Palestinian musical humanity denied

March 29, 2009 at 11:43 pm (anti-semitism, israel, Jim D, Middle East, music, palestine)

An orchestra of young Palestinian musicians plays for a group of holocaust survivers in Israel: a small step towards human understanding and reconciliation, you’d think: but no. It’s been sabotaged.


  1. Renegade Eye said,

    Really sad.

  2. Jim Denham said,

    Oh yes: I should have hat-tipped Adam Le Bore at That Place for drawing my attention to this truly tragic story…

  3. Susan said,

    Shiraz, the children in Gaza who were killed by the Israeli military will never get the chance to go to Tel Aviv. Save your tears for them.

  4. Sue R said,

    And, should we weep for the children, women and men of Darfur, Susan?

  5. sackcloth and ashes said,

    Or the orphans of Hamas terrorist attacks in Israel (not to mention the children of murdered Fatah members)? We can play this game all day, if we want to reduce ourselves to the level of those who hate Jews more than they love peace.

  6. johng said,

    “who hate Jews more than they love peace”. Its propaganda formulations like this that place the entire burden of responsibility for the conflict on Palestinians, misusing formulations about anti-semitism. that ultimately make dialogue impossible.

  7. Jim Denham said,

    johng: your comment doesn’t make any sense whatsoever and I simply fail to see how the formulation about hating Jews more than loving peace “places the entire burden of responsiblity for the conflict on the Palestinians.” It’s a comment, as I understand it, about *some* Palestinian leaders and a lot of pro-Palestinian campaigners in the West. It says nothing, one way or the other about the “burden of responsiblity”. But then logic and linguistic clarity never were your strong suits, were they?

  8. Dr Paul said,

    This is a classic case of the Palestinian habit of shooting oneself securely in the foot, something they are unfortunately very good at. Such an act does nothing for the Palestinians, as it reinforces ethnic/national divisions and makes them look petty, and gives the Israeli state and their fellow-travellers abroad much to gloat about.

    Whether the likes of Harry’s Place would advertise a similar act of stupidity on the other side of The Wall, I somehow doubt, although one hopes that this blog would give it equal publicity to this case.

  9. Lobby Ludd said,

    I guess it’s a case of ‘what Dr P says…’

    But, and there always is a ‘but’, we are talking here of bad politics. Nothing good about this, nothing good to say.

    The outcome of the recent elections in Israel, isn’t that rather more important?

    I think ‘sense of proportion’ is what is lacking, Jim.

  10. Voltaire's Priest said,

    Dr Paul: the answer is “yes we would”. Any such events you hear about and we haven’t, do tell us and we’ll post about them.

    Lobby: that’s a bit like saying “isn’t saying ‘capitalism is the root of world poverty today’ more important than anything?”. On the one level, yes, on another, this is a blog and not a left group’s newspaper. We write about things that happen to have tickled our individual writers’ interest on the day – as do most blogs which understand the point of the medium. I agree with you about the Israeli elections – they were appalling. But what do you wish we’d said that wasn’t already in the Guardian, Socialist Worker, the Morning Star…?

  11. Lobby Ludd said,

    Fair enough:

    “We write about things that happen to have tickled our individual writers’ interest on the day – as do most blogs which understand the point of the medium.”

    Which is why it is also fair enough to comment on the lopsided concerns of certain contributors.

  12. maxdunbar said,

    This is a blog, not a news service.

    And don’t be coy. Which of us has ‘lopsided concerns’?

  13. sackcloth and ashes said,

    My comment was aimed at people like ‘Susan’ and Johng.

  14. maxdunbar said,

    Apologies SA, I was asking Lobby

  15. sackcloth and ashes said,

    No worries, I was responding to the comment (posted yesterday afternoon) from our resident PhD drop-out.

  16. Lobby Ludd said,

    “And don’t be coy. Which of us has ‘lopsided concerns’?”

    Don’t take the piss.

