Everyone knows that Israel is currently threatened by terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Hezbollah — both supported by the virulently anti-Israel Iranian regime. But what many do not know is that Israel is also under attack in a cultural war which seeks to destroy her by way of boycotts and divestments. The freest state in the Middle East is under attack from “peace activists,” pro-Palestinian organizations, professors and others who seek to starve Israel economically. But perhaps the most troubling trend in recent months is the popular entertainers who are refusing to perform in the only Jewish country in the world.
Roger Waters, former front man of Pink Floyd and one of the most critically acclaimed artists of all-time, has formally joined the BDS campaign against Israel. In an open letter a few days ago he wrote:
“For me it means declaring my intention to stand in solidarity, not only with the people of Palestine, but also with the many thousands of Israelis who disagree with their governments racist and colonial policies, by joining a campaign of Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel, until it satisfies three basic human rights demanded in international law. 1. Ending its occupation and colonization of all Arab lands [occupied since 1967] and dismantling the Wall; 2. Recognizing the fundamental rights of the Arab-Palestinian citizens of Israel to full equality; and 3. Respecting, protecting and promoting the rights of Palestinian refugees to return to their homes and properties as stipulated in UN resolution 194.”
It is important to note Mr. Waters’ third demand, the right of return, which would demographically destroy Israel and transform it into another Muslim-dominated country in the Middle-East (just what the world needs!)
Among other things, this is what is instructed by the BDS Campaign that Roger Waters has joined:
“Individual consumers can show their opposition to Israel’s project by participating in a consumer boycott of Israeli goods and services.”
Does Mr. Waters genuinely advocate this sentiment? Does Mr. Waters know that Israel is one of the world’s most technologically advanced countries in the world, churning out medical advances at a rapid pace? Israeli scientists created the first computerized, diagnostic instrument for breast cancer without radiation. Israeli medical technicians also developed an ingestible video camera–tiny enough to fit in a pill–to observe the small intestine. This medical breakthrough assists doctors in diagnosing cancer and digestive disorders.
Israeli citizens are involved in numerous other medical innovations that are improving the quality of life on earth. Does Mr. Waters encourage his fellow musicians and citizens to not utilize these lifesaving technologies? Of course he does not. Therefore, he is a hypocrite, plain and simple.
Other artists, including The Pixies, Elvis Costello and the Gorillaz, to my knowledge have not formally joined the BDS campaign like Waters, but nonetheless have canceled their performances in Israel. Elvis Costello claimed his “conscience” wouldn’t allow him to perform in Israel. The Gorillaz, in a genuinely hypocritical move, performed in Syria — a country that supports terrorism — just a few weeks after canceling their gig in Israel.
I would like to ask these musicians: Do you support America’s war in Iraq? (Of course, they do not.) Then why don’t you refuse to play in America? The obvious answer is they cannot afford to boycott America or they would be out of business. So basically, they can boycott tiny Israel–the only country in the world constantly threatened with annihilation from racist, genocidal armies–because it won’t negatively affect their income. How Courageous!
These artists think they are engaged in a great noble and moral crusade. But they are not. These artists think they are being courageous by boycotting Israel. But they are not. These musicians are cowards, hypocrites and moral idiots as they are shunning the only country in the Middle East that grants Arabs freedom and opportunity. The truth of the matter is that these musicians are only boycotting Israel because it’s a chic leftist cause and it makes them feel good about themselves.