Posted by Richard Millett
After a scathing assessment by the Spanish Foreign Ministry of Rototem’s refusal to allow American Jewish singer Matisyahu to perform at their Sunsplash music festival this weekend just because he refused to endorse a Palestinian state Rototem has now relented and invited him back to sing at the festival. Although concerns about being sued might also have had a say in Rototem’s about turn.
“The imposition of the requirement to make a public statement, which was only imposed on him, constitutes an offensive form of action which, in so far as this was required of Matisyahu due to his Jewish beliefs, brings into question the principle of non-discrimination that is one of the bases for plural and diverse societies.
The government declares its understanding at the discontent expressed by the Jewish community and reiterates its rejection of all forms of anti-Semitism.
Furthermore, Spain reiterates its rejection of boycott campaigns in relation to Israel, as well as its firm position in favour of a negotiated solution to the conflict based on an independent State of Palestine that co-exists in peace and prosperity side-by-side Israel.”
Rototem immediately apologised for its mistake which it blamed on “the campaign of pressure, coercion and threats employed by the BDS País Valencià.”
As cowardly as Rototem originally were, those with experience of BDS activists know how aggressive they can be. Witness this charming character’s response as I was filming his attempt to tell Christmas shoppers to boycott Israeli shop Ahava in London:
Meanwhile, Jeremy Corbyn arrogantly continues his campaign to become Labour Party leader despite almost 70% of British Jews being concerned about such a prospect.
And Corbyn’s office attempted to answer the seven questions asked of Corbyn by the Jewish Chronicle. Here is an example of how pathetic his answers are; when asked why he accepted a platform with an anti-Semitic cartoonist this coming weekend his office replied “Jeremy Corbyn is not speaking at this event.”
Yes, but that doesn’t answer why he accepted the invitation in the first place!
But it isn’t just British Jews Corbyn should be apologising to. He should now be apologising to all British, American and Dutch people after the discovery that in 2009 he shared a Stop The War Coalition platform with Lebanese extremist Abou Jahjah who reportedly said in 2004 that “I consider every dead American, British and Dutch soldier a victory.”
Corbyn, as ever, originally denied knowing anything about Abou Jahjah. He then had to backtrack after his staff discovered that he had met him.
Abou Jahjah, himself, has since described Corbyn as a “political friend” and said they had regularly dined together.
And if that isn’t bad enough Channel 4 has just uncovered a video of Corbyn speaking on Russia Today (RT) in 2014 equating American forces with ISIS. Corbyn said of ISIS: “Yes they are brutal, yes some of what they have done is quite appalling, likewise what the Americans did in Fallujah and other places is appalling.” (See video clip here)
So Americans fighting Al Qaida is the same as ISIS beheading, raping and torturing innocent Syrians and Iraqis? What a sick mind Corbyn has.
But the arrogant and offensive Corbyn won’t resign because, sadly, he has too much support. Judging from the radio-phone-in shows his supporters believe their dear leader in waiting is being “smeared by the establishment.”
They also parrot Corbyn’s line that “you have to talk to people you don’t agree with”. But when such people amount to self-confessed Jew-murderers like Hamas and Hezbollah whom Corbyn refers to as “friends” it shows how many Britons are rapidly losing their moral compass. Very worrying, indeed.