Ce site est dédié aux millions d'Européens qui, malgré d'incessantes campagnes de désinformation, ne croient pas que les Juifs ne sont capables que du pire; ne dissimulent pas leur antisémitisme dans le langage de l'antisionisme; et savent qu'Israël représente ce qu'il y a de meilleur dans une démocratie.
lundi 28 octobre 2013
Le lien très fort de Lou Reed avec le peuple juif et Israël, un grand Mensch
Legendary musician and all round true mensch Lou Reed passed away today. Cause of death is still not reported, but he has been sick for a while, undergoing a liver transplant in May of this year. He was only 71. [...] I remember the press conference when he arrived in Israel, they asked him what he was going to do while he was here. He said he was going to Haifa to visit his aunt. He had a strong connection to Israel, visiting frequently and (as you can tell from the aunt comment) he had relatives here.
Lou’s strong connection to the Jewish people and to Israel can be heard in his lyrics from the song “Good Evening Mr. Waldheim” on his 1989 solo album “New York”, I highlighted the part I always thought was cool:
Good evening Mr. Kurt Waldheim and Pontiff how are you? You have so much in common in the things you do And here comes Jesse Jackson He talks of Common Ground Does that Common Ground include me or is it just a sound A sound that shakes Oh Jesse, you must watch the sounds you make A sound that quakes There are fears that still reverberate Jesse you say Common Ground Does that include the PLO?
What about people right here right now who fought for you not so long ago? The words that flow so freely falling dancing from your lips I hope that you don’t cheapen them with a racist slip Oh Common Ground Is Common Ground a word or just a sound
Common Ground—remember those civil rights workers buried in the ground If I ran for President and once was a member of the Klan Wouldn’t you call me on it The way I call you on Farrakhan And Pontiff, pretty Pontiff Can anyone shake your hand? Or is it just that you like uniforms and someone kissing your hand Or is it true The Common Ground for me includes you too Oh is it true the Common Ground for me includes you too Good evening Mr. Waldheim Pontiff how are you As you both stroll through the woods at night I’m thinking thoughts of you And Jesse you’re inside my thoughts As the rhythmic words subside My Common Ground invites you in or do you prefer to wait outside Or is it true The Common Ground for me is without you Or is it true The Common Ground for me is without you Oh is it true There’s no Ground Common enough for me and you
Just a little background: Kurt Waldheim was the Secretary General of the United Nations from 1977 to 1981, and was elected president of Austria in 1986, despite the evidence that he had lied about the extent of his military career in the Wehrmacht in WW2. This was also around the time that Jesse Jackson was trying to clean up his image after having made numerous anti-semitic remarks including refering to New York as “Hymietown”. Louis Farrakhan is of course the notoriously anti-Semitic leader of the Nation of Islam.