Israeli, Palestinian & Jordanian DJ’s play together, (& news on Madonna, Phil Collins)

November 09, 2005

* Since many of the dispatches on this email list are very serious, I sometimes try to send “lighter” material. This dispatch, the second of two lighter dispatches I am sending today, contains various recent articles on the theme of Music. (Obviously the Jeremiah Duggan item is not light.)

 

CONTENTS

1 Israeli, Palestinian & Jordanian DJ’s play under one roof
2. Pakistani band wants to visit Israel
3. Phil Collins plays Tel Aviv
4. Madonna to visit Israel (again)
5. Madonna faces anger from the rabbis, and “Punishment from the heavens”
6. Song released about Jeremiah Duggan
7. Dana International represents Israel again
8. “Madonna plans Israel visit” (Ynetnews, November 3, 2005)
9. “Mysterious death inspires rock song” (EJP, November 3, 2005)
10. “Pakistani band wants to visit Israel” (Ynetnews, November 3, 2005)
11. “Israeli included in Eurovision celebrations” (EJP, Oct. 24, 2005)

 



[Note by Tom Gross]

ISRAELI, PALESTINIAN & JORDANIAN DJ’S PLAY UNDER ONE ROOF

Srulick Einhorn, an Israeli club DJ, brought together Palestinian, Jordanian and Israeli DJs in the leading Jerusalem dance club “Haoman 17.” The event featured Einhorn, Palestinian DJ Khalil from Ramallah in the West Bank, and Jordanian DJ Kalice from Amman, and drew a crowd of over 800 dancers.

Arabic music has slowly caught on among Israeli Jews, mainly due to the efforts of Einhorn. Morad Kalice, also known as DJ Kalice, 26, is considered by many to be Jordan’s first proper underground house DJ. And DJ Khalil, 37, the owner of a music store in Ramallah, has been spinning for over 11 years.

There is also now talk of a similar dance night taking place in Ramallah. Einhorn said after the event, “they were very excited about performing for a Jewish audience in Jerusalem. So why can’t we do the same for an Arab audience?”

PAKISTANI BAND WANTS TO VISIT ISRAEL

An unnamed Pakistani rock band has expressed an interest in visiting Israel and cooperating with a local Jewish band. Yehuda Pearl, the father of the murdered Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, relayed reports of his meeting with the band to Israel’s Consul General in New York.

The warming of Pakistani-Israeli relations was covered in the dispatch “President Musharraf to U.S. Jews: ‘Pakistan has no direct conflict with Israel’” (September 19, 2005).

PHIL COLLINS PLAYS ISRAEL

British pop superstar Phil Collins performed on Monday at Tel Aviv’s Bloomfield Stadium. This was his first visit to Israel.

The 54-year-old artist is the most prominent international music star to play in Israel in the last five years. The concert was part of his “First Final Farewell Tour”.

Collins said he wasn’t afraid of visiting Israel. He also told reporters “I wish it wasn’t like this. I sit and watch stuff on the television, I think, ‘Why, why, why.’”

Most of the press reports on his visit to Israel concentrated on Collins’s comments that he is open to the possibility of a reunion with his old band Genesis.

MADONNA TO VISIT ISRAEL (AGAIN)

The Israeli media reports that Madonna may visit Israel next month for the Jewish festival of Hanukah. (A previous dispatch on this list covered the pop-icon’s first trip to Israel. See “Madonna to celebrate Jewish New Year at Rachel’s Tomb,” September 15, 2004.)

Madonna, who calls herself “Esther” these days and keeps the Jewish Sabbath, after being raised a Catholic, has been a devotee of Kabbala for several years. However, this has caused some anger in the Kabbala community.

In the article attached below, Madonna defends her Kabbalastic studies. It is reported that on her upcoming visit she may meet the renowned Kabbalist rabbi, Yitzhak Kaduri, who had refused to meet with the singer during her previous trip to Israel. Madonna, who is a mother of two, plans to have another child and is interested in receiving Kaduri’s blessing first.

MADONNA FACES ANGER FROM THE RABBIS, AND “PUNISHMENT FROM THE HEAVENS”

Madonna’s new album has greatly angered several rabbis in Safed because she dedicated a song, titled “Isaac,” to the renowned 16th century Kabbalist Rabbi Isaac Louria, also known as “Ari” (the lion).

