Roger Waters: There Is US Media Conspiracy to Silence My Anti-Israel Views

Posted on August 15, 2017 in BDS Propaganda |

Roger Waters isn’t given the opportunity to discuss his anti-Israel activism in the US media or on late-night talk shows because of a conspiracy to silence him. This claim comes from an interview that the former Pink Floyd bassist gave to the Russian outlet RT, as reported by the Independent.

 

Read the full article here!

Do You Think the Cultural BDS Movement Is Failing? Think Again

Posted on August 9, 2017 in Melman in the Media |

This article was originally published on the Algemeiner

Do you think that the cultural boycott campaign against Israel is a colossal failure?

Think again.

Scotland’s Sunday Herald recently published an open letter signed by artists, media workers and academics that called for a boycott against Israeli artists at Edinburgh’s “Fringe Festival,” the largest performing arts festival in the world.

This is the third such letter by artists in twice as many weeks.

Previously, more than 50 artists called for Radiohead to cancel its concert in Israel, and dozens of high-profile members of the theater community asked Lincoln Center to scrap the performance of an anti-war Israeli play.

While the cancellations of scheduled concerts in Israel due to boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) pressure peak and valley, pressure on international venues to rescind invitations to Israeli artists by other artists is growing.

Regardless of whether a boycott campaign results in a cancellation, Israel’s reputation is damaged by the mere efforts alone — which slander Israel in the international media and other forums.

The disturbing drumbeat of international artists urging the boycott of Israeli artists should concern us all.

Roger Waters earns raspberries from pro-Israel group

Posted on August 9, 2017 in Artists on Boycotts, Melman Research |

The Jewish Community Relations Council of Greater Washington produced a video criticizing music artist Roger Waters’ support of the BDS movement against Israel.

The video was released Friday, ahead of Waters’ scheduled concerts over the weekend at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C. Activists in other cities also are targeting his upcoming shows, including in Nashville and Philadelphia, the Washington Post reported.

International Shalom Festival vs BDS – 2017

Posted on August 9, 2017 in Artists on Boycotts |

BY THE RESERVIST ON DUTY: 

The days of Israelis remaining silent are over
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In the summer of 2014 a group of Israeli actors flew to perform in the Edinburgh festival.
BDS activists caused a storm outside of the hall where the actors performed and the festival management gave in and cancelled all of their 29 performances.

This week, the actors accompanied by Reservists on Duty volunteers, are returning to Edinburgh to perform in the festival, and to protest against the BDS.

We will be there, but we need YOU.
Share this video and tag friends, family and people you know from the UK. 
Call them to come to the festival and support us.

Who is Lana Melman and what is Liberate Art?

Posted on July 17, 2017 in Melman in the Media, Podcasts & Videos |

In this short brief, Lana Melman talks about her career and why she started Liberate Art, an organization that fight the cultural BDS against Israel.

Miami Beach teens will no longer perform with Roger Waters due to anti-Israel controversy

Posted on July 17, 2017 in Melman Research |

Artists boycotting other artists is a form of professional suicide

Posted on July 10, 2017 in Melman in the Media |

Theater artists boycotting theater at the Lincoln Center

An open letter published by the anti-Israel group Adalah-NY and signed by over sixty artists has asked the Lincoln Center to cancel scheduled performances of David Grossman’s play To the End of the Land.

The signatories include, among others, the Pulitzer Prize–winning playwrights Tracy Letts, Lynn Nottage, and Annie Baker; the acclaimed director Sam Gold; actress Greta Gerwig; musician, Roger Waters; and the playwright-actor Wallace Shawn and his My Dinner with Andre costar Andre Gregory.

Their call for a boycott is not based on the content of the play which has an anti-war message. Instead, they are calling for a cancellation because they do not agree with the policies of the Israeli government.

The Lincoln Center has wisely and firmly denied the request to cancel.
This growing support among artists for a cultural boycott of Israel creates a clear and present danger to the creative community itself.

Cultural boycotts beget cultural boycotts.

Artists who support cultural boycotts may soon be targeted themselves. Witness a new petition to boycott musician, Roger Waters, the self-anointed leader of the boycott pack which at the time of this writing has over 4600 signatures.

In addition, The Israel Group has initiated a campaign to boycott the signatories to the Lincoln Center as well as other Israel boycott supporters such as Emma Thompson and Stephen Hawking.

The artist community has long recognized the importance of the US funded National Endowment of the Arts (NEA).

Just a few months ago, when there was concern that support for the NEA might be eliminated in the new federal budget, members of the community voiced their opposition in national publications across the country. They championed fiscal support for the arts as essential to cultural exchange and a lynchpin of democracy. They linked government sponsorship to the future of freedom of artistic expression.

At no time did anyone in the artist community lobby for a defunding of the program because they disagreed with the policies of the present US administration.

If lack of government funding for the arts erodes freedom of artistic expression and cultural exchange; surely, cultural boycotts do far more so.

That which is most treasured by the artist community – freedom of expression and cultural exchange – is being undermined by the community itself.

Boycotting artists from one country because the rest of the world doesn’t like the policies of its leadership sets a precedent that can easily be applied to others.

