Wednesday night, Tel Aviv jammed with the first-ever Israeli concert for the legendary Rolling Stones. Fifty thousand Israelis loved the concert with what many people consider the greatest band in the world. Israeli media tracked them touring the country – and their only complaint seemed to be the brutal heat, with Mick Jagger saying at the outset of the concert, “I need some water; hang on a sec.”
However, before they played, the two surviving founders of Pink Floyd sent the Rolling Stones an open letter urging them to cancel the concert “to demonstrate solidarity with the Palestinian people and their struggle against occupation.” The Pink Floyd fools didn’t mention the hundreds of thousands who have been killed in the last two years only a few miles from Tel Aviv in Syria. No mention of North Korea, Iran, the fact that homosexuals are killed everywhere else in the Middle East for being gay — but Israel they speak against.
They do not mention that the Rolling Stones – and all others – can’t play in most of the Middle East for a host of reasons. And of these artists, Bob Dylan’s 1983 song “Neighborhood Bully” had it right, when he crooned about Israel:
“He’s criticized and condemned for being alive. We are supposed to turn a blind eye while millions of Israeli citizens are in danger. He’s not supposed to fight back, he’s supposed to have thick skin, he’s supposed to lay down and die when his door is kicked in. The neighborhood bully been driven out of every land—he’s wandered the earth an exiled man. Seen his family scattered, his people hounded and torn. He’s always on trial for just being born. He’s the neighborhood bully.”
Israel continues to thrive — and the nation will continue to shine. It’s simple: Israel is a civilized, liberal Western Democracy, the good guys in the region. From Justin Timberlake to Rhianna, Alicia Keys to Madonna, plenty of artists have played in Israel and will continue to.
Ze’ev Jabotinsky, the Zionist ideologue wrote many years ago:
“It is not the anti-Semitism of men; it is, above all, the anti-Semitism of things, the inherent xenophobia of the body social or the body economic under which we suffer. Instead of excessive apology and instead of turning our backs to the accusers – as there is nothing to apologize for, and nobody to apologize to – it is long overdue to respond to all current and future accusations, reproaches, suspicions, slanders and denunciations by simply folding our arms and loudly, clearly, coldly and calmly answer,’Go to Hell!’
And that is the proper answer to Pink Floyd and all other supporters of boycotting Israel.
“Who are we, to make excuses to them; who are they to interrogate us? What is the purpose of this mock trial over the entire people where the sentence is known in advance? Our habit of constantly and zealously answering to any rabble has already done us a lot of harm and will do much more. The situation that has been created as a result, tragically confirms a well known saying: ‘Qui s’excuse s’accuse’ (He who apologizes condemns himself).
I consider this system to be false at its very root. We are hated not because we are blamed for everything, but we are blamed for everything because we are not loved. We do not have to apologize for anything. We are a people as all other peoples; we do not have any intentions to be better than the rest. We do not have to account to anybody; we are not to sit for anybody’s examination and nobody is old enough to call on us to answer. We came before them. We are what we are, we are good for ourselves, we will not change and we do not want to.”
This PR firm owner says Israel needs to apologize to no one.
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