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Spain - Pressure From BDS Forces Cancellation Of Performance By Jewish Artist Matisyahu At Peace Festival

Published on: August 16, 2015 08:55 PM
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FILE  -US reggae and alternative rock musician Matisyahu performs on stage during the Heineken Open'er Festival in Gdynia, Poland, 04 July 2013.  EPAFILE -US reggae and alternative rock musician Matisyahu performs on stage during the Heineken Open'er Festival in Gdynia, Poland, 04 July 2013.  EPA

Spain - Amid growing pressure from the Valencia chapter of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS), organizers for the annual reggae music festival Rototom Sunsplash in Benicassim cancelled on Saturday a scheduled performance by Jewish superstar Matisyahu.

ELPAIS.com (http://bit.ly/1Kp4Qel) reports that BDS mounted an aggressive campaign during the week leading up to Matisyahu’s appearance, most notably on the singer’s Facebook page where he was repeatedly accused of being a “Zionist” and who, through his continued support for Israel, supports “apartheid and ethnic cleansing” against the people of Palestine.

In a Saturday statement, Rototom director, Filippo Giunta, explained that organizers worked tirelessly to resolve the situation, but that their efforts fell short after Miatisyahu failed respond to a request by organizers on Thursday that he appear in a video stating that he believes Palestine is entitled to its own state.

Giunta explained that because this year’s theme of the 22nd version of Rototom is “Peace Revolution,” organizers simply could not risk the “unwarranted virulence” which has resulted from the “attacks received in recent days.”

Reps for BDS, which forced the cancellation of five other of the festival’s 250 artists and speakers, called Matisyahu a “lover of Israel” and charged the singer with having led “pro-Zionist festivals” that promoted that “Palestine doesn’t exist.”

BDS was also highly critical of Rototom for inviting Matisyahu.

In a Facebook response attempting to clarify the organization’s stance, Giunta cited the group’s storied history in promoting peace through dialogue, and thus, its invitation to Matisyahu and other artists.

“Support for Israel does not mean support for its policy of aggression towards the people of Palestine,” Giunta said. “and because this year’s theme is ‘Peace Revolution,’ we thought it timely that we invite the singer. We did not want to exclude someone for this reason.”


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 Aug 16, 2015 at 09:21 PM amerikaner Says:

any Jew visiting Spain should Boycott Divest from Spain immediately

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 Aug 16, 2015 at 09:24 PM bennyt Says:

Serves him right for abandoning the Torah!

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 Aug 16, 2015 at 09:27 PM Leo613 Says:

Although I am no fan of Matisyahu, the organisers of the Reggae Concert are extremely spineless.

I cannot believe this!!!

How dare they cancel an artist because of his ALLEGED pro Zionist views. The chutzpah of the BDS and the Organisers are totally unbelievable!!

Did the BDS Gestapo, put sensors in Matisyahu's brain to know what he thinking??

How pathetic!

I have come to the conclusion, that in today's world, everything goes. No judgments on anyone, except for us Yidden.

Could you imagine if there was an issue in Africa and an African American was banned due to his alleged pro African views.

The world would spin upside down.
Everybody would be breathless with their righteous indignation. Sharpton would be on every news channel. Massive Counter Protest would be planned. And guess what, for the first time in his life, Sharpton would be correct.

This behaviour cannot be tolerated!!

But Matisyahu is Jewish. And, leyder leyder Jewish blood is cheap even in 2015.

What a mussar to us. Matisyahu no longer has a beard. He has No peyios. But to the farshtunkene BDS, Matisyahu is rotten Jew because he doesn't march in lock-step with their perversion.

Shame on them. And shame on us for allowing this.

Where is our counter demonstration?

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 Aug 16, 2015 at 09:34 PM Anonymous Says:

He was scheduled to perform 8:45 PM Saturday evening, an hour before havdalah.
(in Madrid havdalah is 9:52).
Are we supposed to be upset that he was cancelled if he is Jewish?

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 Aug 16, 2015 at 09:35 PM Mark Levin Says:

Nebach. Look at him now.
I'll never forget when he sang at the HASC concert and an 11 year old in front of me asked his father when the Knicks were coming out.

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 Aug 16, 2015 at 09:37 PM Mark Levin Says:

I'm maskim not to have bds involved in lipa's ban. As a moser i think he should immediately be placed in cherem where he belongs.

