Part of the segment in the performance of the musician Shlomi Shaban that caused a stir was omitted in his second performance held last night (Tuesday) at the Opera House in Tel Aviv.
As I recall, at his first appearance which took place about a month ago, where he launched his new album "Open House Part 1", the voice of Eitan Haber was heard shouting "The Israeli government announces with astonishment" and then the pictures of ministers Ben Gabir, Smotrich, Karai, Regev, Levin were projected and Prime Minister Netanyahu.
At last night's performance, Eitan Haber's voice was heard exclaiming, "The Israeli government announces with astonishment" against the background of a picture of the Declaration of Independence riddled with gun bullets, but this time the pictures of the right-wingers were not shown.
Instead, Shaban stopped the performance and addressed the storm that arose after the previous time: "There are people who do not agree with the opinions that are expressed through a song or in another artistic way. It is important for me to tell you that these songs, these opinions, are not exclusion and deportation orders for those who do not agree with me."
Shlomi Shaban (Photo: Lior Keter)
"Many of the people appearing here tonight do not agree with me, but it is still my right to express this opinion," Shaban continued.
"The last thing I want is to sing to people who think exactly like me. I hope there are people here who think the opposite of me. I think the most terrible thing that is happening now, if you have to rate, is the automaticity of the opacity, on both sides of the barrier, so that every person wearing a kippa becomes A messianic Jew who wants to take us back 2,000 years, and every protester holding a flag is an anarchist. It's a lie, it's a fraud."
The audience applauded at this point and Ben concluded: "This is not a speech of bringing hearts together. We are not there yet. It is only a desire to return and debate with passion, passion and listening, like human beings. I wish for it and pray for it to happen soon in our day, Amen."