published : 2023-11-13

Celebrity Pair Unites to Combat Antisemitism on Ivy League Campus

Livestreamed concert aims to inspire Jewish students and raise awareness

Noa Tishby delivering a passionate speech at a pro-Israel rally, taken with a Nikon D850

In a powerful and unprecedented move, Jewish American singer and rapper Matisyahu will join forces with Israeli actress and activist Noa Tishby to tackle the rampant spread of antisemitism on college campuses.

With the disturbing rise of antisemitic incidents targeting Jewish students at Columbia University, the pair aims to galvanize and empower the community through a live concert.

Organized by the Israel on Campus Coalition (ICC), the event will feature Matisyahu's iconic reggae and rap-infused melodies, including hits like 'King Without a Crown' and 'One Day'.

Furthermore, Noa Tishby, a former special envoy for combatting antisemitism, will deliver a heartfelt message, shedding light on the enduring resilience of Jewish people against hate throughout history.

The ICC, renowned for its mission to inspire American college students and pro-Israel groups, intends to elevate Israel as a source of pride and empower students to stand up against antisemitism on campus.

Matisyahu performing on stage, igniting the crowd with his reggae rhythm, taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Matisyahu, deeply affected by the recent Hamas attacks on Israel, felt compelled to use his music as a means of support and solidarity for his fellow Jewish brothers and sisters.

Expressing a profound sense of loneliness and isolation among Jews in the United States, Matisyahu's powerful message strikes a chord with those impacted by the war and pro-Palestine demonstrations calling for the elimination of Israel.

Notably, despite the challenges, Matisyahu finds hope in the remarkable connection and unity exhibited by Jews worldwide in the face of adversity, branding it as both extraordinary and miraculous.

Unfortunately, recent protests in support of Palestine have escalated into acts of violence, such as graffiti inciting the destruction of Israel and the defacement of posters depicting kidnapped Jews by Hamas.

Columbia University, grappling with the tension on campus, suspended pro-Palestine groups for violating campus event rules in the aftermath of demanding that Israel's actions be labeled as 'genocide'.

Jewish students at Columbia University joining together in solidarity against antisemitism, taken with a Sony Alpha A7 III

Highlighting the urgency of the situation, Noa Tishby, with her extensive experience combatting antisemitism, emphasizes that the re-emergence of this ancient form of hatred must not be ignored.

In her message to students, she implores them to remember that resilience has always been a key characteristic of the Jewish people, and unity will ultimately triumph over hate.

The livestreamed concert, scheduled for Monday evening, aims to lift the spirits of Jewish students at Columbia University, providing them with a sense of community and inspiration during these challenging times.

To watch the concert and be part of this transformative experience, viewers can tune in to the ICC's Youtube page at 8 p.m. on Monday.

Prepare to be moved, inspired, and united as Matisyahu and Noa Tishby take a stand against antisemitism and rally behind the strength of the Jewish community.