Honestly, I have no clue who Lara Fabian is, and that’s why I didn’t really comment on the news that Israeli boycott groups had “successfully” barred her concerts planned for Valentine’s Day. On the inside though, I was deeply worried. After all, the very fabric of Lebanese lifestyle was being threatened.
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If the exposure these “activists” got last time for protesting an event whose main act is an ambassador for the NGO War Child which is actively helping children in the Occupied Palestinian Territories. However, gathering awareness, money and support for the children affected by the war whom the BDS thinks it’s heroically fighting for, is a secondary detail compared to the cardinal sin is performing music for Israelis. Yes, that’s BDS logic for you. And, I thank a very good Palestinian activist friend of mine for who is actually an activist I have respect for. Who works day and night to better the status of Palestinian refugees, instead of bother people with big titles that ultimately have no real use. I doubt Israel will cease to exist if artists stop performing in Lebanon.
I’m proud of Armin because he understood where those people were coming from, and didn’t abandon his fans, and came, and rocked a full house. Whereas the protestors dispersed and probably went to a Hamra pub and discussed “The Communist Manifesto” while they wore their designer “Che” shirts. However, the opposition made Armin cancel his planned visit to Palestinian refugee camps as part of his role as Ambassador for War Child. So, in reality, the only thing the BDS movement ruined, was a visit of an international music icon to a Palestinian refugee camp.
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Why the BDS will Fail Again with Lara Fabian
After having the victory dance, then being stunned that she is in fact still coming to please her Lebanese fans (who include many of my friends apparently). A short phone call I made to the ticketing box office and someone close to the organizers made me certain it was still on.
What made me happier is that it’s in the Casino du Liban and a ticket is for 200USD up to 500USD. Which means, big shots will be there in a much more secure venue. It’s not like us poor common people at BIEL who pay 50USD for a ticket we save up for!
Therefore, I doubt the personal security detail of many present will tolerate a rabble of noisy youths at the door of the prestigious venue. Also, the Casino du Liban’s own security and government-sanctioned detail are enough to prevent any disturbance.
Of course, the BDS will escalate and the promoters have been promised heightened security. So, whatever the BDS do, I tell them, “bravo ya shattooreen!” and to keep at it. As for her fans, go enjoy your St Valentine’s Day in peace!
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Today, the BDS are basking in the glory we unwittingly gave them. What we see as illogical and aggressive, they see as a divine victory against the world’s fourth largest army. So, we should now be mad at the artists who refuse to perform for us out of fear. The BDS say they are peaceful, so there’s no worries for the artists’ safety (for now). So, the artists must come and perform for their fans, or else the artists are sissies. I think Lara Fabian being back on is spectacular news. Perhaps the BDS will now focus on doing something useful for Palestinians in the Occupied Territories rather than ruining people’s Valentine’s Day.