Monday, April 28, 2008

Today's Zionism at its best

This says it all. When Israel celebrates its 60th Independence Day many of the most prominent Israeli artists will not perform here. Idan Raichel, Rami Kleinstein, David Broza, Achinoam Nini, all of them will be performing in the United States. Israeli audiences - i.e., in the case of Independence Day celebrations, municipalities and local authorities - most probably are unable to afford the fees ( in dollars!, even in Israel ) that these stars charge. This way rich Jews and Israeli emigrants ( for whom the incentives offered by the Absorption Ministry in order to lure them back home are nothing but an insulting joke ) will be able to dance around the American fleshpots on the tunes of some of the best artists that Israel has to offer. And who comes to celebrate here? Mikhail Gorbachev, George W. Bush, Rupert Murdoch, Henry Kissinger, Abdurrahman Wahid, and Sergey Brinn, to name a few names on Shimon Peres' guest list. What a shame that Barbara Streisand will not be singing Avinu Malkenu in Jerusalem after all. PS: If I sound bitter and frustrated, maybe that is because I am. And I am not the only one over here, I am sure. Honestly, isn't all this even slightly ridiculous?

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