To the signatories of the Lincoln Center letter, I say be careful what you wish for.

Another wave of cancellations

Posted on July 5, 2017 in Melman Research |

Another wave of cancellations.

This time at a fine art exhibition in northern Israel. Less than a month ago Tel Aviv’s LGBTQ film festival saw 4 cancellations due to boycott pressure. Arab boycotts of the Wonder Woman movie (because of its star, Gal Gadot, is Israeli) continue to percolate.

BDS’s most recent target is the Mediterranean Biennale, an art event is to create a platform for dialogue and coexistence through art. The artists who asked to have their works removed are of Algerian, Moroccan and Lebanese descent, though they currently reside in France and England.
Another artist participating in this biennial art exhibit promoting peace puts a fine point on it, open “I get it: If these artists show in Israel, and their friends find out, they’ll ask questions.”

 

READ THE FULL ARTICLE FROM THE TIMES OF ISRAEL HERE!

Who is winning in the cultural BDS against Israel?

Posted on June 28, 2017 in Melman in the Media, Podcasts & Videos |

Lana Melman talks about cultural BDS and the artists who do perform in Israel.

What happens on US campuses when BDS is around?

Posted on June 28, 2017 in Melman in the Media, Podcasts & Videos |

Lana Melman talks about BDS and their activities on social campuses and more.

 

Lana Melman On Atlanta Radio about LGBT, Apartheid and more

Posted on June 28, 2017 in Melman in the Media, Podcasts & Videos |

In this interview, Lana Melman talks about  LGBT, Apartheid and the CNN syndrome.

 

Lana Melman talks at Atlanta’s Radio Station about BDS and more

Posted on June 28, 2017 in Melman in the Media, Podcasts & Videos |

Lana Melman, CEO of LiberateArt Inc is talking about the BDS movement against Israel, apartheid, the LGTB community, college campuses and more.

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Wonder Woman Attacked by BDS

Posted on June 9, 2017 in Newsletter |
Friends,
Pow! K-tam Bam!

The boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign is pressing the Lebanese government to ban the new Wonder Woman movie.

Why? Because the heroine is played by Israeli superstar, Gal Gadot.

Other classic villains seeking to destroy Wonder Woman include Doctor Poison, Doctor Psycho and Giganta.

BDS fits right in with this crew.

Will this latest BDS campaign hurt Wonder Woman’s box office receipts? No. People all over the world will line up to see Gal Gadot, who is receiving much praise for her performance.

But stay tuned good people of Earth.

READ THE FULL NEWSLETTER HERE!

After the bomb goes off – “Comedy for Koby” heals hearts

Posted on June 9, 2017 in Melman Research |

Friends, 

I remember how I felt when I first saw Paradise Now the 2006 Academy Award nominated film about two Palestinian men solicited for a terrorist attack on Tel Aviv.

At the end of the movie, one of the two men enters a bus teeming with Israeli life – soldiers, the elderly, children on their way to school – and takes a seat. The camera holds on the man’s face as his unseen fingers reach for a cord that takes the lives of the innocent.

But there is no explosion. No cries from the victims. No desperate shouts from the rescuers. The camera simply cuts to a white screen and silence. For the filmmaker and the audience, the story is over.

It’s not over, I thought. The story doesn’t end when the cord is pulled. It’s not a bus that gets blown apart, but lives.

How do the survivors cope? How do they pick up the pieces of their lives and move forward?  What about terror’s other victims – the people left behind? 

 

READ THE FULL NEWSLETTER HERE!

Full interview with comic, Avi Liberman

Lana Melman, CEO of Liberate Art Inc talked with Avi Liberman about comedy and its healing power, the cultural BDS against Israel and what it means to be Jewish as an entertainer.

 

Wonder Woman attacked by newest threat to the free world – BDS

Pow! K-tam Bam!

The boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign is  pressuring the Lebanon government to ban the new Wonder Woman movie to be released this June 2.

Why? Because the heroine is played by Israeli superstar, Gal Gadot.

Other classic villains seeking to destroy Wonder Woman, a founding member of the Justice League and warrior princess of the Amazonian people, include Doctor Poison, Doctor Psycho and Giganta.

BDS fits right in with this crew.

All this on the heels of the recent announcement that four overseas filmmakers have cancelled their attendance at the Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival due to boycott pressure. The festival is scheduled to open on Thursday and run through June 10.

Will this latest BDS campaign hurt Wonder Woman’s box office receipts? No. People all over the world will line up to see Gal Gadot, who is receiving much praise for her performance.

The cultural boycott campaign, however, seeks to do battle on two different fronts. The first front is the Israeli psyche. Their effort is designed to weaken the Israeli people by making them feel isolated and shunned.

The second front is the hearts and minds of the rest of the world. By cashing in on the publicity generated by cultural events such as this sure to be blockbuster film, BDS can spread their toxic propaganda and attempt to poison millions across the planet.

A classic plot in comic books. Not surprising coming from BDS proponents who’s false claim of human rights advocacy is a big joke.

Fortunately, Wonder Woman, the avatar of truth, justice and the Amazonian way will sleigh evil in this battle both on and off screen.