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 Aug 16, 2015 at 10:42 PM ayoyo Says:

Why do we have to read this every day without a strong rebuttal. Look at the whole moslem world today. There isn't a country that's not involved in a blood war between factions (except morocco and jordan) ,civilians by the thousands are being murdered and displaced . bombs explode every day killing many with one blast Where is the world outcry? B.D.S.?FOR WHAT? among all of the countries the palestinian people are the luckiest in the world.that israel is protecting them Take the BDS organization to a court , have it shut down Anti Semitism is a crime in many countries , why aren't they being shut down.

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 Aug 16, 2015 at 11:22 PM OscarMadison Says:

Notice the Haredi extremists condemning Matisyahu and not BDS. We know whose side they're really on.

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 Aug 17, 2015 at 12:04 AM lazerx Says:

the nations of the world did nothing to help Jews during WWII and many of them had anti-Jewish feeling with in them for centuries, so what did you expect from them? Love of Jews? Support of Jews?

Ha, they are happy to stand with the Arabs to stick it to the Jews in order to get Arab oil...

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 Aug 17, 2015 at 12:41 AM not a fan Says:

Forget BDS, ultimately they won't succeed. But Matisyahu - I remember him as a frum man bringing his boys to shul. He is one big actor, as well as a lousy singer. He fooled many people, using Chabad Chassidus as his gimmick, then he moved onto Karlin-Stolin. Was he ever truly, in his neshama, frum? Or was it all an act to self-promote. Sorry, but I think it was the latter. Meanwhile - anyone know about his nice wife and sons? What happened to them?

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 Aug 17, 2015 at 04:04 AM BarryLS1 Says:

Reply to #3  
bennyt Says:

Serves him right for abandoning the Torah!

I doubt that any of us are thrilled at his change of lifestyle, but what does that have to do with this issue? He deserves credit for standing up to those anti-semites, not your ridicule for standing up on principle. .

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 Aug 17, 2015 at 09:49 AM Butterfly Says:

Boycott Spain!! Hit them in the pocket!! That language they understand!!

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 Aug 17, 2015 at 09:55 AM bsocheami Says:

The goyim are reminding him that he is Jewish. Matisyahu, you can run, but you can't hide

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 Aug 17, 2015 at 09:57 AM Anominous Says:

Ironic. He leaves Judaism and has it thrown back to his face. I hope he wakes up and realizes that Hashem exists and that he has to live as a Jew. This is also musssar for all of us. We all have our weaknesses and think it will be alright. Not necessarily true, as Hashem rewards and punishes for everything. Unless you do teshuva.

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 Aug 17, 2015 at 11:10 AM chassidisheyid Says:

Reply to #11  
not a fan Says:

Forget BDS, ultimately they won't succeed. But Matisyahu - I remember him as a frum man bringing his boys to shul. He is one big actor, as well as a lousy singer. He fooled many people, using Chabad Chassidus as his gimmick, then he moved onto Karlin-Stolin. Was he ever truly, in his neshama, frum? Or was it all an act to self-promote. Sorry, but I think it was the latter. Meanwhile - anyone know about his nice wife and sons? What happened to them?

It's good to know that there are people like you (#11not a fan) in this world, who are "Yoideia Machshavos", and know exactly what was and is in Mattisyahu's heart. Thank G-d, Hakodosh Boruch Hu, will be able to count on your help during the upcoming Yom Hadin, to make those tough decisions.

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 Aug 17, 2015 at 11:07 AM albroker Says:

just like in the Soviet union all non-comfortists are punished.

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 Aug 17, 2015 at 12:33 PM Secular Says:

Eminem?

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 Aug 17, 2015 at 01:30 PM hashomer Says:

BDS is a wakeup call to all Jews, that our enemies are not only against Israel but again Judaism and Jews in any form. It's a global boycott, just like in 1933. And BDS is supported by many leftist Jews, and by too many frum as seen by their odious comments here. You'd think by now every Yid would realize we're in the same life raft and have to help each orher, but that's not the case, just like in 70 and 1939.

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 Aug 17, 2015 at 02:30 PM StevenWright Says:

Reply to #9  
OscarMadison Says:

Notice the Haredi extremists condemning Matisyahu and not BDS. We know whose side they're really on.

And because of that you just couldn't contain yourself and you just felt compelled to show your unabated love for ALL Jews....
Oscar, Oscar, Oscar......

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