Bei Galei Tzahal – dem Armeesender Israels

So sieht es aus im Studio von Galei Tzahal: public radio, gemacht von jungen Soldatinnen und Soldaten. Die produzieren das beliebteste Programm in Israel. Dass es so gute Qutoen hat, liegt vor allem daran liegt, dass das Produkt immer neue Impulse bekommt. Sprich: neue, junge Leute. Denn (fast) jede und jeder geht zum Militär.

Und man legt offenbar mehr Wert auf die Inhalte denn auf edle Ausstattung. Hier wie wohl auch bei NPR in den USA fällt einiges von der Wand. Ein Hauch von 70er, 80er, 90er weht durch die Studios. Ich kann – bar jeder Wertung – versichern, dass deutsche Studios komfortabler wirken. Junge Radiomacher „hinter der Scheibe“:

Heute vor einem Jahr war ich bei Galei Tzahal – gemeinsam mit rund 25 (überwiegend) Pop-Journalisten, organisiert von der Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung. Wir trafen ein paar der prominentesten Musiker des Landes. Wie diese Männer die Welt sehen, das hat mich so berührt, dass es mich bis heute nicht los läßt. Und deswegen führe ich mir und Euch diesen Tag noch mal vor Augen und Ohren. Das habe ich anschließend aus diesem Besuch gemacht: eine Reportage, die morgens in den „Informationen am Morgen“ lief – in der Primetime im Deutschlandfunk. (Die Musik am Anfang habe ich leider nicht mehr abgeschnitten. Ein wenig Geduld, bitte.)

Deutschlandfunk – Informationen am Morgen_ Podium – Popkultur, Politik, Israel

Mook E ist Rapper. Er gilt als Linker in Israel, auch wenn er sich gegen solche Attribute wehrt. Auf seinem Arm das Tatoo: Lion Zion.

O-Ton Mookie Kosion alias Mook E:

There is a big, in the Israeli society, a big anger about the hippocracy of the european liberal way of saying this fight between Israel and Palestinians, this feud or however you call it. It never looks the same when you are here and when you are there. And we feel that there is a way of saying things the wrong way. It is not a secret that oil plays a big part in it. When you go to Europe, I have been in Rome, and you see this on walls: Jews, go home. It is today, not 60 years ago. And you see it everywhere. You see it in the way people act, in the way they react to Israelis, to Jews, in the UN. Whereever you go. And we feel like we are feeling pressed to the corner. And no one is really listening. And of course we are not doing a good job being heard enough. We do feel it. It makes us angry. It’s injustice – and it is not comfortable to see it.

Was ich da hörte, das war ein Aufschrei. Ähnlich bei Subliminal. Er gilt als Rechter, wenngleich auch er sich dieses Schubladendenkens entzieht.

O-Ton Ya’akov Shimoni / Subliminal

I feel that Israel is very young, very talented and creative. But I think the thing that we do the worst in the world is PR – especially for us. And everytime I am out of Israel touring … we are very popular in all of this news channels. So I am switching up to CNN or whatever, SKY – and I always see something about Israel. Last time I was in Italy I heard about the Israeli occupation army invading Ramallah blowing up innocent’s people house. Okay? I went crazy, I called my father and asked: What happened? Why are we doing this? – What are you talking about? – I saw it on TV. I saw it myself: tanks inside Ramallah. He said: Yeah, but did you hear about the bus in Allenby Street full with kids on the way to school that blew up. And this house in Ramallah is the house of the terrorist bomber. That ist he punishment. They blew up his house. After he is dead. Now he is in heaven with 72 virgins. This ist he stuff I wanna talk about in my lyrics to open the people’s eyes. I do not know what a terrorist bomber would do in heaven with 72 virgins. I would prefer five well-experienced women than 72 virgins. God, that is so stupid. People actually kill themselves ovder this bullshit. And you guys it is very important for me to tell you guys that come from overseas to know exactly what Israel is really about. We are shitty in reflecting our reality for you guys. Everything I see in England, France, Germany – it is always wrong. I am an artist, but I wanna say: my oponion as a soldier – three years of my life: and I did a very good position in the army – and I know stuff. And have not seen it on TV. I can tell you that Israeli Army is IDF, Israeli defence force. We are basically the strongest and best army in the Middle East. And if we were a occupying army or we had some mission to occupy we would probably occupy the Middle East in 48 hours. It is possible. It is possible because we have guys with sticks and stones against us. And it is stupid to think different. Everytime that I hear: Israel is trying to invade Ramallah. Rammallah? It s  two seconds – to make it happen. We don’t want to do that. The only thing is a lot of people from all over the world. My mom is from Iran, my father is from Tunesia. Her family was murdered in Iran. His, my father’s family was murdered in Tunesia. From all over the world we came here to a little, sorry about the language, shitty piece of sand. And everything that happens on this land is important to me. Really. And I have no other place to go. And I don not say to anyone else: go. Because anyone who is born here, arabic, muslim, christian, it does not matter – that is his land too. Like I don’t wanna expell him from here – but I wanna be here and live. And I do not care if the peace costs half of Tel Aviv as long as it’s peace. But if it is not peace and someone is trying to kill you and you are stronger, so don’t be stupid and protect yourself.

