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Israel Has No Roger Waters / Gideon Levy, 22.9.13

Israel Has No Roger Waters / Gideon Levy, 22.9.13

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Those who have attacked, poisoned, uprooted and burned will be coming this evening to applaud Ehud Banai, a singer representing Israel's heart and soul.

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I would have had more respect for him if he had declared allegiance to the right wing. He is no Roger Waters, the singer who opted to boycott Israel. We and he don't have a single, brave and honest performer like Waters. Not one.

I once met an elderly shepherd, Khalil Nawaj'a, and his wife, Tamam, at Sussia. The two had been attacked twice, by settlers with clubs. I also once saw dead and poisoned sheep in nearby Khirbet Tawani, and also saw a red jeep leave the settlement of Sussia. The occupants of the vehicle stole their olive harvest by force.

Those who have attacked, poisoned, uprooted and burned will be coming this evening to applaud Banai, a singer representing Israel's heart and soul.

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Those who have attacked, poisoned, uprooted and burned will be coming this evening to applaud Ehud Banai, a singer representing Israel's heart and soul.

...
I would have had more respect for him if he had declared allegiance to the right wing. He is no Roger Waters, the singer who opted to boycott Israel. We and he don't have a single, brave and honest performer like Waters. Not one.

I once met an elderly shepherd, Khalil Nawaj'a, and his wife, Tamam, at Sussia. The two had been attacked twice, by settlers with clubs. I also once saw dead and poisoned sheep in nearby Khirbet Tawani, and also saw a red jeep leave the settlement of Sussia. The occupants of the vehicle stole their olive harvest by force.

Those who have attacked, poisoned, uprooted and burned will be coming this evening to applaud Banai, a singer representing Israel's heart and soul.

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There's a show on tonight. Hundreds will put on their holiday finest,maybe dressing in white. They'll grab their weapons and kids, and off they’ll go. They’ll park their cars in the parking lot that was especially arranged (without permission, of course) on land owned by the Shraytahfamily, and in they’ll go to the West Bank site that was once the Palestinian village of Sussia.Until 1986, it was home to hundreds of residents who lived in caves andniches there. They were expelled by Israel in an "expropriation for publicuse," with the administration of the site turned over to the nearby Jewishsettlement (also called Sussia) as an additional source of income - "forpublic use," of course. At the rear of the site, the settlers had set up several huts, where thePalestinians became squatters. They were evicted from their new locationtwice, until the High Court of Justice ruled in 2001 that a "mistake" had been committed. That happens, but the threat of eviction is againhovering over the Palestinians.Throngs of people will be coming to Sussia thisevening. Some will be people who have poisonedPalestinians' wells, attacked Palestinian shepherds, anduprooted their trees and burned their fields. People from Sussia, theLucifer farm, the Maon farm, Mitzpeh Yair, Avigayil, Mitzpeh Asahel, andelsewhere. A popular singer will be performing in this violent no-man's-land, this apartheid district. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome that
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Banai’s heart & soul searching lyrics are a luxury denied to others, while we sing & ‘search’ oursouls,,
By Zigzag Yashar22 Sep 201305:25PM
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Pick up a bass, Gideon, don't you see that YOU arethe Israeli Waters?
By Nemesis22 Sep 201304:03PM
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 And itf they are attacked they will cry terrorism ?
By Freedom fighter22 Sep 201301:09PM
This is why you suffer.
By Sergey22 Sep 201301:56PM
Polacks must be attacked then,they occupy Breslau,Pomern,Schlesien
By Absolute Sweden22 Sep 201301:56PM
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Thank you ...
By Tamar22 Sep 201311:58AM717715142919148

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