The Boycott Israel movement targeted American Jewish reggae star Matisyahu, inducing a music festival in Spain to uninvite him. Although the music festival reversed their decision following a vocal backlash, we’ve reviewed all the singer’s songs, searching for some explanation of what led the BDS movement to target him (they say it is not because he is Jewish – they are, after all, only anti-Zionist).
Here are our best guesses as to what drove the BDS movement mad about Matis:
There is his music video with Israel’s Oscar the Grouch: Moishe Oofnik – an illegal settler of garbage cans and part of the Sesame Street normalization conspiracy:
Israeli Sara Merson’s cover of Matisyahu’s One Day in a civilian bomb shelter during last summer’s Gaza war was certainly a triumphant moment for the Zionist hasbara machine:
Even more egregious – Matisyahu’s Sunshine was used as a soundtrack for this video – by Israel’s Foreign Ministry – which features Israel’s multiculturalism and a lip-dub taking viewers across the land while meeting its people.
Straight up: his connection with Israel and feeling when the media get it wrong:
Video of Matisyahu settling the desert (possibly!)
One Day’s incredibly offensive lyric: “One day this all will change, treat people the same, stop with the violence, down with the hate, one day we’ll all be free and proud to be, under the same sun, singing songs of freedom…”
This video was allegedly shot in or near Occupied East Jerusalem
“Inside – America bleeds – Yisrael won’t you get up from your knees…”
This collaboration with Israel’s Infected Mushroom:
Full Concert at an American Zionist Training Camp