Saturday, August 06, 2005

Cowardice and scarves

The entertainment industry has reached a new low in its Israel wooing today. Latin pop star Ricky Martin, in effort to appease his Israeli critics (who undoubtedly would have forever labelled him an "anti-semite") over a Palestinian kaffiya incident in Jordan last week, has decided to "sing in Israel" next spring.

Martin apparently apologized Sunday to the Israeli consul in New York for wearing a headscarf reading "Jerusalem is ours" while attending an Arab youth conference in Amman, Jordan.

"The singer said he was taken advantage of and that as a special gesture he planned to play a concert in Israel on his next world tour that starts in spring."

Hey Ricky, would you come to Gaza if I told you I was offended by your backtracking cowardice?

I didn't think so.

But just in case you change you your mind, there's a nice cozy spot waiting for you somewhere between evacuated Netzarim and Eli Sinai.

And next time you visit Mr. Mekel in the NY consulate, you might want to remind him that East Jerusalem is illegally occupied.


Blogger solitarioh2005 said...

Ricky Martin apologizes for politically inscribed headscarf incident

By Shlomo Shamir, Haaretz Correspondent

Latin pop sensation Ricky Martin apologized on Saturday for wearing a headscarf reading "Jerusalem is ours" while on a trip to Jordan last week.

The apology was made during a visit to the Israeli consulate in New York in which he met with the Israeli consul, Aryeh Mekel.

Martin was attending an Arab youth conference in Amman last week and was posing for pictures with fans when he was draped with a headscarf reading "Jerusalem is ours," the New York Post reported on Tuesday.
The singer said he was taken advantage of and that as a special gesture he planned to play a concert in Israel on his next world tour that starts in spring.

During their meeting Mekel suggested that Martin collaborate with Israeli artists, to which Martin replied that he would be happy to do so.

3:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

uhm, ricky martin was tricked into posing for a photograph that had him wearing a scarf that symbolizes palistinian terror, as well as pose in front of a model of isreal that is completely palistinian. And, if I'm not mistaken, the scarf said something in arabic like "conquer jerusalem"

This was purely a propaganda tactic, and poor ricky martin was tricked into participating in it.

You do realize that photographs like that will be used by palistinian terrorist gangs to recruit young people. They will say that western pop icons like ricky martin support the jihad against isreal. Is that what you want? Don't be so naieve.

Ricky martin is doing the right thing. NOw they won't be able to use his photograph for propaganda as easially as they would have if he did nothing.

3:30 AM  
Blogger Laila said...

Actually, the scarf said "Jerusalem is Ours", not "Conquer Jerusalem". And it was hardly a propoganda tactic. Is no uncommon to find paraphenalia with such politically inscribed messages in Palestine or amongst Palestinian youth (of which there are many in Jordan), and they are by no means all Islamic Jihad supporters, they are just nationalistic. They are referring to Arab East Jerualem as Palestinian capital. It doesn't seem to different than Jews the world over toasting "L'shana Habah B'Yerushalayim"/"Next year in Jerusalem" at Passover. Just my two cents.

11:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"anonymous" is just another Zionist with a severe aversion to telling the truth.

6:20 AM  
Blogger YMedad said...

Actually, Jerusalem is the city of those who live in it. And it "belongs" to those who take care of it and take care of all of it.
Between 1948-1967, when Jordan ruled there, Jews couldn't come in at all. They couldn't visit the Western Wall. They couldn't visit over 30 synagogues that existed there until 1948 because they were destroyed. They couldn't bury their dead in a cemetery that held deceased Jews for over 2000 years and that cemetery was desecrated by Jordanian soldiers.
And since 1967, even the renewal of Jewish life in homes of Jews who lived in the Old City for centuries in some cases was protested by Arabs.
Those who deny rights should not be surprised when they are denied all of their liberties.

6:32 PM  
Blogger Jack Steiner said...

You can say illegal all you want but it really doesn't make it so. A man can dress like a woman but in the end he is still a man.

There is no illegal occupation of Jerusalem and had it not been for the power of oil money there wouldn't be any false resolutions saying otherwise.

I still believe in peace but it cannot come through lies and fabrication of truth.

6:43 PM  
Blogger Laila said...

Jerusalem should be accessible to all. Jordan not allowing Jews to pray there is wrong. So is Israel's current policy of fencing it in and "Judaisizing" it, exclusively for the Jews. I for example am not allowed to pray in Jerusalem.

11:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"You can say illegal all you want but it really doesn't make it so."—jack's shack

True. So is there such a thing as "illegal", beyond what those with nuclear weapons decide is illegal? Is there a right, as distinguished from might? Or are all resolutions that Zionists don't like false?

Is the world to be conceived of as a society of laws, or can the rich (through the generosity of the US) do whatever they like?

Hitler believed in peace, too. But it had to be his sort of peace, with his sort of people. Same with Stalin. Same with Bush.

6:48 AM  

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