Monday, October 25, 2010
The blog Elder of Zion reported last Friday that Moroccans were upset over a music festival to be held the following day in Agadir.
"It is a major festival, boasting many international artists. Last year some 200,000 people attended and this year it will be broadcast to some 30 million viewers.
"The problem? One of the singers is Yael Naim (pictured), who is Israeli (her song "New Soul" was used in an Apple commercial and was a top-ten hit in the US.) She served in the IDF - not in combat, but in the Israel Air Force Orchestra.
"For these reasons, Al Quds al Arabi reports, a Moroccan anti-Israel group is upset. The "Moroccan National Working Group in Support of Palestine and Iraq" announced "that the participation of Yael Naim coincides with the escalation of Zionist crimes, with its racial terrorism and its determination to defy the international community, as well as its occupation of the remainder of the land in the West Bank and Jerusalem...[who are on their way to becoming] to the most racist state ever, an exclusive Jewish state."
"The name of the music festival? The Concert for Tolerance."
Read post in full
Yet buried further down the Al-Quds al Arabi article is the news that Israel Arkia airlines and Royal Air Maroc have struck a deal to bring in Israeli holidaymakers on package tours to Morocco, starting this week.
Long live 'normalisation'!
Update: The concert with Yael Naim apparently went well, but officials were stunned to see this at the Agadir Judo Championships on 22 October - and demanded that the Israeli flag be taken down. Read Elder of Zion's post in full: