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Shame on this symbolism: uprooting thousands of old olive trees for stupid Eucalyptus

What this song for Eucalyptus trees have to do with Zionist Israel?Why Eucalyptus is spreading strong antagonistic emotions?
Note: this is an update on a post of 2012
There is this Belgian singer Lara Fabian, born from an Italian mother, who had sung  Khourshat Haecalyptus (Eucalyptus Forest) in May 25, 2008, and in Hebrew, at the Concert for the 60 Years of Israel, at Trocadero in Paris. Lara sang in March 2010 at the “Cercle Ben Gurion” in Brussels (Belgium)
The lyrics of the song  “The Eucalyptus forest” was written by Zionist Naamat Shimer who describes her parents settlement in Tabaraya (Tiberiad in North of Palestine) in 1917 in the Palestinian towns of Samakh and Em Nounat.  
The original inhabitants of these two towns, as in  hundreds other Palestinian villages, were murdered and displaced by act of random violence and planned genocide.  These Palestinians were kicked out of their lands by the nascent apartheid and colonial State of Israel in 1948.

Arafat Kewan wrote (and posted on Samah’s wall):

“Naamat’s immigrant parents contributed with the surrounding Kibuts in planting Eucalyptus trees on a hill. This song is representative of Zionism implantation in Palestine and how her parents fought to keep this forest, and how this forest is a symbol of the “new peace”…

The problem is that Lara Fabian is invited to sing in Casino of Lebanon this Feb 14-15, 2012, and Lebanese youth are very upset that the government is acting nonchalantly on issues related to national pride, particularly that the government own a large share in the Casino.

Another singer, Armin Van Buren was programmed to sing in Lebanon after performing in Eilat (Israel) and the Youth demonstrated in front of the concert hall. Many other foreign “artists” violated the feeling of the Lebanese who are still being threatened by the successive Israel pre-emptive wars…

 The Lebanese youth sent Lara Fabian this letter:
“Beirut, January 15, 2012
Ms Lara Fabian, Greetings from Beirut.
You have declared your full support of Israel. You have sung on its 60th “anniversary,” which means 60 (by now 64) years of ethnic cleansing, house demolitions, apartheid, colonial settlements, and denial of the rights of millions of Palestinian refugees (including about 400,000 thousand in Lebanon alone) to go home.
You have sung a Zionist song in Hebrew, and declared your “love” for Israel when you finished singing it (in Paris, Trocadero, May 25, 2008).
While you were celebrating Israel’s “anniversary,” leading international artists and cultural figures of the caliber of Augusto Boal, Mahmoud Darwish, Judith Butler, Andre Brink, Nigel Kennedy, among many others, signed a statement titled “No reason to celebrate!
The statement appeared in the International Herald Tribune on 8 May 2008 and said: “There is no reason to celebrate! Israel at 60 is a State that is still denying Palestinian refugee their UN-sanctioned rights, simply because they are “non-Jews.”
Israel is still illegally occupying Palestinian and other Arab lands, in violation of numerous UN resolutions. It is still persistently and grossly breaching international law and infringing fundamental human rights with impunity afforded to it through munificent US and European economic, diplomatic and political support.
Israel is still treating its own Palestinian citizens with institutionalized discrimination.
Celebrating “Israel at 60” is tantamount to dancing on Palestinian graves to the haunting tune of lingering dispossession and multi-faceted injustice.”
More recently, heeding the virtually consensus-supported Palestinian call for a cultural boycott of Israel, tens of artists and musicians have declared their unwillingness to play in Israel just as they had done with apartheid South

