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Jewish Students at Harvard Defy Boycott, Protests to Celebrate Israeli Music with Ishay Ribo

Jewish students at Harvard University on Tuesday resisted a staff boycott and outdoor protest at a local theater venue and enjoyed a night of celebration and solidarity with Israeli musician Yishai Ribo hosted by Harvard Chabad. is.

Chabad invited religious singer Ribo. became He was the first Israeli artist to sell out Madison Square Garden in September and performed for the university and community in support of students suffering from anti-Semitism on campus.

However, staff at the Sinclair theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts, boycotted the event, forcing Chabad to hire its own staff at additional expense. (This tactic has been used against Jewish reggae musician Matisyahu in recent weeks.)

The concert took place in defiance of angry anti-Israel protests outside. Participants included the eccentric Queer for Palestine group, which seems content to ignore the persecution of LGBTQ people in the Palestinian territories.

The contrast between the angry anti-Israel demonstrators and the ecstatic pro-Israel counter-protesters was notable, as was the contrast between the hatred outside the venue and the atmosphere of love and friendship inside.

Rabbi Hershi Zarchi of Harvard Chabad told Breitbart News that the concert was “a moving night of Harvard Chabad’s unity, togetherness, and love for Yishai Rivo, bringing together Israelis and Jews on campus.” “It lifted the spirits of many students.”

of harvard crimson concentrated On Sinclair staff frustrated by their failure to prevent performance:

Max D. Morton, a security guard at Sinclair, said Sinclair employees unanimously opposed the concert, but their complaints were ignored by Bowery Presents, which is screening books at the venue.

“None of us wanted this to happen,” Morton said. “It’s just a shame that it wasn’t important to them.”

Adric Giles, who was protesting the concert, said his band Ron was scheduled to perform at the Sinclair in a few weeks, but it was canceled due to a “moral conflict.”

Asked about the cultural boycott effort on Breitbart News on Wednesday, Israeli government spokesperson Tal Heinrich said: It’s scary. And this shows that there is a lack of moral clarity on the part of some of these venues, and that they are under pressure from, I don’t want to say pro-Palestinian voices, but actually anti-Palestinian voices. It shows that there is.

“Protests and any action that does not explicitly call for the removal of Hamas, its removal from power, and the release of all hostages is not in the interests of the Palestinian people. And this type of boycott is disgusting.

“The roots of this go back to anti-Semitism,” she said, blaming what she called the pro-Palestinian “industry.”

Harvard University has been hit hard by a wave of anti-Semitism since the Oct. 7 terrorist attack by Israel’s Hamas. The co-chair of Harvard University’s Anti-Semitism Task Force recently resigned, citing distrust of the administration.

Joel B. Pollack is a senior editor at Breitbart News. Breitbart News Sunday Sunday nights from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM ET (4:00 PM to 7:00 PM PT) on Sirius XM Patriot. He is the author of the recent book, The Zionist Conspiracy (And How to Participate in It), now available on Audible. He is also the author of an e-book. Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 US Presidential Election. He is the recipient of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter @joelpolak.

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