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According to the Pixies, the occupation has ended

Band canceled earlier performance – saying it would come back when things get better. Now they’re coming to perform in Israel. Is there something I should know?

The Pixies (photo: Bradalmanac/CC)

So, one of my favorite bands of all times, Pixies, has decided to come to Israel to perform.

The Pixies are the band of my late teens, army years and post-service days. I truly think they’re geniuses.

In 2010 they canceled their planned performance in Israel after the events of the Mavi Marmara, when Israeli commando forces killed nine activists aboard a Gaza-bound aid ship. Back then, they said in a statement:

“…we’d like to extend our deepest apologies to the fans, but events beyond all our control have conspired against us. We can only hope for better days, in which we will finally present the long awaited visit of the Pixies in Israel.”

I’m so happy that the occupation is over and that peace has come to this troubled land so that now the Pixies feel they can come.

I just wish someone had told me!

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    1. Richard Witty

      I’m glad they are not participating in the shunning of a people, not a progressive act.

      There are other ways to dissent, more effective ways.

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      • Anne O'Nimmus

        So tell us the ways, then, O Richard the Witty! Enquiring minds neeeed to know.

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        • kevinyum

          After your very condescending remarks to R. Witty, I think he offered you a direct and thoughtful response. No counter argument, or response from you? We are waiting….

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    2. richard witty

      My favorite for Israelis, and those that care about israel constructively is “as if”.

      To act as if the area east of the green line is Palestine.

      To not cross it without pa permission. To pay taxes (property, sales, meals, hotel, income) to the pa for all activity east of the green line.

      To learn of and to positively honor the communities that proceeded the state of israel.

      To insist on identity as a Palestinian when crossing checkpoints.

      Absolutely nothing punitive in any way. That to me is joining the status quo of mutual animosity politically.

      I want change not more of the same.

      In all opportunities, engagement, most notably by encouraging Palestinian cultural expression and presentation and then artistic, academic, environmental, public health, economic interaction.

      The urge to anger is the status quo.

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    3. Mikesailor

      That is fascinating Richard. So I as a visitor, and the Palestinians as residents, should just pretend that Israel doesn’t exist beyond the Green Line? So, if I get shot, it was what? A pretend bullet? Because any ‘punitive’ action taken against Israel is merely ‘Joining the status quo of mutual animosity’? In other words, only the party using the guns, military force and brutality should get a free ride and they will…what? Leave the Palestinians alone? Or merely increase their depredations? The Palestinians have tried non-violence and gotten shot. I never see the Israelis trying non-violence and being shot.

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    4. Tzutzik

      “… I never see …”

      It would be more correct for you to truncate your sentence to the above, mikesailor.

      Or to:

      ” …. I only see what I want to see …”

      Either one of those sentences would sum you up to a tee mikesailor …

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