Jewish singer Matisyahu’s concert canceled in Spain when he refuses to denounce Israel

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Hasidic Jewish reggae musician Matthew Paul Miller, better known by his Hebrew name Matisyahu, poses for a portrait in Los Angeles June 16, 2009. Photo courtesy REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Hasidic Jewish reggae musician Matthew Paul Miller, better known by his Hebrew name Matisyahu, poses for a portrait in Los Angeles June 16, 2009. Photo courtesy REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

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He refused demands by a boycott-Israel group to make a political statement supporting Palestinians. No other performers were asked to make statements.

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  • Garson Abuita

    “Matisyahu, whose real name is Matthew Miller”. No, his Hebrew name is Matisyahu (Matityahu) and his English name is Matthew. They’re both his “real” names.
    Update: Matisyahu has released a statement, it is available on social media.

  • Matt

    It took many years for South African Apartheid to fall. I’m glad to see continuing pressure in support of Israeli-occupied Palestine.

  • Garson Abuita

    You’re glad to see only the Jewish performer forced to make a statement in favor of the Palestinians?

  • Doc Anthony

    Add Spain to the sorry list of Europe’s Anti-Semitic, Anti-Israel, Pro-Terrorist nations.

  • Sister Geraldine Marie, OP, RN, PHN

    A Jewish musician nor any other artist should not be forced to speak of political matters. They are entertainers, not politicians.
    Israel is a sovereign state. The Palestinians should be able to live side by side equally with the Israelis as it states in Leviticus 19:34.
    If it can be done in other countries, it can be done in Israel.
    The main fear of the Jews is fear of intermarriage which would destroy Judaism. This need not happen if the Jews are firmly grounded in their faith. Yes, I know, it can still happen, but it can happen anyway here and there.
    Israel, show the world you are a real democracy!

  • Susan

    The I have not problem with ending the occupation, if it is done in a way that supports Israeli’s security. The real goal of many BDS members is to end Israel’s existence, not just the occupation.

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  • miles roddis

    No, that’s way too strong. The organisers of a festival in Spain, not the whole nation, caved in to pressure – and then, in the face of further pressure to reinstate him, did just so.
    Feeble on their count but don’t tar a whole nation. Spain’s record, post-Franco, is impressively non-sectarian.