#BDS_Fail Matisyahu gets an apology and an invitation
After a day that saw the Rototom festival condemned by its own government
, American Jewish reggae singer Matisyahu
has received an apology and a new invitation.
The Rototom Sunsplash reggae festival said it
rejects any form of discrimination and anti-Semitism, and said it was
sorry for canceling Matisyahu’s August 22 show.
The new invitation asks Matisyahu – the stage
name of the ex-ultra-Orthodox artist whose real name is Matthew Miller –
to perform in his originally planned slot on the festival’s Main Stage.
“We respect the Jewish community and sincerely
apologize for what happened,” the festival organizers said in a
statement, according to the Spanish news site El Mundo.
“Rototom publicly apologizes for canceling
Matisyahu’s concert and announces that he has been invited to perform on
Saturday, August 22 at the festival, as originally scheduled,” it says.
The statement blamed the local anti-Israel
group BDS País Valencià, which campaigned to cancel Matisyahu’s
invitation, for “pressures, threats and coercion” efforts that
threatened to “seriously disrupt the normal functioning of the festival”
and “prevented the management of the situation with clarity.”
In a hint that the festival may be facing
legal troubles for singling out the Jewish performer, the festival said
it “reaffirms its commitment” to each person’s freedom of belief as
recognized in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the Spanish
It will be interesting to see whether the anti-Semites try to disrupt his performance.
Labels: anti-Semitism, BDS, Matisyahu, Spain