“Jewish law bans the use of the sacred name Ari for making profits” said Rabbi Raphael Cohen, head of the Talmudic (Jewish texts) school named after Rabbi Louria.

According to the rabbi, she will reportedly face “punishment from the heavens” for dedicating Isaac, her new song, to the Kabbalist scholar.

“Madonna should be thrown out of the Kabbala for sinning against the mystic Jewish faith on her forthcoming album,” Rabbi Cohen told Israel’s Ma’ariv newspaper. He added that “her act is just simply unacceptable and I can only sympathize for her because of the punishment she is going to receive from the heavens.”

SONG RELEASED ABOUT JEREMIAH DUGGAN

The British rock group Starsailor has released a song about Jeremiah Duggan, the Jewish student who mysteriously died whilst attending what he thought would be an anti-Iraq war meeting in Germany in 2003.

Jeremiah’s parents (who are subscribers to this email list) are fighting for “a proper investigation” to be conducted into their son’s “murder,” which they believe was carried out by neo-Nazi elements with powerful protectors in Bavarian politics. They hope this song will prompt someone with information to come forward.

This item is an update to previous dispatches on this list, “Inquest opens tomorrow into the death of Jeremiah Duggan” (November 3, 2003) and “Jeremiah Duggan: it was ‘no suicide’” (November 5, 2003).

DANA INTERNATIONAL REPRESENTS ISRAEL AGAIN

Israel was once again represented in a Eurovision song contest event by the transsexual superstar, Dana International.

In 1998, Miss International won the Eurovision song contest and this year she was asked to take part in a celebration of 50 years of the event. Although she did not win (the Swedish ABBA came first), Dana, who was formerly known as Yaron Cohen, managed to impress the crowd with an outfit that left little to the imagination and exposed her breasts. The outfit was made by renowned French couturier Jean-Paul Gautier.

I attach four articles with summaries first.

-- Tom Gross

 

SUMMARIES

MADONNA TO VISIT ISRAEL (AGAIN)

“Madonna plans Israel visit” (By Havatzelet Damari, Ynetnews, November 3, 2005)

Good news for Madonna fans in Israel: The Kabbalah-loving pop-icon, who calls herself “Esther” these days, may visit Israel during the upcoming Hanukah holiday, Israel’s leading newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported Thursday.

One of the singer’s managers, Guy Ozery, confirmed that Madonna has expressed her wish to visit Israel again soon, following an earlier visit about a year ago...

 

SONG RELEASED ABOUT JEREMIAH DUGGAN

“Mysterious death inspires rock song” (By Alex Galbinski, EJP, November 3, 2005)

The British rock band Starsailor has released a song about Jeremiah (Jerry) Duggan, a Jewish student who mysteriously died in Germany in 2003 while attending what he thought was an anti-war conference.

Jerry’s parents, Erica and Hugo Duggan, hope the song, Jeremiah, will spark new interest into their son’s death, which German authorities said was a suicide.

Jerry, a 22-year-old student from London, was studying in Paris when he attended what he thought was an anti-Iraq war conference in Wiesbaden, Germany, in March 2003.

It is believed now that the meeting was in fact organised by the Schiller Institute, an extremist political group linked to Lyndon LaRouche, a US right-wing conspiracy theorist who has been accused of anti-Semitism...

The first the family knew about the song was when Mr Duggan heard Starsailor singer-songwriter James Walsh speaking about it on a BBC Radio Five Live show on October 20, and rushed out to buy it...

Mrs Duggan hopes the song will prompt someone with information about the circumstances surrounding her son’s death to come forward...

 

PAKISTANI BAND WANTS TO VISIT ISRAEL

“Pakistani band wants to visit Israel” (By Itamar Eichner, Ynetnews, November 3, 2005)

... A Pakistani rock band has expressed its interest in visiting Israel and cooperating with a local band on stage.

... The contact with the band was made through Yehuda Pearl, the father of Jewish journalist Daniel Pearl murdered by terrorists in Pakistan.

... Yehuda Pearl, who heads a foundation in honor of his son that aims to fight hatred by promoting cross-cultural exchanges and understanding, said he raised the issue of the Pakistani band’s wish to visit Israel in a meeting with Foreign Minister Shalom, who promised to assist the project.

