Friday, May 12, 2017

It is time to stand up for Zion. Even if that means missing out on some good music. - by Forest Rain

Achinoam Nini was invited to perform on May 18th in the Adat Shalom Synagogue in Farmington Hills. Pressure from a local group in the Jewish community caused the performance to be canceled. An article was written about this in The Detroit Jewish News – this is my response to that article.

Forest Rain..
Inspiration from Zion..
11 May '17..

Dear Detroit Jewish News,

The way this article is put together highlights the extreme disconnect between the Jewish community in the USA and that in Israel.

I write this as a Detroit-born American who has lived in Israel more years than I lived in the United States. I write this as an Israeli Jew, speaking to my American brothers and sisters.

You don’t understand. Not at all.

Israel is a land of freedom. Free speech is cherished, often to extreme levels. It is fashionable for the artists and media to belong to the political left (exactly the opposite of the majority of the country who has right leaning tendencies). There is no problem with criticism. There is no problem with belonging to the “peace camp”.

(BTW – do you realize how arrogant and offensive the term “peace camp” is? Do you really think everyone on the right wants war?).

Obviously, there are few people in the world who are as talented as Achinoam “Noa” Nini. She is world renowned for her voice and rightly so. Although she is high in demand for performances for world leaders there is very little demand for her in Israel. She spends very little time here. Do you know why? Her behavior has made her unofficially “persona non-grata”.

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