JCRC Statement on Failed Efforts by Anti-Israel Activists to Cancel Sold-Out Matisyahu Concert

JCRC Statement

The following is a statement from Ron Halber, executive director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington, on the sold-out Matisyahu concert tonight at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC.

We are pleased that radical anti-Israel and antisemitic activists have failed so spectacularly in trying to intimidate the Jewish community and prevent us from enjoying musical and cultural celebrations. Matisyahu was targeted simply because he is Jewish and proudly pro-Israel. But like Jewish people in our region and across the world, he will not be silenced. Our message to antisemites anywhere is simple: you will never succeed. Not on our watch.

Matisyahu’s music, which blends styles and traditions from across the world, is a model for all people and nations to follow. The individuals who futilely attempted to block this sold-out concert from taking place are the ones who have the most to learn from his example. Jewish people are proud of our heritage and we will never be afraid to express it.