 

DANA INTERNATIONAL REPRESENTS ISRAEL AGAIN

“Israeli included in Eurovision celebrations” (By Ashley Perry, European Jewish Press, October 24, 2005)

Controversial performer Dana International represented Israel in the celebration of 50 years of the Eurovision song contest in Copenhagen, held last Saturday.

The show was called ‘Congratulations’ and included 14 of what were considered the best ever entries from various countries.

Dana International became instantly famous when in 1998 she was chosen to represent Israel at the 1998 Eurovision contest.

What made Dana International unique was that she is a transsexual and very openly so. Dana International loves to shock and took Europe by storm...

 



FULL ARTICLES

MADONNA TO VISIT ISRAEL (AGAIN)

Madonna plans Israel visit
Pop star plans to have another child, wants blessing of renowned Israeli Kabbalist
By Havatzelet Damari
Ynetnews
November 3, 2005

www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3163694,00.html

Good news for Madonna fans in Israel: The Kabbalah-loving pop-icon, who calls herself “Esther” these days, may visit Israel during the upcoming Hanukah holiday, Israel’s leading newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported Thursday.

One of the singer’s managers, Guy Ozery, confirmed that Madonna has expressed her wish to visit Israel again soon, following an earlier visit about a year ago.

Meanwhile, Madonna’s managers apparently contacted associates of renowned Kabbalist Rabbi Yitzhak Kaduri, including his grandson Yossi Kaduri, in an attempt to arrange a meeting between the pop singer and the rabbi.

Madonna, who is a mother of two, plans to have another child and is interested in receiving Kaduri’s blessing first. Notably, the rabbi refused to meet with the singer during her last visit.

Addressing the issue, Ozery said associates of the rabbi are looking into a possible meeting.

In an interview to the New York Daily News earlier this week, Madonna defended her interest in the teachings of the Kabbalah, and said she was angry people found it to be so disturbing.

“It would be less controversial if I joined the Nazi Party,” Madonna said.

Madonna’s increasing pursuit of Kabbalah has inspired much hostility toward her, which the singer found hard to explain.

“‘What do you mean you study the Torah if you’re not Jewish? ’” she asked rhetorically.

“‘What do you mean you pray to God and wear sexy clothes? We don’t understand this.’ It frightens people. So they try to denigrate it or trivialize it so that it makes more sense,” Madonna said.

 

SONG RELEASED ABOUT JEREMIAH DUGGAN

Mysterious death inspires rock song
By Alex Galbinski in London
European Jewish Press
November 3, 2005

www.ejpress.org/article/news/4028

The British rock band Starsailor has released a song about Jeremiah (Jerry) Duggan, a Jewish student who mysteriously died in Germany in 2003 while attending what he thought was an anti-war conference.

Jerry’s parents, Erica and Hugo Duggan, hope the song, Jeremiah, will spark new interest into their son’s death, which German authorities said was a suicide.

Jerry, a 22-year-old student from London, was studying in Paris when he attended what he thought was an anti-Iraq war conference in Wiesbaden, Germany, in March 2003.

It is believed now that the meeting was in fact organised by the Schiller Institute, an extremist political group linked to Lyndon LaRouche, a US right-wing conspiracy theorist who has been accused of anti-Semitism.

On 27 March, the night of the conference, Jerry called his girlfriend Maya at 4.20am, telling her: “I am under too much pressure.”

He then called his mother, saying: “Mum, I am in deep, deep trouble. I want out. ”

The telephone line went dead and he rang back, saying: “I’m frightened, I want to see you now.”

While he was telling her where he was, the line again was cut. Around 30 minutes later Jerry was dead, having run into the road and allegedly been hit by two cars.

The first the family knew about the song was when Mr Duggan heard Starsailor singer-songwriter James Walsh speaking about it on a BBC Radio Five Live show on October 20, and rushed out to buy it.

“We all wept when we heard the song,” said Mrs Duggan. “It’s so beautiful. For me, the line ‘little one do not fear’ was very poignant, because when he rang me, I didn’t have the chance to comfort him. I couldn’t help him.”

Mr Walsh in turn had found out about Jerry’s story while listening to a radio interview with Mrs Duggan last year.

“The thing that touched me the most was how random it was,” said Walsh. “He was a young Jewish lad who, like many people at the time, felt very strongly against the war in Iraq.”

Mrs Duggan hopes the song will prompt someone with information about the circumstances surrounding her son’s death to come forward.

