When rock legend Paul McCartney came to Israel in 2008, he was, at least to some extent, taking his life in his hands. Not because of Israel’s sometimes precarious security situation, but because he was threatened by BDS (boycott, divest, and sanction) anti-Israel groups. “I got death threats, but I’m coming anyway,” the singer was quoted as saying by Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs researcher Adam Shay. “I got explicit death threats, but I have no intention of surrendering. I refuse to cancel my performances in Israel,” Shay quoted McCartney as saying. The former Beatle is not alone. Dozens of other artists who schedule dates in Israel are lobbied, bullied, threatened, and even attacked at concerts by anti-Israel groups who are bent on isolating Israel culturally, as well as economically. Many artists, said Shay, claimed that their web sites have been attacked by hackers right before their Israeli concerts. Alicia Keys, who recently played a concert here last week, supplies the latest example of intimidation faced by artists who play Israel. Several of her fellow singers – notably Elvis Costello and Roger Waters – urged her to cancel, calling Israel an “apartheid state,” and Keys’ Facebook page was littered with condemnations of her on the day of the concert. Costello himself cancelled a concert in Israel in 2010, as did Carlos Santana, after being hectored by anti-Israel groups. Other notables who have cancelled planned concerts in Israel are Jon Bon Jovi, the Yardbirds, Joe Lynn Turner, and the Pixies. Spanish singer Paco Ibanez went one better, telling a French newspaper that he is boycotting the Hebrew language, which he can speak, for political reasons.
Feminism fused with cultural Jewish Kosher Orthodoxy went out with a bang
(Algemeiner) “Bing Bang Theory” Star Mayim Bialik was injured in a car accident this afternoon in Los Angeles.
The accident reportedly occurred between Hollywood Boulevard and La Brea at around noon when Bialik’s white Volvo was hit at the intersection by another vehicle filled with tourists from Chile.
Emergency responders raced to the scene shortly after the incident. “Tons and tons of blood everywhere” one source told celebrity gossip website TMZ.
Sources also told TMZ that the 36-year-old Emmy-winning actress sustained injuries to her hand and is in danger of losing a finger. “Her finger was almost completely severed … it was just hanging there,” one source reported.
According to the latest update from Bialik’s Twitter page however, her hand will remain intact. “(husband typing) In pain but will keep all my fingers. If u wanna see pre accident me watch The Soup tonight lol #joelmchale @thesoup” she tweeted.
The actress, who is reportedly being treated at a nearby hospital, also responded to a tweet from Jewish A Capella group The Maccabeats, who asked their followers to pray for her. Bialik expressed her thanks as well as her faith, tweeting; “@Maccabeats made me cry. Rabbi at hospital gave me an art scroll.you guys helped me learn to have faith. I need it now and have it! Thx!.” Later tonight Bialik’s scheduled appearance on E!’s entertainment show “The Soup” will be aired.
G-d must of not liked that little post about how much she liked Elvis Costello and how she met her husband that way. Just got blocked by a few fans for pointing out how either uninformed or caustically manipulative Bialik’s behavior was. yeah… I’m serious