  17. tcd said,

    {The concert was held at the Holocaust Survivors’ Center as part of “Good Deeds Day,” an annual event organized by an organization belonging to Israeli billionaire Shari Arison. }

    Israeli billionaire.

    {Shari Arison (born 1957) is an Israeli-American businesswoman and Israel’s wealthiest citizen. She is the owner of several businesses, the largest among them Bank Hapoalim. According to Forbes, she is the richest woman in the Middle East, and the only woman to be ranked in the region’s top 20 richest people in 2007.[1][2]

    Arison was born in New York, and is the daughter of the businessman Ted Arison and Mina Arison Sapir. She has an older brother, Micky. In 1966 her parents divorced, and she moved to reside with her mother in Israel. At the age of 12 she returned to the United States to live with her father, and five years later she returned to Israel in order to enlist in the Israeli Defense Forces.

    In 2003, she caused a big wave of protest after 900 workers were fired from Bank Hapoalim.

    In 2007 her husband, Ofer Glazer, was convicted and sentenced to six months in prison, for sexual harassment and indecent acts on two women.}

    So: a financial parasite, an willing ex-member of the IDF which has been slaughtering Palestinians for decades, and someone who is so pro-Jewish she fires 900 Israeli workers.

    And the part about her husband is just to complete the pciture of what nice people the Israeli bourgeoisie are.

    Strangely the Holocaust Survivors Center is not even online, but doing a gig for Shari Arison doesn’t look like any kind of “human understanding and reocncilaition”, but exploitation of a desperate people’s by a bourgeois and zionist peice of shit.

  18. Matt said,

    tcd, you are clearly irreformably anti-semitic. The concert was FOR holocaust survivors, yes or no? The reason the Palestinian official who dismissed the person organising it gave was that it highlighted Jewish suffering at the hands of the Nazis (thereby allegedly – how I can’t see – downplaying the plight of the Palestinians), nothing to do with the concert being sponsored by a billionaire who sacked workers.

  19. Jim Denham said,

    It would appear that tcd demands (and expects?) higher standards of rich Jewish capitalists than of other rich capitalists. And the fact that these Jews are rich and possibly corrupt taints any cause they support: even holocaust memorial activity, according to tcd.
    What a good thing that similar standards are not applied to Mr George Galloway and the “Stop the War” movement and “Respect”, eh?
    And, of course, demanding higher standards of the Jewish bourgeoisie than you would of any other bourgeoisie is not anti-semitic, is it? Neither is refering to such bourgeois as “zionist piece of shit.”

    I think tcd’s post is one of the most interesting and revealing I have seen in a long while. I shall be returning to it very soon.

  20. sackcloth and ashes said,

    I would also ask if tcd would be quite so obsessive about discovering any compromising details of the background of the organisers if – for example – this Palestinian children’s orchestra was invited to an alternative function, perhaps organised by that notable friend of the Palestinian cause, George Galloway. I also wonder if he’d get quite so worked up if it was for a purpose other than that of reminding Israelis and Palestinians – and Jews and Arabs – that they actually human beings with a common background of suffering and persecution.

    Maybe it’s dangerous in some quarters to challenge the consensus of Zionist evil. Maybe it does come back to my point about the supposed inability of ‘anti-Zionist’ Westerners to support efforts at genuine reconciliation.

  21. sackcloth and ashes said,

    Just to clarify on George Galloway’s ‘solidarity’ with Palestinians, this has meant transferring allegiance from secular nationalists (Fatah) to Islamist anti-Semites (Hamas). It has also meant grovelling to Saddam – the man who directed Abu Nidal’s assassination campaign against PLO activists in the 1980s.

    Pardon me if I rate Shari Arison as being in a different league than him.

  22. tcd said,

    What a sad obsession with George Galloway and RESPECT, in three psots you all mentioned him. Nobody is interested in you pathetic little childrens pathetic little rivalries from 6 years ago, stop living in blog land and stop being obsessive. Does it hurt you that much that somebody is allowed to publically disagree with your “common sense”?