She and her ex-husband are fighting for the investigation into his death to be reopened, after German authorities recorded a verdict of suicide. This was rejected by British coroner Dr William Dolman in 2003, who said Jerry had been ‘in a state of terror’ before his death.

“From the very outset,” said Dr Dolman, “I could not accept the investigators’ bald conclusion that Jeremiah Duggan intended to take his own life.”

A copy of the German police’s report into Jerry’s death obtained by The Daily Telegraph newspaper revealed various errors which, the Duggans say, point to an inadequate investigation. They now intend to take their case to the European Court of Human Rights.

“This song speaks volumes because it expressed how the dreams of youth are brutally crushed and the authorities turn a blind eye,” she added.

‘Jeremiah’ is featured on Starsailor’s album, On the Outside, which was released on 17 October.

For more information on the campaign, or the fundraising event, visit www.justiceforjeremiah.com

 

PAKISTANI BAND WANTS TO VISIT ISRAEL

Pakistani band wants to visit Israel

Contact with rock group made through Yehuda Pearl, father of journalist Daniel Pearl murdered in Pakistan
By Itamar Eichner
Ynetnews
November 3, 2005

www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3163593,00.html

Israeli-Pakistani relations warming up? A Pakistani rock band has expressed its interest in visiting Israel and cooperating with a local band on stage, Israel’s leading newspaper Yedioth Ahronoth reported Thursday.

The contact with the band was made through Yehuda Pearl, the father of Jewish journalist Daniel Pearl murdered by terrorists in Pakistan.

Yehuda Pearl relayed a report about his contacts with the band in a meeting with Israel’s Consul General in New York.

Notably, Israeli-Pakistani relations have been warming up following a recent meeting between Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom and his Pakistani counterpart in Istanbul, the first such open meeting.

Later, Pakistan accepted Israeli aid offers following the earthquake that devastated parts of the country.

Yehuda Pearl, who heads a foundation in honor of his son that aims to fight hatred by promoting cross-cultural exchanges and understanding, said he raised the issue of the Pakistani band’s wish to visit Israel in a meeting with Foreign Minister Shalom, who promised to assist the project.

 

DANA INTERNATIONAL REPRESENTS ISRAEL AGAIN

Israeli included in Eurovision celebrations
By Ashley Perry
European Jewish Press
October 24, 2005

www.ejpress.org/article/news/3762

Controversial performer Dana International represented Israel in the celebration of 50 years of the Eurovision song contest in Copenhagen, held last Saturday.

The show was called ‘Congratulations’ and included 14 of what were considered the best ever entries from various countries.

Dana International became instantly famous when in 1998 she was chosen to represent Israel at the 1998 Eurovision contest.

What made Dana International unique was that she is a transsexual and very openly so. Dana International loves to shock and took Europe by storm.

“Back in 1998 we wanted to win, so we tried to be different but still not outrageous,” said Dana in a press conference in Tel-Aviv.

“But, this time I don’t really care being more provocative”.

As it turned out Dana did not win the best of best competition, that honour went to ABBA’s ‘Waterloo’ but it was definitely Dana International’s performance which stole the limelight and the headlines.

Dana appeared in an eye-catching outfit that left little to the imagination and exposed her breasts. The outfit was made once again by renowned French couturier Jean-Paul Gautier who made her first outfit in 1998.

This time Gautier titled his creation ‘Spanish Bride’.

Dana didn’t mind not winning and was especially conciliatory towards the song that did win. Before the contest Dana said of ABBA, “I wouldn’t mind being second to them. It will be a great honor to be a runner up to this legendary band”.

Dana International was born male (named Yaron Cohen) in 1972. From a very young age, Yaron really loved to entertain and perform in front of an audience.

His mother and his younger sister encouraged him to develop his talent through both the school choir and in the Youth Music Company in Tel Aviv. Later on he attended the National Theater of Israel. It was during high school that Yaron started to discover Tel-Aviv’s thriving nightlife.

In his last year of high school, Yaron knew he really was a woman. After graduating with top grades, Yaron met producer and DJ Ofer Nisim. Ofer quickly recognized Yaron’s talent, asked him to join his latest drag queen show. Yaron became the leading star of the show. In 1992, Yaron went to London to undergo a gender reassignment surgery. In 1993, as Dana International, she released her first album.


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