Posts Tagged ‘boycott’

Full article @ ThinkScotland.org

MUCH HAS BEEN written about the conflict in the Middle East but few people really understand the complexities of the situation.
There  is not one simple answer but somehow, in the world of politics and propaganda, simplifying is the name of the game.

In advertising, this is called the USPUnique Selling Proposition.
Advertisers understand that if you want to change a significant number of peoples’ behaviors fast, you should focus on one single USP, repeating it over, and over, and again, and again. It has to be short and catchy and it should be emotional.

Tagging Israel as an “apartheid state” is just such a USP that disregards the difference between the South African native population and the Palestinian population.
South Africa, under apartheid rule, was a country that was ruled by a minority to the detriment of the majority of its citizens.

The state of Israel is a democracy that is ruled by the majority of its citizens including the 1.6 million Israeli Arabs who enjoy full democratic rights.
Palestinians living in Gaza might want their plight to be seen as a result of Israel’s existence but it is in fact autonomous and self-ruled and therefore, logically, there is no sign of apartheid here either.
That leaves the Occupied Territories that are not legally a part of Israel but are under Israeli government.
It is 100% true that the Palestinians living in the Occupied Territories do not enjoy the civil rights that their brothers enjoy in Israel or in Gaza since they are neither Israelis nor are they Gazans.
These people are living on land that is disputed and for which no agreement has yet been reached between the Palestinians and the Israelis.
Of course, none the above can help the Palestinians to gain supporters to help their cause. Too much information, too complicated, too tiresome.

In advertising, this is called the USP

It is much easier to show pictures of hurt/dead babies (many of which are fake) or by calling for a boycott on Israel.
This is a simplistic message that is easily understood and easy to take to heart and this is the message that is calling for supporters of Palestine to bully artists and cultural figures out of performing for Israeli audiences.

The calls to boycott continue, supported by some genuine activists and a lot more gullible and naïve human rights supporters who get sucked in by a simplistic call to act without a good understanding of the complexities involved.

You want to unleash your power as a human rights activist?
Go ahead and do so. But before you do, get informed and distrust easy answers and solutions because this conflict is anything but easy.
Because if you don’t you might find yourself to be a Pawn in the grand scheme of the Palestinians who want to destroy the State of Israel not live alongside it.

 

 

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“The show must go on” was probably the most repeated sentence young BatSheva Ensemble dancers have heard in the last months. Protesters interrupt the their show in Edinburgh several times last week, but the dancers kept on dancing….

Photo By: Bradford-theatres.co.uk

“The company is supported by the state since 1965 when it was formed. It is supported by the idea that money has to go back to art. That is why we get money”. said Ohad Nahrin, BatSheva’s creative director, following the show at the debate session, regarding to  BDS activists accusations that BatSheva is financed by Israeli government.
Naharin had also shared his solidarity with Palestinian cause but fully opposed disruption the show.

Critics and viewers enjoy the show which did not stopped even once due to the protesters, and finally got their 5 stars review .

The BatSheva Ensemble European tour is now taking place.
I could only suggest BDS activists to stop and think; Is your violent overaggressive attitude really working? or maybe you should consider a more peaceful and civilized way of protesting?

 

 

 

Full article by Or Barkan at Think Scotland

Support BatSheva Ensemble in Europe!

ARTISTS are usually passionate people who want to express their feelings, ideas and personalities on a stage.
Israeli ‘BatSheva’ dance ensemble have earned their invitations to the best stages Europe,
Not only are they highly acclaimed and have received great reviews, a quick glance on their website shows the ensemble to be truly multi-cultural with dancers from all over the world and, more relevantly a site in Hebrew, English and Arabic.

Meanwhile, the anti-Israel BDSers, protesters outside the theaters. they too use their “freedom of speech” And that is not necessarily a bad thing in itself.
I personally don’t agree with them but I do respect their right to be heard.

Will BDS protesters violently-destroy this upcoming BatSheva tour to Europe?

The Arab-Israeli conflict is anything but simple and what makes it more difficult to resolve is its portrayal in extremes of black and white. This polarization has led these protesters to dismiss their non-violent mantra, adding violence, hate, fear and intimidation to their arguments.

The line between legitimate non-violent protesting and vandalizing might not be so easy to nail down but there is one line that is very clear: the theater door.

The BDS protesters have crossed that threshold many times, bringing what might have been a legitimate protest inside, physically hijacking the hall for their protest.

The protesters-turned-vandals disrupt the shows repeatedly and are not arrested or even forcibly withdrawn from the hall leaving audience members “alarmed and vulnerable”.
They vandalize the rights of the BatSheva group members and their audience to enjoy an evening of art and culture, regardless of political or religious motives of people living thousands of miles away.
They search for a media spotlight, kidnapping the moment and the attention of the audience who definitely did not buy tickets to see these protesters’ “dance”.

It is therefore up to the theaters themselves to stand up to and stand by the reason they exist: the performance of art by artists to art lovers. They should have staff members to escort the “bullies” away to be fined the night’s tickets for ruining their evening.

