"Hi, I'm Dave Randall from Faithless. Twenty years ago I would not have played in apartheid South Africa; today I refuse to play in Israel. Be on the right side of history. Don't entertain apartheid. Join the international boycott of Israel. I support southafricanartistsagainstapartheid.com."
Not surprisingly, the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) complained to the country's Adbertising Standards Authority (ASA), pointing out that the assertion that that Israel is an apartheid state is "untrue, not supported by any evidence... and contains a lie which amounts to false propaganda" and seeking a ruling that the radio station apologise for broadcasting the piece.
Says a spokesman for the SA Artists Against Apartheid collective:
"The ASA decision is significant due to our own history of Apartheid. The decision sends a clear message to the Zionist lobby that the time has come for an end to the baseless accusations of "discrimination" and "hate speech" whenever criticism of Israel is voiced. Calling Israel an Apartheid state is legitimate because Israel practices Apartheid. The boycott of such an oppressive regime should be supported as it was in our own Anti-Apartheid freedom struggle."A spokeswoman for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Working Group states:
"This is the second major boycott of Israel decision coming from South Africa in less than six months. The first being the historic decision by the University of Johannesburg to sever its Israeli ties. The boycott of Israel campaign is the new Anti-Apartheid Movement, and its growing rapidly."Read more: http://www.pacbi.org/etemplate.php?id=1654
Truly, the Devil's Decade of the 1930s has returned.