Israel: Freedom to Sing and Dance

The proliferation of flash mobs and lip dubs has become something of a western ritual, a ritual that expresses joy in the public sphere.

It’s important to understand that these highly choreographed dances are, first and foremost, expressions of freedom.

And of course, these mini Busby Berkeley scenes come to us from Democratic societies where the balance of power rests not with the state but with a free citizenry. Countries where women enjoy equal rights.

The very best videos come from America, Israel, and Canada.

There are no flash mobs or lip dubs from Muslim states.

Instead we get snuff videos: beheadings, stonings, hangings, public beatings, jihadist vows to murder Jews, Christians and all infidels. Let’s be clear: if women in an Islamic country were to dance in public, it would be an automatic death sentence. As the Ayatollah Khomeini said: “There is no joy in Islam… the purest joy in Islam is to kill and be killed for Allah.”

These videos are a vital ingredient in the information war that is being waged between supporters of America and Israel and the Islamists and their leftist enablers.

A few thousand intellectuals read the learned articles in The Weekly Standard and Commentary, but millions view flash mob and lip dub videos.

Here’s a wonderful lip dub from Hebrew University in Jerusalem.


H/T Sister-in-Law Rena B., who has an encyclopedic knowledge of this subject.

Karen and I wish all our friends and relatives a happy New Year lovely and a joyous Shabbat.

This coming Monday, at 4:10 CT I will be a guest on Dr. Gina Loudon’s radio program. We will be discussing the case of Harry Potter actress Afshan Azad, who is in hiding, under threat of an honor killing by her family. I wrote about it here.

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  1. Dr. Peter
    Posted January 3, 2011 at 11:36 am | Permalink

    Like so many other videos and lip-dubs from Israel, this touching video underscores one of humankind’s greatest paradoxes: How could such a profoundly good and decent people, full of such energy for life and success at building such a vibrant society (not to mention that they are G-d’s people) be surrounded by a people with such vile hate and abject socioeconomic failure who want to annihilate them?
    Perhaps the paradox can be explained by such a simple explanation as offered by Rabbi Daniel Lappin: it simply comes down to “G-d vs no G-d”.

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  2. Posted January 1, 2011 at 2:32 am | Permalink

    Thank you for the beautiful video – I linked to it in my blog.
    I happen to teach, not in Jerusalem but in the North, and that’s really how the young Israelis I know are – creative, funny, full of smiles and joy of life.

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  3. DrCarol
    Posted December 31, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Permalink

    Oh, that was wonderful!
    Makes me want to visit Jerusalem again. :-)
    Happy New Year!

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  4. Franny
    Posted December 31, 2010 at 1:35 pm | Permalink

    How lovely to see the exuberance and joy in these young people, very nice!

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