Africa.
Tel Aviv is increasingly being viewed today as Sun City was in the 1980s.
Roger Waters, Carlos Santana, Elvis Costello, Natasha Atlas, Gil-Scott Heron, The Pixies, Gorillaz, Klaxons, Vanessa Paradis, Snoop Dogg, are some of many who took a moral stand and refused to allow their art and names to be used to whitewash Israel’s violations of human rights.
You, Lara Fabian, on the contrary, chose, time and again, to entertain apartheid, crime, and occupation in Israel and to further vow your “love” for it. For that, and in line with our right to freedom of expression in Lebanon, we pledge to boycott your event in “Casino du Liban” on Feb 14-15.
We will call on all the Lebanese and Palestinians in Lebanon to boycott your shows.  We will urge our Algerian and Moroccan brothers and sisters to do the same.
Singing for love and peace on Valentine’s Day contradicts your unequivocal support for apartheid and colonization.
Our country, Lebanon, is, to this very day, subject to daily Israeli infringement on its sovereignty. Tens of thousands of Lebanese have been murdered thanks to Israeli bombardment and shelling since its inception (“independence”!) in 1948.
Furthermore, millions of cluster bombs (spread at the last day of the 2006 cease fire) are still implanted in the south of Lebanon, causing the daily death and injury of peasants and children.
Lara Fabian, the message of love should not be smeared with blood. Boycott Israel; be on the right side of history! Campaign to Boycott Supporters of “Israel” in Lebanon” End of letter.” End of letter
This habit of claiming “art for art sake” is no longer receivable. Artists, way before politicians, are to be in the front line against apartheid, discrimination, and genocide-minded policies, anywhere in the world.
I am wondering, why the early Jewish immigrants had to bring eucalyptus trees to Palestine?
Did they think Palestine is in tropical region of Africa and Burma and that malaria was the main health nemesis?
 If so, why Zionism has lied to world community claiming that they were returning “Home”, if they were so ignorant of Palestine?
Does Lara Fabian carries quinine pills in her handbag as she lands in Israel, or she heads straight to “her forest” to chew on a few eucalyptus leaves?
Note 1: Lara has cancelled her show in Lebanon after the campaign opposing her presence.
Note 2: Israel is making a habit of uprooting thousands of Palestinian old olive trees in order to make room for more settlements
Note 3: Have you read a translation of this Zionist anthem? It is a long series of terror intent and slaughter-hood of every one living in “conquered” territories. And I wonder how any sane person can still dance and be cheerful on listening to this macabre song.

Trust the Lebanese to dwell on ancient events: Who is this Lara Fabian anyway?

In the last three weeks, Lebanon was confronted with two groups related to the programmed event of Lara Fabian (42 year-old) singing at the Casino du Liban in mid February (on the occasion of Valentine Day).  One group, Campaign to Boycott Israeli Supporters is intent on blocking “artists” who performed in Israel and blatently expressing their “love to Israel” to performing in Lebanon, and another group claiming that “prohibiting” these artists to performing in Lebanon will hurt the “cultural” image of Lebanon and handicap tourism activities,… I previously published on that flap and the letter of the opposing movement to Lara in https://adonis49.wordpress.com/2012/01/18/what-eucalyptus-trees-have-to-do-with-zionist-israel-celebrations-and-lebanon-why-eucalyptus-is-spreading-strong-antagonistic-emotions/

This post is intended on displaying the position of the “art for art sake” group. The Lebanese daily Al Nahar wrote: “Activists slammed over the weekend anti-Israeli campaigners who had rallied against a planned, but now canceled, visit by singer Lara Fabian to Lebanon.

The Campaign to Boycott Israeli Supporters in Lebanon cited an online video showing Fabian singing in a 2008 concert on the anniversary of the creation of Israel. Fabian sang in Hebrew and then later before getting off the stage said: “I love you Israel.”

The establishment of Israel in 1948, termed the Nakba (catastrophe) by Palestinians and many in the Arab region, saw the forceful expulsion of Palestinians from their homeland. Lebanon and Israel are technically in a state of war and last fought each other in a 34-day conflict in 2006. (Lara Fabian had expressed her love to Israel as Gaza was being burned by phosphorous bombs and babies reduced to living torches…)

The managing company of Lara’s concerts dispatched a letter to the Casino stating: “For security reasons, Lara Fabian will not satisfy her contract…We cannot handle the physical threats we received…”  Bilal Sh3ib,  managing director of concerts in the Casino said: “There is no basis for Fabian to cancel out. Singer Fabian didn’t receive any threats, physical or otherwise…” and he went on to  state the “love of Lebanese” for culture, art, and bla, bla, bla…

The Association of Reporters Against Violence released a statement on Saturday:

“These suspicious campaigns do not affect Israel but reflect on Lebanon’s image and reputation. On Thursday, Belgian-Italian singer Fabian canceled her tour to Lebanon scheduled for Feb. 14 and Feb. 15 at Casino du Liban after anti-Israeli campaigners rallied against her visit.

