April 12, 2006, - 1:47 am

University of Michigan’s “Music Festival” of HATE

[Note from Debbie: A few days ago, I wrote, yet again, about , an organization funded mostly by your tax dollars and United Way money. ACCESS was a promoter of and participant in the illegal alien demonstrations you’ve been seeing around the country.
But ACCESS is not just about aiding and abetting illegal aliens. It is about , in every way possible. The latest is by sponsoring “music festivals,” like one, this Saturday Night, at the University of Michigan. It is also funded by your tax money through the University Musical Society and the National Endowment for the Arts, and a sponsorship by Pfizer.
This letter is written by my father, H.L. Schlussel, in protest of the “music festival.” My dad taught me almost everything I know about the Middle East and Islam. As I’ve written before, his wealth of knowledge dwarfs most of the so-called terrorism and Mid-East “experts” you see on TV and cable.
Ken Fisher
University Musical Society
University of Michigan
Burton Memorial Tower
881 N. University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1011
Dear Mr. Fisher:
This letter is in response to the brochure you sent me, entitled, “05/06 UMS Season.”
Last year, I called the Society in response to a previous brochure you sent me, regarding the “Arab World Music Festival,” sponsored by the Society. That brochure featured a map of the Middle East, in which the State of Israel was eliminated. My daughter, , a U-M alumna, appropriately called this, “a map of hate.”
This year’s announcement, on page 77 of your schedule, is even more egregious. At the top of the page, you list three musical performances, “Music of the Levant: Syria, Lebanon, Palestine.” The group from “Palestine” is listed as: “Trio Joubran . . . hails from the Biblical City of Nazareth.”
If you had bothered to check, you could have easily determined that “the Biblical City of Nazareth” is in Israel. It is within the so-called “Green Line.” That is, it was part of Israel–even before the 1967 war. It is not in the disputed territories. Perhaps you did not know that, but surely, Mr. Osama Siblani, Editor and Publisher of the Arab-American News, and Mr. , the Executive Director and Founder of ACCESS, did know this. [DS: Both are sponsors of this “event.”]
It is shameful that you have allowed your musical schedule to be used for the symbolic genocide of the State of Israel, which these gentlemen would like to perpetrate. You are complicit in that act.

Attention, University of Michigan & ACCESS: Nazareth is in ISRAEL.

I thought that music is the “universal language.” Middle-Eastern music is not the exclusive property of Arabs or Muslims. It is also the heritage of Christians and Jews who have lived in the Middle East from time immemorial. About 65% of the Jews living in Israel are themselves or the children of refugees, who were expelled from Arab and Muslim countries–from Morocco to Afghanistan and from Yemen to Syria. This music is as much part of Israeli culture as western music. Exponents of “Mizrachi” or Middle-Eastern music in Israel include Daklon, Yoel Sharabi, the late Ofra Haza, Chaim Zadok, Chaim Moshe, Joe Amar, and the Inbal Dance Group.
The Yemeni Muslim Community of Detroit had to invite a Jewish Yemenite group from New York to perform at their annual festival, last year. [DS: They did so, because they want their holy women to be modest and not dance in front of men. But no similar respect for the modesty of the infidel Jewish Yemenite women they beseeched to dance for them.]
Several years ago, while touring Israel, my family and I spent a night in the Northern Israeli town of Nahariya. We were delighted to see that half of the families enjoying dinner at the hotel restaurant were Arabs wearing kefiyehs and traditional garb. You see, 20% of the citizens of Israel are Arabs. In contrast to the Muslims of Gaza, the Israelis are tolerant of all cultures. Recently, the Jews of Gaza were forced to leave, taking even their dead with them, because of the intolerance of the Arab Muslim inhabitants. When we left the restaurant, we passed two banquet halls and heard Middle Eastern music coming out of them. These were weddings of Middle-Eastern Jewish families.
I am taking the liberty of enclosing a photo of Cheikh Raymond Leyris, a Jewish Algerian, who was the leading exponent of “Malouf,” Algerian urban music. Cheikh Raymond was also a strong advocate of friendship between Muslim and Jew. Unfortunately, Cheikh Raymond was shot dead by a Muslim assassin on June 22, 1961, while walking through downtown Constantine, Algeria, with his young daughter.

Instead of using music to unite, the sponsors of the “Arab World Music Summit”–like the assassins of Cheikh Raymond–use music to demonize and destroy.
H. L. Schlussel, M.D.
H.L. Schlussel, MD is a physician, Vietnam-era U.S. Army Veteran, and Middle East expert, who speaks several languages. His other column on this site, is,

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7 Responses

Call me crazy but having 20% Arabs in Israel is what I would call an unfortunate circumstance, but I guess when given a lemon it’s best to make lemonade.

shleppy on April 11, 2006 at 10:37 pm

Oooooh Good One, Debbie! Sock it to ’em! Music festival my aspidistra! They will use any ‘ploy’ or red herring to spread disinformation or create some or discredit something that is the truth. I have never seen the like of the Machiavellian shenanigans that Muslims employ to reach their end goal. It would be laughable, if it weren’t so deadly serious. But serious they are to the point of murder when they don’t get their own way. And that murder can be your family or your friends, a business partner, anyone they think is important to you. And they are not concerned about the unintended consequences of laying waste.
I have never seen an organization so devoted to evil in my life, never mind that I have never found a religion that employs such in all my years of living and that’s quite a lot! They are relentless in pursuit of their goals of revenge and bloodthirsty jihad.

foreign devil on April 12, 2006 at 2:35 am

It’s been awhile since I’ve given any comments here but kudos to your dad! Excellent piece! Jews have been very much a part of the rest of the Middle East (especially in Yemen), and not just centuries/millenia ago.

hairymon on April 12, 2006 at 9:39 am

Since the UM director flunked geography and “Middle Eastern” music,he and his Arab music fans need to remember-
on Passover-that the late jazz sax player John Coltrane dedicated ‘A Love Supreme’ to God and his wife,jazz harpist Alice Coltrane wrote on the album notes that Coltrane came out of seclusion after writing it-like Moses(not Muhammad).

jaywilton on April 12, 2006 at 9:52 am

I see nothing inconsistent in the Muslim entertainment agenda, as it directly parallels the political hate mongering of Hollywood and Pinewood … and the tax subsidized NEA.
A map without Israel is an Arab ‘dream’. The reality is an Arab nightmare called the Israeli military machine.
The ‘Music Fest’ the Arabs dread is the Jewish one upon the ruins of Mecca when those short sighted idiots finally go too far.
I believe it was once said that Ishmael brays like an ass in the desert. They had better take it back to the desert … they’re braying here is starting to fray some dangerous nerves.

Athling on April 12, 2006 at 10:39 pm

Now that I got the DEMON exorcised, now I can say to Debbie and her Dad, “Happy Passover” and “Chag Sameach.”
JayWilton, nice dig at Mohammed’s illiteracy. Ever read the koran? It’s like force feeding yourself horse manure. Although Athling has the species correct.

Loser on April 13, 2006 at 3:26 pm

The last time I went to Hill Auditorium in Ann Arbor was in October to see the great 75 year old jazz tenor sax player Sonny Rollins.The concert wasn’t advertised as ‘The 911 Concert’,even though that was his last cd,which was recorded just after 911-and he was seen on TV
vacating his apartment near the World Trade Center.Since this ‘Arab Music Festival’didn’t include an affirmative action disclaimer,UM needs to promote a Cheikh Raymond Leyris Memorial Concert.

jaywilton on April 18, 2006 at 10:57 am

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