The Music World Goes Anti-Israel – Part III

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[Editor’s note: This is the final installment of a three-part series. Click the following for Part I and Part II.]

The campaign to pressure artists to boycott is part of a highly organised mass movement. As with pro-Palestinians generally, the so called BDS (Boycott Divestment Sanction) Movement continually draws parallels between apartheid South Africa and Israel. Although some try to qualify this by saying they aren’t exactly the same, comparisons between these states are clearly absurd. Yet the effort to label Israel as “apartheid” continues to grow.

The commonly stated aim of this endeavor is to improve the conditions of Palestinians. However, a sinister motive can be found behind the humanitarian language. When referring to the success in dealing with apartheid South Africa, they are of course talking about the successful role boycott played in destroying the state as it was. While few would think this was anything other than a good thing, the same “successful” methods are being applied to Israel, indicating the same conclusions are envisaged: the destruction of Israel as a Jewish state. This stance is evident in the inferred or explicit opinions of those supporting boycott and found in boycott documentation. To quote an average (relatively moderate) BDS document by the “MA’AN Development Center” (sic) called “Boycott, Divestment, & Sanctions – lessons learned in effective solidarity”:

The similarities between apartheid South Africa and Israel are, sadly, well known. However, one analogy may prove particularly useful: South Africa’s resistance history offers useful lessons around local and international civil protest and more notably regarding the potential impact a coordinated campaign of boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) could have. Just as occurred in South Africa, existing solidarity for Palestine needs to be galvanized to transform current feeling. By increasing awareness of the movement and drawing upon the successful South African experience, the report aims to inform civil society movements of how to better harness the mass outrage felt by so many over Israel’s violations of the rights of the Palestinian people. … these efforts must occur at all levels; locally, regionally and internationally. Moreover, boycott, divestment sanctions is a tactic that can be adopted by individuals, companies and governments, meaning we all have the agency to make a difference.

There is a peculiar assertion in the document: “Boycotting Israeli products cannot be successfully accomplished without a transition to, and promotion of, Palestinian products.” Numerous organisations have been established such as PalTrade, which promotes trade of Palestinian products locally and internationally. Thus the aim is not only to weaken Israel. They want a strong Palestinian economy that could eventually shift the balance of power from a weakened Israel. This is clearly going beyond the stated aim of forcing Israel to improve the lot of the Palestinians.

The BDS campaign often crosses into outright bigotry by using anti-Semitic imagery. It attacks Israel’s essence as a Jewish state despite the presence of its explicitly Islamic neighbours. It condemns, à la extremist Palestinianism, instead of attempting to change policies in a constructive fashion. It is part of the strategy adopted by NGOs during the infamous Durban I Conference, which was supposed to combat racism but turned into an anti-Semitic hate-fest.

The prime figure of the boycott movement is Omar Barghouti, who is a founding member of PACBI (Palestinian Campaign for Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel) and one of the movement’s principal strategists and advocates. His words are a telling indicator of the extremism of the movement. For example, at a conference at London University he stated: “Those who imagine they can wish away the conflict by suggesting some forums for rapprochement, détente, or ‘dialogue’ — which they hope can lead to authentic processes of reconciliation and eventually peace — are either clinically delusional or dangerously deceptive.”

Barghouti opposes any association with Israel and seeks a one-state solution – the destruction of Israel: “It is not the occupation of the West Bank that is the problem, but the existence of Israel itself.” He also has links with terrorists, such as a family connection with Marwan Barghouti, who committed some of the more depraved acts of terror in the history of this conflict.

Omar Barghouti condemns academic and artistic collaborations between Israelis and Palestinians as “providing Israel with a figleaf covering up Israel’s relentless colonisation of Palestinian land and its crimes against the Palestinian people.” Palestinians who have engaged with Israelis are “guilty of moral blindness and political shortsightedness.” He thinks such people are tempted by the “lure of project funding, prestige and personal gain.” Thus, it should be a source of great amusement to know that he is studying a postgraduate degree in philosophical ethics at Tel Aviv University, at least partially to enhance his own prestige, and is reportedly being funded by Israel, the very same state he seeks to annihilate.

When an Israeli newspaper asked him for comment about his never-ending degree, he said: “My studies at Tel Aviv University are a personal matter and I have no interest in commenting.” It caused an understandable level of anger in Israel, but Tel Aviv University refuses to expel him despite a 65,000 signature petition. This is the same university that allows its academics to frequently cross the line by advocating the boycott of its own institutions, and of Israel generally. Their philosophy department houses the likes of Barghouti, lecturer Anat Kam, who presented herself as a heroine after stealing classified military information, and other lecturers that campaigned to prevent Colonel Pnina Sharvit-Baruch, formerly of the IDF law division and the target of a sustained pro-Palestinian smear campaign, from lecturing on law. Playing the victim card, PACBI called the Barghouti petition “McCarthyist,” and argued the accusation of hypocrisy is “an absurd position, given the complete lack of alternatives available” for Palestinians who endorse BDS, but study at Israeli universities. Peculiar then that this “Palestinian” was born in Qatar, grew up in Egypt, and moved to the West Bank in adulthood.

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  • sobieski

    never again will I listen to these communist useful idiots of islam-Waters and Gilmour.Good riddance Pink Floyd!Full respect for Lou Reed and Gov,t Mule(Allman Brothers Bands Warren Haynes band) who played in Israel.Naturally Bob Dylan will be there .may the Lord bless him abundantly.Carlos Santana needs to play in Israel otherwise his whole talk what he is all baout is just bullshit.I listen to his stuff since 1972 but if he is going to bend backwards to islamic barbarians I may dump him too.I dont like Elton John for who he is but I do respect him for being fair and playing in Israel.