“The Lebanese authorities are responsible for the cancellation and the distortion of Lebanon’s image. The government should have provided the necessary security measures to ensure the safety of performers. But the government failed, as usual, to the campaigners and organizations that have nothing to do with Lebanon, its culture and role.

“One of the campaigner’s goals is to isolate Lebanon from the world and transform it to (Iran Islamic jurisprudence) image which Brig. Gen. Qassem Suleimani of Iran’s elite Al-Quds Force of the Revolutionary Guards Corp seeks to create in (south Lebanon).”

On Friday, local media quoted Suleimani as saying that south Lebanon was under the control of Iran and its ideas. His remarks, carried by Iran’s official news agency IRNA Friday, were mistranslated by Arabic media and interpreted by March 14 politicians to mean that south Lebanon was under Iran’s influence.

In an apparent reference to Hezbollah, the pro-Israel Lebanese activists also slammed the tripartite formula of  “army, people, the resistance,” which they claim is for the purpose of transforming the system in Beirut to a Tehran-style regime.

There have been other incidents where artists have called off their visits to Lebanon over links to or showing sympathy with the Jewish state.  For example, in 2009, French stand-up comedian Gad Elmaleh canceled his three-day tour to Lebanon after activists, saying Elmaleh was pro-Israeli and served in the Israeli army, rallied against his visit.

On her Facebook official page, the singer wrote: “I will not sing under menace…I don’t work well with hate…I appreciate tolerance, generosity, and truth…Those who didn’t comprehend my position and refuse my visit to your beautiful country where I had previously sang, they don’t have to be worried…”

“Example of censuring are multiplying: Prohibiting extracts of Anne Frank Journal in school texts, erasing the name of Steven Spielberg in Tintin billboards…”

The latest survey shows that 300,000 families live under the poverty line (less than $100 a month), and you have the kids of these “rich families” receiving weekly stipends in the hundreds of dollars in order to have fun (concert tickets costing over $100) and not giving a hoot to the precarious condition of Lebanon…We could not afford the fuel for our central heating system this winter, and my old parents are keeping warm in beds…

Read more: http://www.dailystar.com.lb/News/Local-News/2012/Jan-21/160670-activists-slam-campaigns-against-lara-fabian.ashx#ixzz1kCociKUX (The Daily Star :: Lebanon News :: http://www.dailystar.com.lb)

 What Eucalyptus trees have to do with: Zionist Israel, songs, and Lebanon? Why Eucalyptus is spreading strong antagonistic emotions?
There is this singer, the Belgian Lara Fabian, born from an Italian mother, who had sung  Khourshat Haecalyptus (Eucalyptus Forest) in May 25, 2008, and in Hebrew, at the Concert for the 60 Years of Israel, at Trocadero in Paris. Lara sang in March 2010 at the “Cercle Ben Gurion” in Brussels (Belgium)
The lyrics of the song  “The Eucalyptus forest” was written by Zionist Naamat Shimer who describes her parents settlement in Tabaraya (Tiberiad in North of Palestine) in 1917 in the Palestinian towns of Samakh and Em Nounat.  The original inhabitants of these two towns, as in  hundreds other Palestinian villages, were murdered and displaced by act of random violence and planned genocide from their lands by the nascent Israel State in 1948.

