By Paul Miller, Originally published in the New York Observer
Before a crowd of nearly 50,000 fans at HaYarkon Park in Tel-Aviv Saturday night, legendary rock star Carlos Santana took his message of love and peace to Israel, offering up a performance worthy of a Hall of Fame guitar virtuoso. As Santana and his multi-talented band were jamming with the Jews, I was chowing down on crow, knowing that I owed Mr. Santana an apology.
I should have known better. Having investigated and written about anti-Israel propaganda and the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement for nearly a decade, I know that facts and truth have no part in their narrative. For many years, the BDS movement lied about a legitimate scheduling conflict to falsely depict Santana as an example of music stars endorsing the BDS movement and refusing to perform in Israel. Begun after the Latin musician cancelled a 2010 show in Israel, the BDS propagandists spun the truth so effectively that their lie became a commonly accepted fact.
And I fell for it.