  • Andres de Alamaya

    In the case of contemporary groups that claim to be musical, apartheid would be most appropriate not just in Israel but in the rest of the civilized world.

  • Rifleman

    The same people that are organizing and pushing the effort to discredit Israel and strip her defenses do the same to every US ally. They NEVER decry our weapons and aid to the enemies on Israel's border, though it's about four times what we send to Israel. Nor do they EVER mention that the $2 billion aid we give to Israel is due to carter's Camp David accords.

    They are the commies in our midst and their dupes and useful idiots. They are too consistent for it to be anything but design. They default to the commies and commie aliies every time.

  • http://thereisnosantaclaus.blogspot.com TINSC

    This column says very little about the music industry and whether or not it is embracing efforts at an anti-Israel boycott. We certainly know of several anti-Israel boycott efforts, but this article tells us little if anything about the headline.

    As such, I find this particular article to be rather disappointing. If the anti-Israel boycott effort is gaining real traction in the music industry, I'd certainly like to know about it. This article didn't tell me anything.

  • http://thereisnosantaclaus.blogspot.com TINSC

    This column says very little about the music industry and whether or not it is embracing efforts at an anti-Israel boycott. We certainly know of several anti-Israel boycott efforts, but this article tells us little if anything about the headline.

    If the anti-Israel BDS effort is gaining traction in the music industry, I'd certainly like to know about it.

  • Sonne

    It is insane to me that a large percentage of my tax dollars go to keep another nation armed. I didn't start WW2 why should I have to pay the price? Make the Germans pay for it.

  • lovezion

    ALL THIS WASTE OF OUR TIME AND ENERGY AND AGGRAVATION IS TOTALLY USELESS, for 2000 years even the non-aggressive antisemites haven't changed a bit and WILL NEVER CHANGE despite Jews' and Israelis' continuous efforts to do the politically correct thing, even helping their own enemies!…Israel endured nonstop (still does) bloodshed and destruction of its cities. To help Israel and Jews to get well deserved PEACE we MUST try something else than writing articles, explaining, etc. Hear me out: CONT'D ON NEXT….

  • lovezion

    Cont'd from previous:
    YOUNG/HEALTHY/STRONG JEWS AND SYMPATHIZERS OF THE WORLD: STOP WHINING OR CRITICIZING ISRAEL – NO GOVERNMENT WILL HELPS US. NO ANTISEMITES EVER CHANGE. LEAVE YOUR ROTTEN COUNTRIES AND GO TO ISRAEL TO STAY AND PROCREATE IN ABUNDANCE, NONSTOP. GO FIGHT FIERCELY AS NEVER BEFORE. EMPOWER ISRAEL TO REGAIN ITS RIGHTFULLY-WON TERRITORIES AND CONQUER MORE! ISRAEL NEEDS NOT ONLY TO EXIST BUT TO PREVAIL IN FULL FORCE INCREASING POWER CONTINUALLY TO ASSURE NOT BEING ATTACKED BY ANYONE!!! ISRAEL NEEDS YOU AND YOU NEED ISRAEL, WE BELONG TO EACH OTHER AND IT'S ONLY FAIR THAT YOU, YOUNG AND HEALTHY YIDS, GO AND HELP IT NOW! HOW ELSE DID AMERICA BECOME GREAT? THOSE THINKING WE CAN CHANGE EVIL… ARE NAIVE AT BEST (I CALL THEM DANGEROUS STUPID IDIOTS!!!

  • Kim Bruce

    These communist Islamic Hamas sympathizers have their heads in the sand. They are uneducated on Hamas or the atrocities that they are perpetrating against their own people.
    They truly disgust me to the core.

  • johnnywood

    It is a good thing that we have Israel so the leftists can blame them for everything that they cannot blame Bush for. No wait, Israel and Bush are to blame for everything wrong in the world! Sorry, just got a little carried away there.

  • muchiboy

    " comparisons between these states are clearly absurd. "

    What you mean is that you find comparisons between these states shameful and unpalatable.Apartheid referred to the " separateness" of the races.The policy of Apartheid was to keep "apart" the victimizers and the victims.The Afrikaner occupiers of South Africa emigrated from Europe as did the Zionist occupiers of Palestine.Both populations displaced the settlers from their lands.The Boers ruled by keeping blacks in separate townships and homelands.The Zionists ruled by ethnic cleansing that in the end was more effective and sinister.Both systems were evil but only the Israeli system persists.Muchiboy

  • http://intensedebate.com/people/WilliamJWard WilliamJamesWard

    The war against Israel is in great part to discredit America and challenge the Christian
    World which is also targeted for Islamification and always has been, the ongoing
    battles transcend centuries of bloodshed. Quite often in History Jihadists have
    worked on the powers that be to turn against Jews, often provoking attempts at
    extermination and ruin. With information at our fingertips today it will be hard to
    get away with surfeit on a grand scale, so what happens is Muslim money finds its
    way into the unemployed hands of willing dupes to demonstrate no matter how
    idiotic and mentally demeaning the effort is. America must return to its war in
    a global fashion against the expansion of Islam and overall change the policy to
    one of abolition, this town ain't big enough for the ……………..William

  • steven L

    Muslim Arabs are spending billions in disinformation and keep masses in abject ignorance and poverty.

  • Sammy_249

    Yes, the "boycott/divestment/sanctions" efforts amount to economic warfare against Israel. And it is disappointing that some performing artists are refusing to perform in Isarel, whether it be out of intimidation, or political ignorance, or considered anti-Israelism. But are Israelis any poorer because Carlos Santana, Elvis Costello, The Pixies, Klaxons, and Gorillaz declined to visit? I think not. The artists themselves are on the losing side of the deal. The West is well advanced in a process of moral, social, and economic decline. It is not strange that Western popular culture finds Israel hard to deal with.