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Monday, August 24, 2015

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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At 1:01 AM, Blogger Hutzpan said...

Correction: the festival was in Spain.

At 9:35 AM, Blogger Lawrence said...

Why all this even lukewarm commendation for Norton? He's still a hardcore Jew-hater, that's what it means to support BDS. That needs to be mentioned.

At 6:57 PM, Blogger Empress Trudy said...

Like BDS agent Norman Finkelstein's complaint that BDS is unfair when it targets Jews...like him.


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