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Death of a hip-hop artist and Scotsman pees on Israeli flag

Being a little bit ignorant when it comes to certain musical trends, the confession is that ego, while having heard of “the Beastie Boys”, couldn’t quite place them. Therefore, the news that a founding member of the group, Adam Yauch, had died of cancer hardly registered. That is until reading the headline, “Famed Jewish hip-hop trio the Beastie Boys lose bassist to cancer” in Haaretz.

Now correct me if I am wrong but is there anyone out there, outside Israel and those Zionists organisations which support it who is actually interested if the lead bassist of a particular pop group is Jewish, Catholic, Protestant, or, whatever? Methinks, there is a particular obsession here and it is an obsession that we would all do well to steer away from. Indeed, in looking at that obsession from a cafe in this particular part of Europe, it is all too easy to see where such an obsession can lead. They really don’t get it, do they?

No, they don’t, but fortunately some people do and it is with that in mind that my attention now turns to another article in the same edition of Haaretz:: “Pro-Palestinian activists are planning to take a year-long legal battle which has brought into question the connection between anti-Israel protest and anti-Semitism to the European Court of Human Rights.

Apparently, a Scottish student, a certain Paul Donnachie, has been found guilty of a racist “breach of the  peace”, sentenced  to a 300 pound fine and 150 hours of community service and expelled from St Andrews university for peeing on an Israeli flag belonging to a visiting American student. Now, Donnachie has admitted that his behavior towards the American student was personally unacceptable but has denied that it had been racist or anti-Semitic.

Of course, the point is, just as you would need to be in some way a trifle disturbed to care whether the member of a particular group was Jewish, Catholic, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, or whatever, unless, of course, their religious affinities were essential to a particular agenda, we don’t really care that a flag of a country which commits crimes against humanity on a daily basis belongs to a state which claims to speak for all Jews. Indeed, if we did, we would be going down a road, which we have already been down in this part of the world only this time it would be, “first they came for the Muslims and I kept quiet, and then they came for the people who pee on Israeli, American, British etc. flags and I kept quiet and then ….”.

Of course, Donnachie should be made to apologise to the student whose flag he pissed on, maybe even be made to sit down and have a chat with him over a coffee and, maybe, maybe, who knows, …… well, the reader can finish the story! Oh, and by the way, Yauch, whose mother was born Jewish and father Catholic, and who was raised in a non-religious home, considered himself to be a Buddhist. Still, that is not for him to decide, is it?

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There are a lot of poor bastards out there being used and abused; it is just not cricket "old bean". Something tells me that ignorance is not bliss, but is, in fact, simply ignorance and in the global village we cannot look the other way.

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