Thursday, May 19, 2016

Russia: Rock band 'Alisa' accused of antisemitism

Via Arutz 7:
A concert by a controversial rock band has divided Israel’s Russian-speaking community, pitting fans against those who argue the band should be banned from Israel over allegations of anti-Semitism.

Konstantin Kinchev, the lead singer of ‘Alisa’ rejects charges that the band is anti-Semitic.

Describing himself as an “enlightened Russian nationalist”, Kinchev has long fought accusations of Nazi sympathies, suing a Russian newspaper for defamation in 1987.

But Alisa makes no secret of its use of Fascist and Nazi imagery in its music and performances.
Swastikas, the Hitler salute, and other symbols are regular parts of Alisa’s live shows. Lyrics of the band’s songs, critics argue, are also loaded with thinly veiled references to Jews and anti-Semitic conspiracy theories.

Despite this, however, the band has acquired a following in Israel, particularly among Russian-speakers. A concert scheduled for May 14th has already sold out. Nor is this month’s show the band’s first appearance in Israel.
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