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Sun Dec 11, 2011, 12:36 AM

Jello Biafra - Thoughts On Visit To Israel

Az originally posted this on DU2 but it's a really good article, and besides I wanted to get in the first new OP on a live DU3


So now I have been to Israel. I have also been to Palestine. At least I got a taste of the place, but not in the way I originally hoped.

Many people reading this know the uproar and complicated reasons my band, Jello Biafra and the Guantanamo School Of Medicine pulled out of a July 2nd show scheduled in Tel Aviv. In many ways I really wish we had played. But I also share most of the boycott's supporters' feelings about Israel's government, the occupation, and ongoing human rights violations.

I hope people take the time to understand how deeply this has torn at the fabric of our band. The promoter in Tel Aviv lost thousands, and I am eating thousands more in lost and re-booked airfares that I have no idea how I am going to pay, or how I will pay my bills for the rest of the year. Real human beings got hurt here.

This whole controversy has been one of the most intense situations of my life—and I thrive on intense situations. But the rest of the band was not used to this. How fair was it to drag them in in the first place? This is not like fighting Tipper Gore and the LAPD, greedy ex-Dead Kennedys members or more-radical-than-thou thugs who think it's OK to put someone in the hospital for being a "sellout." I gradually felt like I had gotten in over my head sticking my nose into one of the longest and nastiest conflicts on earth. I'd gotten as close as I wanted to one of those Herzog movies like "Fitzcarraldo" or "Aguirre, the Wrath of God." A responsible leader does not go, "Hey, check out that big storm at the top of Mt. Everest. Let's go up anyway just to see what happens."

So with the roller coaster still in my stomach and my head, I flew solo to Israel instead. The mission: to check things out myself and hopefully at least get closer to some kind of conclusion on whether artists boycotting Israel, especially me, is really the best way to help the Palestinian people. The same idea as before, but sadly, no gig.


http://www.alternativetentacles.com/page.php?page=jello_israel

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Violet_Crumble Dec 2011 OP
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Response to Violet_Crumble (Original post)

Sun Dec 11, 2011, 02:03 AM

1. The OP gave some insight into why some would participate in BDS

to often its been described as people who want to destroy Israel or who hate Israel in an irrational manner this article was written by someone who is neither of those things

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Response to Violet_Crumble (Original post)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 05:28 AM

2. Good Article, from Jello.

"The Arab-Israeli conflict, let alone the boycott of Israel, is not a black and white issue. It is more like all those quills on a porcupine. I am not an expert – just a very interested party who was only there a week. That is why I am deliberately including many different points of view I ran into, plus some history, background and interesting tidbits- in hope that people will at least take the time to stop and think. As one person I talked to put it, "There is a much more human side to this story than either side seems ready to accept."


Truer words have never been spoken... for Jello.

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Response to Violet_Crumble (Original post)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 01:55 PM

3. Good read

Long, but worth it.

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Response to Violet_Crumble (Original post)

Wed Dec 14, 2011, 10:23 PM

4. I am glad he had the opportunity

to go, and even moreso, to get out of Tel Aviv and see for himself what it is like out there where the people live and work, as opposed to having to rely on the media for information. I always say, if people judged New York based on media reported/hyped crimes happening in Brooklyn, no one would ever visit much less live there.

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Response to Violet_Crumble (Original post)

Sat Dec 17, 2011, 05:25 PM

5. Thanks.

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