Matisyahu Blasts Rototom Sunsplash Reggae Festival Cancellation

Matisyahu made a statement on Facebook addressing the scandal that has emerged after the organizers of the Rototom Sunsplash Reggae Festival cancelled his appearance there:

“The festival organizers contacted me because they were getting pressure from the BDS movement. They wanted me to write a letter, or make a video, stating my positions on Zionism and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to pacify the BDS people. I support peace and compassion for all people. My music speaks for itself, and I do not insert politics into my music. Music has the power to transcend the intellect, ideas, and politics, and it can unite people in the process. The festival kept insisting that I clarify my personal views; which felt like clear pressure to agree with the BDS political agenda. Honestly it was appalling and offensive, that as the one publicly Jewish-American artist scheduled for the festival they were trying to coerce me into political statements. Were any of the other artists scheduled to perform asked to make political statements in order to perform? No artist deserves to be put in such a situation simply to perform his or her art. Regardless of race, creed, country, cultural background, etc, my goal is to play music for all people. As musicians that is what we seek. – Blessed Love, Matis”

There’s been no word from Festival organizers about whether or not other artists appearing at the Festival will also be asked to declare a loyalty oath to BDS. For instance, Barrington Levy who is performing on the main stage on August 18th has performed in Israel as has Lee “Scratch” Perry who is performing on the main stage on August 21st. And what about all the artists with Jewish management and musical collaborators? If I were BDS, I’d be all up in that trying to find out the hidden Zionists. Get on it yo!

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  2. A.F. Kaplan

    8/18/2015 at 4:44 pm

    Good for Matisyahu for standing up and speaking out on this very important issue.

    The festival organizers were 100% OUT OF LINE to treat him the way they did. He was singled out for one reason, namely, because he was a Jew. Any way you slice it, that is wrong!

    Sad to see this type of prejudice is still alive and well in this day and age.

  3. Mr. Cohen

    8/19/2015 at 11:38 am

    Hypocrisy of the Anti-Israel BDS Movement
    by Mr. Cohen, 2015 June 8

    In year 2012 CE, the U.S. State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report revealed 17 countries that still practice or tolerate slavery: Algeria, Libya, Syria, Sudan, Kuwait, Iran, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, Papua New Guinea, Yemen, Madagascar, Eritrea, Zimbabwe, DR Congo, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, and Cuba.

    Notice that NONE of these 17 countries suffers the wrath of the BDS movement, no matter how guilty they are of practicing slavery.

    Also notice that most of these countries are MUSLIM, which means that the Far-Left-dominated news media will NEVER give them the criticism they deserve, because the Far-Leftists are the loyal allies of the Muslims.

    Last but not least, the Far-Left-dominated BDS movement will NEVER target these counties with boycotts, because the Far-Leftists are the loyal allies of the Muslims.

    According to the year 2014 CE Freedom in the World Report, the ten most oppressive countries in the world are: Central African Republic, Somalia, Equatorial Guinea, Sudan, Eritrea, Syria, North Korea, Turkmenistan, Saudi Arabia, and Uzbekistan.

    Notice that NONE of these ten countries is suffers the wrath of the BDS movement, no matter how much they oppress their own citizens.

    Since year 1950 CE, China has occupied the land of Tibet and murdered around one million Tibetans. Does China suffer the wrath of the BDS movement? NO!

    Russia invaded Georgia in year 2008 CE.
    Russia invaded Ukraine in year 2014 CE.
    Is Russian boycotted by the BDS movement?
    NO! And it never will be.

    • A.F. Kaplan

      8/19/2015 at 3:13 pm

      Right on, Mr. Cohen! I could not have described the hypocrisy of the BDS movement any better myself.

      Outstanding post!

  4. Mr. Cohen

    8/19/2015 at 11:39 am

    Articles Refuting the BDS Movement from Aish HaTorah:

  5. Mr. Cohen

    8/19/2015 at 11:40 am

    Israel is being buried-alive under an avalanche of false accusations.
    These web sites can help refute those false accusations:







  6. Mr. Cohen

    8/19/2015 at 10:17 pm

    Cornelius Tacticus, the famous Jew-hating Roman historian who lived from year 56 CE (approximately) to year 120 CE said:

    “Much of Judea is thickly studded with villages, and the Jews have towns as well.
    Their capital is Jerusalem. Here stood their Temple with its boundless riches.”

    The Western World (page 141) by Pearson Custom Publishing, year 2009 CE

    The Histories by Tacitus, The Jews (Book 5), paragraph 8 of 13.

    {1} Muslims are LYING when they deny that Jews trace their historical origins to the Land of Israel.

    {2} Muslims are LYING when they deny that Jerusalem is the historical capital of the Jewish state.

    {3} Muslims are LYING when they deny that the Jewish Temple existed in Jerusalem.

    {4} Notice that Tacticus mentioned Judea, NOT Palestine.

    {5} Tacticus never mentioned the Palestinian people, even though he wrote much about Jews and their land, because there were no Palestinian people in his time.

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