Jul 25, 2010

By The Rivers of Babylon (video)

I found this form of protest funny.

The PA used to try to convince artists and performers coming to Israel to cancel their trips. Some would, considering it too political, not wanting to make a political statement, or whatever, and some would not listen and would go on with the show.

Last week the group Boney M came for a performance - in Palestine. In Ramallah. The PA refused to allow them to play their most famous song "By The Rivers of Babylon", because, as the AP reported, it represents the Zionists yearning to return to Zion..

I guess it makes sense to not sing such a song in the Palestinian Territories, even though it is their most famous song.

The funny thing is that the protest was against the words:
By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down;
yea we wept, when we remembered Zion.

When the wicked
Carried us away in captivity
Required from us a song
Now how shall we sing the Lord's song in a strange land.

What is funny about that being the point of protest is that, while not in the lyrics of the song, the paragraph in tehillim continues on and concludes by saying "fortunate is the one who will repay you for what you did to us, fortunate is the one who will grab your infants and smash them against the rocks..."

Anyway, because they could not sing it, I offer to you their song here:

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