Arafat Kewan wrote (and posted on Samah’s wall): “Naamat’s immigrant parents contributed with the surrounding Kibuts in planting Eucalyptus trees on a hill. This song is representative of Zionism implantation in Palestine and how her parents fought to keep this forest, and how this forest is a symbol of the “new peace”…

The problem is that Lara Fabian is invited to sing in Casino of Lebanon this Feb 14-15, 2012, and Lebanese youth are very upset that the government is acting nonchalantly on issues related to national pride, particularly that the government own a large share in the Casino. Another singer, Armin Van Buren was programmed to sing in Lebanon after performing in Eilat (Israel) and the Youth demonstrated in front of the concert hall. Many other foreign “artists” violated the feeling of the Lebanese who are still being threatened by the successive Israel pre-emptive wars…

 The Lebanese youth sent Lara Fabian this letter:
“Beirut, January 15, 2012
Dear Ms Lara Fabian, Greetings from Beirut.
You have declared your full support of Israel. You have sung on its 60th “anniversary,” which means 60 (by now 64) years of ethnic cleansing, house demolitions, apartheid, colonial settlements, and denial of the rights of millions of Palestinian refugees (including about 400,000 thousand in Lebanon alone) to go home.
You have sung a Zionist song in Hebrew, and declared your “love” for Israel when you finished singing it (in Paris, Trocadero, May 25, 2008).
While you were celebrating Israel’s “anniversary,” leading international artists and cultural figures of the caliber of Augusto Boal, Mahmoud Darwish, Judith Butler, Andre Brink, Nigel Kennedy, among many others, signed a statement titled “No reason to celebrate!”
The statement appeared in the International Herald Tribune on 8 May 2008 and said: “There is no reason to celebrate! Israel at 60 is a State that is still denying Palestinian refugee their UN-sanctioned rights, simply because they are “non-Jews.”
Israel is still illegally occupying Palestinian and other Arab lands, in violation of numerous UN resolutions. It is still persistently and grossly breaching international law and infringing fundamental human rights with impunity afforded to it through munificent US and European economic, diplomatic and political support.
Israel is still treating its own Palestinian citizens with institutionalized discrimination. In short, celebrating “Israel at 60” is tantamount to dancing on Palestinian graves to the haunting tune of lingering dispossession and multi-faceted injustice.”
More recently, heeding the virtually consensus-supported Palestinian call for a cultural boycott of Israel, tens of artists and musicians have declared their unwillingness to play in Israel just as they had done with apartheid South Africa.
Tel Aviv is increasingly being viewed today as Sun City was in the 1980s. Roger Waters, Carlos Santana, Elvis Costello, Natasha Atlas, Gil-Scott Heron, The Pixies, Gorillaz, Klaxons, Vanessa Paradis, Snoop Dogg, are some of many who took a moral stand and refused to allow their art and names to be used to whitewash Israel’s violations of human rights.
You, Lara Fabian, on the contrary, chose, time and again, to entertain apartheid, crime, and occupation in Israel and to further vow your “love” for it. For that, and in line with our right to freedom of expression in Lebanon, we pledge to boycott your event in “Casino du Liban” on Feb 14-15.
We will call on all the Lebanese and Palestinians in Lebanon to boycott your shows.  We will urge our Algerian and Moroccan brothers and sisters to do the same.
Singing for love and peace on Valentine’s Day contradicts your unequivocal support for apartheid and colonization. Our country, Lebanon, is, to this very day, subject to daily Israeli infringement on its sovereignty. Tens of thousands of Lebanese have been murdered thanks to Israeli bombardment and shelling since its inception (“independence”!) in 1948.
Furthermore, millions of cluster bomblets are still implanted in the south of Lebanon, causing the daily death and injury of peasants and children.
Lara Fabian, the message of love should not be smeared with blood. Boycott Israel; be on the right side of history! Campaign to Boycott Supporters of “Israel” in Lebanon” End of letter.” End of letter
This habit of claiming “art for art sake” is no longer receivable. Artists, way before politicians, are to be in the front line against apartheid, discrimination, and genocide-minded policies, anywhere in the world.
I am wondering, why the early Jewish immigrants had to bring eucalyptus trees to Palestine?  Did they think Palestine is in tropical region of Africa and Burma and that malaria was the main health nemesis?  If so, why Zionism has lied to world community claiming that they were returning “Home”, if they were so ignorant of Palestine? Does Lara Fabian carries quinine pills in her handbag as she lands in Israel, or she heads straight to “her forest” to chew on a few eucalyptus leaves?
Note 1: Lara has cancelled her show in Lebanon after the campaign opposing her presence.  A few “pro-Israelis” in Lebanon are weeping…
Note 2: Song on www.youtube.com

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