (the show that has replaced “The Colbert Report” in Comedy Central’s coveted 11:30 pm slot), has introduced a new level of social critique to late-night television. Wilmore has made race relations between blacks and whites in the U.S. one of his primary topics.

Naturally, people will now wonder whether Noah will focus as candidly on race and related social issues on “The Daily Show.” Based on his prior “Daily Show” appearances and his standup routines, it seems like Noah is more than willing to do so.

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The Israeli right wing press is already replacing the word Israel with Jews …

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(Note in Twitter links above that the word ‘Jew’ never appears)

What Does Jon Stewart’s Replacement Think of Jews?

Trevor Noah, who replaces Jon Stewart as daily Show host, is facing outrage over tweets about rich Jews, pugnacious Israel.

HUNGARY REMEMBERS THE GAZA MASSACRE IN EUROVISION ENTRY

Israel protests Hungary’s Eurovision entry

Song includes condemnation against Israeli operation in Gaza, mentions number of dead Palestinian children.

Israel is protesting Hungary’s Eurovision entry, which includes condemnation against Operation Protective Edge and mentions the number of Palestinian children killed during the 2014 Israeli military campaign. 

Israeli Ambassador Ilan Mor turned to the Hungarian broadcasting authority, expressed his country’s reservations over the planned song and asked that the problematic segment be removed.

The Eurovision Song Contest will be held in May in Vienna, Austria. Hungary’s song this year, “Wars for Nothing,” will be performed by a group of three singers led by Hungarian singer-songwriter Boggie. The song has an anti-war message, focusing on the victims of violence and wars in the world. One of the captions in the song’s video refers to Operation Protective Edge, stating: “2014 – Gaza – two-thirds of the victims were civilians, including more than 500 children.”

Although Israel isn’t mentioned by name in the song, Ambassador Mor asked the Hungarian broadcasting authority to remove the sentence about the Gaza war, explaining that it is seen as an “inconvenient” political message against Israel.

And the 500+ dead children

Is NOT an ‘inconvenience?’

CHUZTPAH!!

PALESTINIANS PRESENT THEIR PLIGHT ON THE BIG SCREEN

Unlike the Israeli production of the film ‘BETHLEHEM‘ which was reviewed on this Blog over a year ago …

This film, like many before it about the conflict, is guilty of the sins of distortion and concealment: the context is missing, as if it weren’t there. The film is meant to depict complexity – the misery of the collaborator; the humanity of the agent – but in reality, the film paints a picture without context, and without context there is no truth.

A more realistic film is now available which was written by a Palestinian .

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The movie was billed as a harmonious effort in film making and a shining example of Palestinian-Israeli cooperation. 

Hiding beneath the surface of this idealistic image is a different and far more telling story; one that mirrors everyday life in the Palestinian-Israeli dynamic, and ties directly back to the root cause of the conflict itself.

The above is from the  website which was created by the film’s writer, Nader Rizq, as a vehicle to freely express his opinion on how Israeli censorship, misinformation and stereotype of Arabs influenced the film. It was sent to me via email by him.

An International Effort

The film is an international effort. From its first time Palestinian American writer who started researching the subject matter and writing the script back in 1991, to its Academy Award winning British producer, Israeli director, American producer, Danish cinematographer, French editor, International co-producing partners; to its Hollywood actor working alongside Palestinian and Israeli talent, it was a venerable United Nations of very talented and committed individuals who believed in the heart and soul of the story being told.

Definitely a MUST SEE!

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From a review at the Huffington Post

Zaytoun is a film about a most improbable and remarkable friendship between Fahed, a 12-year-old Palestinian refugee, and Yoni, a 30-year-old Israeli combat pilot. The film explores a liminal space between make-believe and reality, between a boy and a man, between Arab and Israeli, all set in the chaos of 1982 Beirut just weeks before the infamous invasion of the Shatila refugee camp where 700-800 Palestinians were slaughtered by the Lebanese Christian Phalangists with the tacit support of the Israeli armed forces. This liminal space extends to the very geography of the movie’s setting which takes place in the no man’s land between Lebanon and Israel, a strange borderland where horror is so dreamlike and prosaic, where hopes for peace are so remote, and where everyday reality in a struggle for survival, control, and power.

JON STEWART’S FOND FAREWELL

In a long, in depth interview that covered the span of his career as a performer, director, and show creator, Jon Stewart appeared at a live performance in New York City with comedian Catie Lazarus and discussed the reaction to his announcement last week that he was stepping down from the helm of the hugely popular news satire program The Daily Show.

Myself and many others will miss him 😦

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