Leading BDS'er writes post blasting ban on Matisyahu, post disappears down memory hole
Leading BDS'er Benjamin Norton wrote a post criticizing the ban placed
(and subsequently removed
) on Matisyahu by the Rototom festival in France last week. The post has disappeared down the memory hole
Norton writes for the anti-Zionist Mondoweiss website, as well as a
slew of other places on the topic of how bad Israel is. While I don’t
agree with most of what Norton says, he certainly is prolific and an
upcoming opinion-leader in that sphere.
So when I saw Norton pen a column severely criticizing the ban
on American Jewish musician Matisyahu at the behest of a Spanish branch
of the BDS movement, I was, well, surprised. All the more so because
leading American BDS activists like Ali Abunimah and Max Blumenthal were
seeking to justify the ban because Matisyahu was too pro-Israel.
While I disagree with some of the characterizations — for example, in
reality BDS does boycott individuals, and it is not a peaceful movement
which seeks justice for all — the overall point was pretty much the
point that Zionist supporters of Matisyahu are making: Keep politics out
of music, and don’t single out Jews for extra political scrutiny.
Now the post, however, is gone.
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Labels: anti-Semitism, BDS, Matisyahu, Spain