Middle East studies in the News
Mark LeVine Defends Matisyahu Boycott at Spanish Music Fest
by Gary Fouse
UC Irvine professor and Campus Watch Howler of the Month legend Mark LeVine told me once that if I ever called him an anti-Israel activist again, I was going to have a big problem. That was slanderous, said Mark.
So it never ceases to confuse me when Mark writes articles like this-for Al Jazeera, no less. In this latest piece de resistance,Mark confuses us all with this twisted analysis of the recent appearance of pro-Israel Jewish performer Matisyahu at a Spanish reggae festival.
"Among his views, as detailed by the BDS Pais Valencia, Matisyahu has defended the murder of international activists by IDF forces in the infamous 2010 Gaza Freedom Flotilla,....."
If he is referring to the Mari Marmara incident, since when is self defense "murder"?
"Matisyahu has no place appearing at a peace festival."
How about Bob Hope, Mark? How about Marlene Dietrich? Or don't you know your history?
The truth is that the attempt to cancel Matisyahu was just another example of the intimidation and suppression tactics of the BDS movement worldwide. BDS's ultimate objective is the elimination of the Jewish state of Israel and the establishment of a Palestinian state-"from the river to the sea". As for Mark LeVine-he is an anti-Israel activist. It is his right to be so, but he shouldn't deny the obvious, right Bob?Note: Articles listed under "Middle East studies in the News" provide information on current developments concerning Middle East studies on North American campuses. These reports do not necessarily reflect the views of Campus Watch and do not necessarily correspond to Campus Watch's critique.
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