Mira Awad - ZF press Notice


By Jonathan Hoffman
April 13, 2010
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The following Press Notice has been sent out and will appear on the ZF Website zionist.org.uk

ISRAEL INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION WILL NOT BE HALTED BY EXTREMISM

Story Date: Tuesday 13th April 2010

Confusion surrounded the announcement that Eurovision entrant and Arab Israeli singer Mira Awad would be withdrawing from a concert to celebrate Israel’s Independence in central London. Mira was due to appear in the ZF organised celebration on Monday 19th April as half of the headline act with co-singer NOA, one of Israel’s top performing artists. NOA issued the following statement:

“I am extremely disappointed that Mira Awad will not be performing as my guest in London on April 19th. Due to vulgar threats made to her and her family and Ofer our manager. By small-minded, cold-hearted people, she was forced to cancel. Mira and I, together and apart, will continue to fight with the tools at our disposal, words and music, to change this awful reality. We believe wholeheartedly that "there must be another way"!

Mira has since denied the death threats, but the ZF said it stood by its initial announcement and regretted the sad situation in which the singer is clearly under continuing pressure. Chief Executive Alan Aziz said:

“We do not wish to comment further on this sad story except to say that the message coming from Arab extremists in Israel will not deter the ZF from celebrating Israel’s birthday, its diversity, its rich culture and most importantly, its democracy”

The ZF has organised Israel Independence Day concerts in the UK for the last 20 years, marking Israel’s 60th birthday at Wembley Stadium two years ago with the biggest Israel concert to be held in the world on that day. It is expecting a large crowd this year for NOA, and for X Factor’s Stacey Solomon, who will also make an appearance.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION OR TO ARRANGE FILMING PLEASE CONTACT

ALAN AZIZ, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR of the ZIONIST FEDERATION

email - alan@zfuk.org

Tel: 020 82020202

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moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Tue, 04/13/2010 - 15:46

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The ZF still cannot bring itself to say that Mira didn't want to perform for the ZF on Yom Ha'atzmaut. Simples. Is this for insurance purposes?


Ben Abuyah

Tue, 04/13/2010 - 17:58

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Jonathan, you still haven't produced any evidence of death threats; nor, if there were death threats, any evidence that they came exclusively from "Arab extremists" (as opposed to, let's say, Jewish extremists).


moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Tue, 04/13/2010 - 18:23

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No, Ben, there won't be any evidence.


cityca

Tue, 04/13/2010 - 21:15

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Jonathan
As always, well done for your indomitable spirit in always being there where it counts.

moshezarfati, I don't know what your problem is with Jonathan, but if you were to put a fraction of your effort into fighting back against the anti-Semitism and anti-Israel rhetoric that is so prevalent in the UK, I'd have some respect for you.

As it is, your continual snide and malicious remarks on every one of Jonathan's posts, mark you out as some kind of obsessive and if I were him, I wouldn't give you the time of day. You are acting simply as a troll.


moshetzarfati2 (not verified)

Tue, 04/13/2010 - 21:26

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Ah, Cityca, I've been expecting you (or Hawkeye). The antis love it when Jonathan turns up. They've even got songs and chants about him. Now there's affection.


Harvey

Wed, 04/14/2010 - 10:03

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Speaking of " singers " and slightly off topic , I have just seen the video of the increasingly fragile Deborah Fink outside the Natural History Museum impersonating an operatic singer.
I suggest the next time she plays North Bridlingtons British Legion Club we do a Wigmore Hall . I suugest the Humming Chorus from Madam Butterfly replete with megaphones a la Fink .


Jonathan Hoffman

Wed, 04/14/2010 - 10:23

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My lugholes are still recovering Harvey

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