Here is the International Schedule for BatSheva’s upcoming shows

Before watching the next video, all must be seated and take a moment to breathe in and out slowly.
you’re about to watch a real life insanity. now, push play.
CodePink is a group of anti war women activists who, by idea, has a beautiful world-peace agenda, if somewhat eclectic.
By practice, I would have to call them a bunch of girls seeking attention who’s long forgotten their values and would do anything to get a news headline anywhere.
It only takes one watch at the bridezillas video to make you wonder.
The way I understand it, these girls’ agenda and morals are simply not  strong enough  to reach crowd and attention;
or perhaps they’re insecure about them. Either way,  they appear to have had to turn to extreme measures.
and by extreme measures I mean making a complete fools of themselves trying to cause a provocation after realizing their point isn’t solid and can be argued very easily.

 

This last August CodePink showed up at the RNC Convention dressed up as huge Vaginas, claiming that’s what will make woman be proud to be females.
Well, News flash dear protesters, neither dressing up as brides or gigantic lady parts  will make me feel proud to be a female, my mind will do just fine and so will my mouth.
Real activists will have strong solid statements and will not have to use provocations or embarrass themselves so that they will be heard.
Tomorrow Tel Aviv will be occupied (Ha Ha) by thousands of Red Hot Chili Peppers fans!
A moment before that happens, Israeli DJ Noy Alooshe releases  a Mega-Mash-Up which unites some of the biggest international artists who preformed on Israeli stages recently,  in spite of BDS threats and harassments.
Rockn’Roll Baby!

 

Video includes:
Madonna, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chris Cornell, Morrissey, The Afghan Whigs, Rufus Wainwright, CIRQUE DU SOLEIL

BDS leaders and activists tend to make a lot of noise around what they consider “successful” campaigns, i.e. affirmation of specific calls for boycott. One of their main targets are Israeli products, and more specifically items produced in the Palestinian/ occupied territories.
A recent example is the plan to change the labeling of these products in South Africa, A prospect that sent the BDSers to celebrate with joy – Online and offline.
What they probably don’t take into account is the fact that these factories they call to boycott and shut down, pay salaries to thousands (around 15,000) of Palestinian workers, receive social benefits and the same paychecks as the Israeli workers.
I simply cannot understand this call for boycott. Are thousands of families and individuals becoming unemployed a good thing? Will the fact that they will lose their source of income a reason to celebrate? Is the unholy principle of boycott more important than actual people, with actual lives (Not internet “personas”) being fired?
Take for example the Lipski Plastic Industries factory, located in the Barkan Industrial Zone. There are 80 workers in this factory, 40 out of which are Palestinian. But apparently these concerned workers are simply not part of the BDSers’ plan. No-one cares about them losing their jobs.
The away I see it, these factories are small colonies of co-existence, places where Jews and Arabs work together. I don’t see the sense in boycotting (And hoping to shut down) these places.
Has anyone heard of a campaign calling to buy Palestinian produce’ rather than boycotting? Of course not, because BDSers believe that hate and destruction are more effective than cooperation and debate
The more I look into this issue’ the more I feel that the BDS activists have, in fact, no real desire of peace and that will do anything in their power to avoid it – As long as their self-righteous facade is kept in tact.

photo: flomotions.com

Despite it’s humble dimensions, Israel is both a major consumer and a significant exporter of culture.
Only in these last few months Tel Aviv was honored by great visitors such as Madonna, Guns N Roses, Chris Cornell and Morrissey who rocked the stages;  RHCP and the Prodigy are yet to come later this summer.
Alongside the “big names”, international indie artists perform in Israel every month, one of which is the Brian Jonestown Massacre band who played in Tel Aviv last week. In an interview given before the show, singer Anton Newcombe explained that he was adressed by BDS activists who urged him to cancel the gig and boycott Israel, a request he briefly  reffered to as “bullshit”.
The concert was covered positively by fans and critiques, a fact with which the BDS crowd just can’t accept.
The one and only infamous Tali Shapiro applied her usual methods of lies and harassment of which I’ve written in the past.
Frustrated with Newcomb’s attitude and refusal to give in, Shapiro posted on her blog on July 19th, a post  in which she once again personally harassing Anton and DEMANDS that he reads her materials, change his mind and express regret and understanding that performing in Israel is in fact an “apartheid supporting” deed. On this I shall use Anton’s own words- Bullshit.
The following Saturday, a person claiming to be a Joneston Massacre fan contacted The band’s leader on Twitter and linked to Shapiro’s post. This started a chain reaction of public harassment, which you can read over at Shapiro’s Twitter Account, and lasted for three days and countless tweets.
The fact that Anton ignored the ever repeating requests to boycott Israel, ignored her repeating tweets to him on the subject, ignored her Facebook mentions and blog post all didn’t matter to Shapiro. It didn’t stop her from using her regular method of addressing an artist as a “politically aware fan”, and then call all of her web-bully friends to flood his twitter feed again and again and again.
This  discussion was doomed to escalate. Anton wrote repeatedly that he is being harassed by Shapiro and the others, asked them to stop mentioning him and eventually blocked her account – And still, the BDS crowd just wouldn’t let go.
Anton Newcomb is not the only artist who’s being spammed and bugged by the BDS network of activists. They are targeting musicians and performers in general, they systematically follow upcoming concerts in Israel, and then nag them before (and AFTER…) with Facebook pages, online petitions and twitter accounts calling them to cancel their gigs- through harassing, obsessive  Spam campaigns.
Check out their Facebook page “TAG an artist Against Apartheid”‘ which I think should have been called:  “Tag an artists and mention and message and spam him till he wants to shoot himself”.
I want to dedicate this post to brave and patient Mr. Newcombe. I don’t know him personally but I do know that if it was me being harassed like that (AFTER the goddamn show!), I’d go for massive user reports…