Cinematic Strings Of Jew Hatred – Musical BDS

UPDATE 10:00 20th Feb 2014: Renunciation of BDS by Cinematic Strings

UPDATE 14:50 19th Feb 2014: Cinematic Strings have backed down.

What happens when a talented Israeli musician (and Rabbi) tries to buy the following enticing music software from an Australian company:

Cinematic Strings 2 is a completely redesigned and updated version of the original orchestral strings sample library. Whilst retaining the warm luscious tones produced in the world class Verbrugghen Hall of the Sydney Conservatorium, the new version features a sleek new interface and even smoother legato.

And more to the point, what happens when he asked for the educational discount the company advertises on it’s website:

Supporting Students and Institutions Worldwide

We believe that the latest technology should be readily available to the education sector to facilitate learning and to keep training up-to-date and relevant to industry requirements. For this reason we offer a range of individual educational discounts to both teachers and students; we also have tailored packages available for universities and colleges that seek to incorporate a professional-level string library into their program.

Well, according to this blog post, he is turned down for the crime of being an Israeli and for his part (however small it may be) in the continued existence of Israel and the continued presence of Jews in Israel:

“Hi Yossela,

I am very, very sorry but I will not be able to provide you with a student discount. We support the BDS movement worldwide and the cultural boycott against Israel until Israel ceases its illegal settlement activities in the West Bank and ceases its discrimination against the Palestinian people. Please see this website for further information

Please understand that this is not in any way directed at you personally and we have heard from many Israeli students who have been very sympathetic towards the Palestinian people. However we are fairly powerless here in Australia to act on behalf of the victims of oppression and so the BDS is the only way we can have a voice.

We wish you all the best in your future musical endeavours.

Kindest regards,

Alex and the CS team.”

You can read the whole post but be aware that here at Israellycool we’re not big fans of the Boycott Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDSM) and when it’s an Australian company doing it, well, we take an extra interest. Remember, it’s quite possible that when Shurat Ha’Din’s latest legal action is completed in Australia, this email may constitute an actual crime.

Israellycool will be contacting Alex Wallbank and the CS team with some more questions about who they would and wouldn’t give a discount to:

  • An Israeli Jew living in Tel Aviv
  • An Israeli Arab (Muslim) living in Tel Aviv
  • An Israeli Arab (Christian) living in Tel Aviv
  • An Israeli Jew living in Gush Etzion
  • A Palestinian Arab (Muslim) living in Ramallah
  • A Palestinian Arab (Christian) living in Ramallah

I think it is important that we pin down the exact nature of their boycott and who it is directed against, don’t you.

It’s pretty clear these days that the BDSM has lost all possibility of credibility. It is denounced left and right: even the current Australian government in the form of the foreign minister, Julie Bishop, understands that targeting Israeli citizens for the actions of the Israeli government (even if you disagree politically with them) is just out and out Jew hatred.

In the meantime if you’re aware of  competing products to Cinematic Strings 2 are, please let us know in the comments so we can suggest alternative software that isn’t produced by Jew haters.


The following gem of a comment appears on their Facebook page from the company itself. I love the use of the “some of my best friends are Jews” defence. [Update: Facebook reply has been removed. Link to screenshot here]

CinematicStrings: We’ll take our chances, thank you. Please understand that we do not have any ill feelings towards Israeli or Jewish people; I personally have several Jewish friends, and we have Jewish customers all over the world.

We simply stand with the vast majority of the world in opposing the Israeli government’s breaking of international laws. In the event that your country is subjected to decades of illegal occupation and settlement, and apartheid laws are enacted against you, we will be on your side. Until then, we’ll continue supporting a non-violent humanitarian effort to end Israel’s constant violation of international laws. For more information, please see this website that explains very clearly why a BDS is necessary:

Anne Lieberman - Photos of Cinematic Strings

Cinematic Strings Web Site screen snap perspective

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  • Joe in Australia

    I think Yossela would have a good case if he could get an Australian lawyer to take it pro bono.

    Australia’s Racial Discrimination Act (1975) S. 13 says:
    It is unlawful for a person who supplies goods or services to the public or to
    any section of the public [...] to refuse or fail on demand to supply those goods or services to another person except on less favourable terms or conditions than those upon or subject to which he or she would otherwise supply those goods or services [...] by reason of the race, colour or national or ethnic origin of that other
    person or of any relative or associate of that other person.


    • Brian of London

      This is the basis of the ongoing Shurat Ha’din case in Australia and they have been alerted to this case and will be looking at it too.

      • Jill

        Unfortunately the judge thinks their case is too complex. We’ll see what happens.

        • Brian of London

          That’s a normal part of the procedure and not really as newsworthy as some in the Australian media thought. It doesn’t mean the case is weak, just that they may cut some of the extras out of it.

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  • Jill

    “In the event that your country is subjected to decades of illegal occupation and settlement, and apartheid laws are enacted against you, we will be on your side. ”

    I just love this – that’s EXACTLY what happened to Israel – Muslims invaded centuries ago and subjected Jews to massacre, theft, injury, colonisation, inflicted them with the requirement to pay Muslims jizya and kept Jews separate from Muslims.
    So can Yossale have the program now,Alex, you ignorant bozo?

    • shyisc

      And he should get it for free, with a lifetime of free support and and upgrades, just for them being total asses to him and his entire people. That might suffice as a personal apology, although what they should do to address the great insult towards our nation, I’m not sure.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      Have them justify why Jordan and Saudi Arabia should remain Judenrein.

      • Shawn Peters

        Or why a Jordanian and Saudi Arabian would be allowed to buy their product, considering how often their governments violate international law..

  • Makronaut

    If one is serious about this kind of music production, “Vienna Symphonic Library” is the choice.

  • Hard Little Machine

    Every employee of that company should be banned from Israel for life.

  • unpluggged

    Just sue the bastards. And use a pirated version of the software. They deserve no mercy.

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  • Adam

    As Makronaut points out, the Vienna Symphonic Library is excellent – I use it myself. It is indeed much more established than this Australian company – I have never heard of “Cinematic Strings” and I work in the industry.
    Incidentally, East West Symphonic libraries are also excellent, and you can check out Symphobia – all are more established and industry standard than this anti-Semitic company.

  • E ben Abuya

    I was totally unsurprised by this:
    “Please understand that we do not have any ill feelings towards Israeli
    or Jewish people; I personally have several Jewish friends, and we have
    Jewish customers all over the world.”
    Some of my best friends are antisemites

  • meatu213

    racist pigs

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  • Shawn Peters

    Why does nothing come up when I search for Cinematic Strings on facebook?

    • Brian of London

      They either deleted or hid their Facebook page when the negative comments became overwhelming.

  • jhertzli

    We obviously need open-source software.

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