News from Chelm: Knesset discusses ways to pressure performers not to cancel concerts in Israel

Today in Knesset, Ronit Tirosh of Kadima (the opposition party that almost never opposes racist and anti-democratic legislation, and often sponsors it) convened a discussion in the Commitee on Education, Culture and Sport about compelling reluctant pop stars to perform in Israel. The legislators were joined by Shuki Weiss, a big time Israeli concert promoter who has lost thousands from last minute cancellations by artists like Elvis Costello. “The state must intervene,” Weiss said, according to Achbar Ha’ir, an Israeli arts and culture publication (I am summarizing the Hebrew article).

So what sort of intervention did the committee propose? First, Tirosh raised the idea of compensating promoters like Weiss for their losses with some form of state supervision or insurance. This is wonderful idea, but only if you are pro-BDS. One of the key argument against BDS hinges on the specious idea that the boycott targets innocent Israeli citizens. Why should we punish Israelis for their government? anti-BDS people argue, assuming that somehow the people didn’t elect their government and don’t participate in maintaining the Occupation. But if the Israeli government doles out money to wealthy promoters to cover their losses (while the Finance and Housing Ministries bilk, exploit and evict tens of thousands of working class Jewish families — and you won’t hear about their plight from the Z Word or other hasbarist blogs) the cultural boycott becomes a direct means of targeting the state.

The only other idea that Tirosh and the committee could come up with was to do hasbara, or officially sanctioned propaganda, on Facebook and social media sites to encourage artists to make good on their plans to perform in Israel. This seems to be Israel’s answer to all its problems, as though commercials filled with bikini-clad girls on Tel Aviv beaches can distract from or paper over the crimes those same girls commit while in IDF uniform.

Of course, if Israel wanted to improve its international reputation, it could give unlimited permits to Palestinians from the West Bank and Gaza to attend concerts in Israel. Why are illegal Jewish settlers from Hashmonaim able to see Macy Gray perform in Tel Aviv while my friend Said Amireh, a 19-year-old from the Palestinian who lives a few hundred meters away in Nilin, imprisoned behind a giant wall, can not? The answer is that the state is built on a foundation of discrimination. Because it does not intend to change, it must prepare for worldwide castigation.

Weiss went on to predict that things will get worse for Israel, especially in the age of social media-inspired revolutions in the Arab world like the one in Egypt. On this point, he is completely correct. The Dizengoff Command Band’s semi-satirical hit from Israeli in 1970, “The Whole World is Against Us,” has become a self-fulfilling prophecy.

14 thoughts on “News from Chelm: Knesset discusses ways to pressure performers not to cancel concerts in Israel

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  2. walt kovacs

    slow news day

    never mind that max still refuses to go to egypt to help the truly oppressed

    oh max…your pal from the west bank cant travel into tel aviv, because the last time israel allowed such travel to occur, your pals decided to blow up buses filled with innocent people

  3. Arabi

    “never mind that max still refuses to go to egypt to help the truly oppressed”

    The Egyptians can certainly help themselves without max having to be there. Just today, a Million of them gathered, and protested, and will eventually topple the dictator, you and the Zionazi, Knesset Zombies helped stay in power for almost 20 years, and now, the same Zionazis are demanding that the world keep Mubarak in Power, to further oppress and torment his own people, for their own benefit.

    always a pleasure trashing the bar bouncer’s Zio-trolls.

  4. walt kovacs

    Arabi

    guess you arent watching carefully….what i saw today was groups of secret police beating the protesters

    they need max’s help

    and i take umbrage at the term zionazi…you proterrorist buffoon

  5. Arabi

    “guess you arent watching carefully….what i saw today was groups of secret police beating the protesters”

    I’m watching very carefully, you kosher Schmuck. Were there a Million of them?…Because that’s how many people were protesting……soon or later, these thugs will disperse.

    “and i take umbrage at the term zionazi…you proterrorist buffoon”

    Good for you then, you Zionazi, Torah-Masturbating, murderer

  6. gd

    @ Arabi, I don’t read Walt’s comments, but I read the others. “Zionazi, Torah-Masturbating, murderer”, well said.