    This thread is about a zionist billionaire manipualting some of the poorest children on earth for her own political interest, and gullbile “socialists” in England shedding tears for her. Claiming to own the voice of Holocaust survivors. Trying to win Palestinian kids over to thanking those who enslave and murder them, and trying to win them with some crumbs. Scum.

  23. Matt said,

    tcd, why not be honest and say Jewish billionaire, we all know that’s what you mean, if you’re going to be an anti-semite be open about it without using code words like ‘Zionist’.

    Who is shedding tears for the rich woman you say sponsored the event? If any tears are to be shed it is for the fact that a group of young Palestinian musicians cannot play for a group of elderly Jewish holocaust survivors without it being denounced by their ‘own side’ as ‘collaboration with the Zionists’.

  24. tcd said,

    “Why not be honest and say Jewish billionaire, we all know that’s what you mean, if you’re going to be an anti-semite be open about it without using code words like ‘Zionist’.”

    A zionist is someone who supports the colonisation of Palestine to create a majority Jewish state, a fascistic ideology based on ethnic cleansing, nationalism and apartheid. Saying “Jewish billionaire” is therefore not the same as saying “zionist billionaire”, because a Jew could be a billionaire but in no way support or participate in the state of Israel.

    “Who is shedding tears for the rich woman you say sponsored the event? If any tears are to be shed it is for the fact that a group of young Palestinian musicians cannot play for a group of elderly Jewish holocaust survivors without it being denounced by their ‘own side’ as ‘collaboration with the Zionists’.”

    I don’t say Shari Arison sponsored the event, and neither does the article linked to. It says she *owns* the “Holocaust Survivros Center – an organization of which there is no record ont he internet at all (strange?). This means it is her private property and therefore entirely serves her wishes.

    Seeing as she is a member of the Israeli bourgeoisie and the Israeli bourgeosie recentl carried otu a mass slaughter of Palestinians, it is therefore not in very good tatste for her to use her enormous (and parasitically gained wealth) to wheel out some Palestinian kids to endorse her own privately owned organizatio,w hich can only mean endorsing her as an individual – i.e. an oppressed people endorsing one of the most powerful bourgeois of the state which crushes them daily.

  25. sackcloth and ashes said,

    I think we can all see what colour ‘tcd’ wears. It’s a very unpleasant shade of brown. I’m anticipating his next post, something along the lines of ‘Holocaust? What Holocaust?’.

  26. resistor said,


    more good news

    Israeli exports hit by European boycotts after attacks on Gaza
    A fifth of Israeli exporters report drop in demand as footage of Gaza attacks changes behaviour of consumers and investors


    UN appoints Gaza war-crimes team

  27. sackcloth and ashes said,

    Yeah, it’s good to see Richard Goldstone go to Gaza. Given his calibre, I expect he’ll see through all the bullshit which Jew-haters (sorry, ‘anti-Zionists’ like ‘resistor’) get their cheap thrills from.

  28. resistor said,

    Report of the STUC Delegation to Palestine and Israel 28 February – 7 March 20093rd April 2009

    At STUC Congress 2007 a resolution was carried which called on the General Council to explore the merits of the calls for boycott, disinvestment and sanctions (BDS) against the state of Israel until it complies with international law and agreed human rights principles.

    In September 2007 the General Council agreed a process for considering the BDS calls. A crucial part of this process was to visit the region and discuss BDS directly with trade unions from Israel and Palestine. A delegation of eleven trade unionists from the STUC visited Israel and Palestine in Spring 2009

    Click to access Delegation%20Report%202009.pdf

    ‘In the light of what we witnessed and heard in our meetings in Israel and the Occupied Territories, it is the delegation’s view that the General Council should recommend to the Annual Congress the need to take a position of supporting boycott and disinvestments, and calling for sanctions against Israel because of the Israeli state’s violation of human rights.’

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