Michael Dickson
Executive Director, StandWithUs - Israel
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The misleading of Ms. Lauryn Hill

Plain and simple: Vicious, anti-Israel online extremists bullied the singer into canceling her Israel concert

Sorry, Ms. Lauryn Hill but your statement doesn’t cut it. People are interpreting your cancellation as you boycotting the world’s only Jewish country.

Dear Friends and Fans in Israel,When deciding to play the region, my intention was to perform in both Tel Aviv and…

Posted by Ms. Lauryn Hill on Monday, 4 May 2015

Is that true? In which case — you need to own it.

Did you get bullied by the vicious rhetoric of the anti-Israel mob on social media? Say so.

Are we to understand that you will only play to one country or set of people if you can also simultaneously play to anyone they are in conflict with? Good luck finding a venue like that in this world!

In the end, your cancellation is being seen by those who are both racist and anti-peace as a victory. It’s being seen as a victory for those who would suppress your performance and see that in some way as good. Your cancelation demonizes one set of people and demoralizes those who really, truly want peace in the region. And whatever the case, don’t judge – see things for yourself.

Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, Madonna, India Arie, Lady Gaga, who all played in Israel recently, understood this. And each of those artists, and many others, performed in front of the free-est, most diverse audience you are likely to find in the Middle East.

Now witness the celebration online by extremists at your decision: Those who celebrate the cancelation of concerts are the same types that would celebrate the burning of books. Everything is everything. It sounds like you got bombarded by lies, you believed them and caved.

You haven’t been miseducated, Lauryn Hill – you’ve been misled.

About the Author
Michael Dickson is Executive Director of the StandWithUs Israel office. From the StandWithUs Center in Jerusalem, Michael leads an international team at StandWithUs - a respected provider of Israel educational material and programs - and oversees the international educational and outreach work of this non-profit organization. Michael regularly addresses audiences and broadcasts on issues pertaining to Israel and public diplomacy. Michael is a Senior Fellow at the Center for International Communication (CIC) of Bar Ilan University, is an Honorary member of Alpha Epsilon Pi, and was appointed to the Spectrum Forum of leading Executive Directors in Israel under the age of 40. He was named as the 14th most influential Jew on Twitter by JTA. Michael was listed in the Top 30 of "The Aliyah 100 List" of British immigrants to Israel, one of the "flag bearers who shape the State of Israel and made a significant contribution". He was named one of the “30 Israelis Making a Difference” by Channel 10 TV’s “Hazinur” at a ceremony at the President of Israel’s Residence. Views expressed are personal. Follow on Twitter: http://twitter.com/michaeldickson
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