  7. walt kovacs

    the jew hate from you proterrorists is amazing

    journalists and bloggers are being beaten and arrested in egypt…and max is safe and sound and allowed (thanks to his hanging in a true democracy) to write whatever he wants.

    and rose…i choose not to enter a dangerous situation, because i am neither an activist, nor a self proclaimed biased journalist

    and arabi, i have never killed anyone….dont even own a gun….not that it matters to a jew hater like you

    and rose…you dont own this blog…unless you are max in a dress….max can ban me if he wants…but i take it that he neither reads nor moderates the comments

  8. Arabi

    “the jew hate from you proterrorists is amazing”

    you keep parroting this nauseating hasbara “proterrorists” and “Jew Hater” as if they actually mean something. They don’t. and thanks to Jews like you, those terms are worthless. In any case, if you don’t like what we say here, then Vamoose. You weren’t invited here, and you weren’t asked to vomit your insolence, every time Max writes something.

    “journalists and bloggers are being beaten and arrested in egypt…”

    and guess what? those bloggers and journalists have an ENTIRE CHANNEL called Al Jazeera broadcasting their plight 24/7, plus a million-man fighting for their rights on the ground……can you say the same about the people Max is fighting for?…..didn’t think so!!!!!!….they get shot at, and killed, only with some grandpa commission, to exonerate the murderer, and people like you to parrot their finding, hoping that the world is retarded enough to believe it.

    “and arabi, i have never killed anyone….dont even own a gun….not that it matters to a jew hater like you”

    You’re right…..it doesn’t…..because defending a Murderer and finding excuses for him, makes you just as guilty as the Murderer.

  9. walt kovacs

    arabi

    crying over the deaths of terrorists makes you as guilty as the terrorist

    and when you use ad homonyms, such as “kosher shmuck”, “torah masturbating”, “zionazi”….sorry…but you are a jew hater….simple as that

    admit it…the only jews you like and admire are those that are disconnected and would be happy being back in dhimmi status

    sorry m’boy….never again

    the arab world is exploding…amazing how you cant pull yourself away from israel and the faux plight of the faux palestinian

  10. Arabi

    “crying over the deaths of terrorists makes you as guilty as the terrorist”

    You’re a blithering clown……..were the 400 children burned alive with white phosphorus in Gaza also Terrorists?.

    “and when you use ad homonyms, such as “kosher shmuck”, “torah masturbating”, “zionazi”….sorry…but you are a jew hater….simple as that”

    as if I really care what you think!!!

    “admit it…the only jews you like and admire are those that are disconnected and would be happy being back in dhimmi status”

    VERY WELL…..THE ONLY JEWS I LIKE ARE THOSE WHO DON’T MASTURBATE WITH THEIR TORAH LIKE YOU……THERE!….HAPPY??

    AS FOR BEING DHIMMIS, IF BEING DHIMMIS WAS THAT BAD, WHY DID YOUR ANCESTORS, LIKE MAIMONIDES SETTLE IN OUR LANDS?

    NOW TIME FOR YOU TO ADMIT THAT THE ONLY BEASTLY ANIMAL GOYS YOU LIKE ARE THE ONES THAT SERVE YOUR CAUSE LIKE USEFUL IDIOTS.

    “the arab world is exploding…amazing how you cant pull yourself away from israel and the faux plight of the faux palestinian”

    AND I SUPPORT WHAT IS HAPPENING RIGHT NOW IN THE ARAB WORLD….I SUPPORT TUNISIA, EGYPT, YEMEN, JORDAN, AND HELL, I EVEN SUPPORT THE SYRIAN PEOPLE, WHO WILL PROTEST TOMORROW BY THE WAY – AGAINST THEIR REGIME. AND I HOPE ALL OF THEM REPLACE THEIR CORRUPT LEADERS – LEADERS IN WHICH MOST HAVE BEEN INSTALLED BECAUSE THEY GIVE THEIR BLESSINGS TO YOUR PARIAH STATE IN THE FIRST PLACE, BY THE WAY. AND YOUR POINT IS…………???????

    IT’S JUST AMAZING THE AMOUNT OF SQUIRMING YOU RESORT TO TO WIGGLE YOURSELF OUT OF SITUATION WHENEVER YOU ARE CORNERED.

  11. trog69

    Great catch, Max. I really appreciate the work you’re doing. I sure wish there were more out there reporting on this terrible tragedy.

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