Matisyahu Gig Cancelled: BDS Shows it’s True, Ugly Face
Matisyahu was set to perform at the Rototom Sunsplash Reggae Festival in Spain when something odd happened. Apparently, the event director, Filippo Giunta, asked the singer on Thursday to issue a “signing statement or video” that expressed in a “very clear” way that Palestinians are entitled to their own state. This was occasioned by other unnamed artists (cough, bullshit, cough) who threatened to not take the stage if Matisyahu was allowed to perform and by local BDS activists who accused Matisyahu of being a “Zionist” who supports the practice of “apartheid and ethnic cleansing.” There is no indication that any other artists were required issue such a signing statement. It seems as if the only reason Matisyahu was asked to do so was because he is Jewish and, like many Jews, he has visited Israel.
This action should put to rest the lie that the BDS movement is not aimed at Jews. It is now clear that BDS activists, in pursuing their craven agenda, will attack anyone who doesn’t toe their line. Matisyahu isn’t Israeli. He has never lived in Israel. He was targeted simply because he is Jewish. Will BDS activists now demand loyalty oaths from other Jews who have visited their ancient homeland? That remains to be seen but nothing about this story is surprising because it is consistent with everything every single BDS critic has ever said about BDs.
Matisyahu’s latest album is Akeda and he will be spending the rest of 2015 touring in Europe and North America in places not under the control of douchebag, Jew hating “activistas.”