Später, als wir mit den Musikern völlig elektrisiert vor dem Armeesender stehen – auf der Straße in Yaffo, dem arabisch geprägten Teil Tel Avivs, da vergleicht jemand Subliminal mit Bushido. Aber mir ist das ein wenig kurz gedacht.

O-Ton Ya’akov Shimoni / Subliminal

My point of view is: I gotta be a warrior. My whole generation is like that. My parent’s family was murdered either the Holocaust or in Iran or arabic countries or whatever. It’s not gonna happen again. Not to me. I am not gonna die like my ancestor’s family did. And a lot of people in Israel just feel like that. I walk with this type of jewish star on me cause I am proud. And whoever have a problem with it will gonna have a problem me. Okay. I am ready. And I know, it’s very very very stupid, but it is important to me to be proud. And I do not care. And I do not go like that in countries where there is a lot of antisemitism cause it is not my country. But at least here it is my country. Here I am the majority, here I wanna take care of my people.

Zwischendurch kommt es natürlich doch zu den berüchtigten Belehrungs-Szenen, wenn Israelis von Deutschen  pazifistische Gesinnungen  aufgedrückt bekommen, was sie allerdings nicht mit sich machen lassen. Da verbrüdern sich die beiden so unterschiedlichen Rapper.

O-Ton Mookie Kosion / Mook E:

There is a big, in the Israeli society, a big anger about the hippocracy of the european liberal way of saying this fight between Israel and Palestinians, this feud or however you call it. It never looks the same when you are here and when you are there. And we feel that there is a way of saying things the wrong way. It is not a secret that oil plays a big part in it. When you go to Europe, I have been in Rome, and you see this on walls: Jews, go home. It is today, not 60 years ago. And you see it everywhere. You see it in the way people act, in the way they react to Israelis, to Jews, in the UN. Whereever you go. And we feel like we are feeling pressed to the corner. And no one is really listening. And of course we are not doing a good job being heard enough. We do feel it. It makes us angry. It’s injustice – and it is not comfortable to see it.

O-Ton Ya’akov Shimoni / Subliminal

Now these days, almost every day, there is a missile in the north. They say: It’s not Lebanon. It’s Hisbollah. Who cares? It’s missiles, stupid missiles, not some electronic device, directed to an army base, no, it is a stupid missile like that: They shoot it over israeli territory and hope that it falls on a kindergarten or something like that. You gotta react to that. I cannot see any other country, not Germany, no other country in the world can tolerate this. And we live like that for years, we get used to it already and every time we raise our head up we get knocked out by the world.

Als anerkannter Kriegsdienstverweigerer habe ich an diesem Nachmittag erkannt, dass es Situationen gibt, in denen sich Menschen verteidigen müssen. Und ich fühlte mich diesen Männern verbunden. Mehr noch: Als MC Goga von Los Caparos (hier ihr köstliches CCCP-Video erzählte, wie es ihm in linken europäischen Kreisen ergangen ist, da habe ich mich geschämt:

O-ton MC Goga – Los Caparos:

Okay, short example. Two years ago, Los Caparos were trying to book some festivals in europe. It was in Iceland. We got this letter, something like: We cannot afford participation of your band. First, until the occupation of Palestine continues. Los Caparos singing Russian, English or whatever. Half of the band not from Israel, but from Russia. We are not singing of politics. I like music for the feet, making fun, not talking politics. For them – my band was a problem. It was a problem in this conflict between Israelis and Palestinians. I can see your side: You are propalestinian, but why in the hell do you think that not bringing my band to a festival will help to solve the situation? This is a very sad thing.

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