But stay tuned good people of the earth. This war is not over.

Shazam!

Artists Corner: Comic Avi Liberman helps heal lives with Comedy for Koby

Posted on May 31, 2017 in Artists on Art & Israel, Podcasts & Videos |

In this segment of a full length interview, Lana Melman – CEO of Liberate Art Inc – talks with comic Avi Liberman who helps heal lives with Comedy for Koby

 

Comic Avi Liberman on BDS

Posted on May 31, 2017 in Artists on Art & Israel, Podcasts & Videos |

In this segment of a full length interview, Lana Melman – CEO of Liberate Art Inc – talks with comic Avi Liberman about the BDS movement against Israel.

Comic Avi Liberman: Creating Emissaries / Being Jewish

In this segment of a full length interview, Lana Melman – CEO of Liberate Art Inc – talks with comic Avi Liberman about how artists become emissaries of Israel and what it means to be a Jewish comic.

 

After the bomb goes off

Posted on May 23, 2017 in Artists on Boycotts, Melman in the Media |

“Comedy for Koby” heals lives

I remember how I felt when I first saw Paradise Now the 2006 Academy Award nominated film about two Palestinian men solicited for a terrorist attack on Tel Aviv.

At the end of the movie, one of the two men enters a bus teeming with Israeli life — soldiers, the elderly, children on their way to school — and takes a seat. The camera holds on the man’s face as his unseen fingers reach for a cord that takes the lives of the innocent.

But there is no explosion. No cries from the victims. No desperate shouts from the rescuers. The camera simply cuts to a white screen and silence. For the filmmaker and the audience, the story is over.

It’s not over, I thought. The story doesn’t end when the cord is pulled. It doesn’t end with the mangled bodies, the search for the missing, the identification of the victims, the burying of the dead.

It’s not a bus that gets blown apart, but lives. The attack deprives children of their parents and robs parents of a piece of their future. It lingers in the fear and loss that ripples through families and neighbors and a country.

Since September 13, 2015, 49 people have been killed and 731 people (including 4 Palestinians) injured in terrorist attacks in Israel, a country with a population smaller than the surrounding suburbs of Paris.

How do the survivors cope? How do they pick up the pieces of their lives and move forward?

What about terror’s other victims – the people left behind?

Watch comic, Avi Liberman talk about “Comedy for Koby” healing hearts of the survivors in Liberate Art’s exclusive video interview.

After terrorists brutally murdered their 13-year-old son, Koby Mandell and his friend, Yosef Ishran, while they were hiking in the hills by their home in 2001, the Mandell family knew immediately that the tragedy of Koby’s loss could easily destroy them.

To go on, Koby’s father, Seth, a rabbi, and his mother, Sherri, an author and journalist, needed to transform the cruelty of Koby’s death into acts of kindness and hope. For that reason, they created the Koby Mandell Foundation which provides healing programs for families struck by terrorism and tragedy.

It’s big task to lift a spirit, and the Mandells don’t do it alone. They have the support of Los Angeles-based comic and writer, Avi Liberman, who helps them raise funds for their life-affirming work.

Liberman was first inspired to lift hearts with comedy during a visit to the Jewish homeland in the midst of the Second Intifada in 2002. Born in Israel and raised in Texas, Liberman is now firmly anchored in Tinseltown. So, he did what many of us do, he reached out to his friends and asked them to help.

Today, Liberman, together with Nancy Spielberg and DJW productions, brings top name comics to Israel twice a year in his “Comedy for Koby” tours with all profits going to the Mandell Foundation.

Once there, the comics see more than the inside of a comedy club, they see the country and meet its people. When they return home, they are emissaries for the Jewish state, sharing their experiences with the world.

The Comedy for Koby tour returns to Israel May 25 – 29 with comic superstars, Brian Regan and Joe Bolster.

Buy a ticket, tell your friends.

Help Hollywood help Israel. Help heal the hearts of the people terror left behind.

Watch video: Liberman opines on BDS in Liberate Art’s Artist corner. Calls it outright Antisemitism.

 

What’s it like for artists, like Alicia Keys, who are targeted by boycott pressure?

Posted on May 16, 2017 in Melman in the Media, Podcasts & Videos |

Lana Melman talks at the Tamar Yonah Radio Show about BDS and the cultural boycott against Israel.

Don’t Ignore the Cultural Boycott of Israel

Posted on May 15, 2017 in Melman in the Media |

This article was originally published on the Algemeiner

Nearly 50 artists, including Roger Waters, Thurston Moore, Julie Christie and Mike Leigh, recently signed an open letter to the English rock band Radiohead, urging them to cancel their upcoming concert in Israel — and to support the cultural boycott against the Jewish state.

In addition to the anti-Israel “regulars,” some new artists joined the signatories this time, including the hip-hop group Young Fathers.

The open letter was widely reported on in both music and mainstream publications, including Pitchforkthe Washington Times, Vulture and Yahoo News. 

These reports, with rare exception, quoted heavily from the letter’s false accusations about Israeli apartheid and human rights violations, without any semblance of a counter-argument to these charges.

 

In reality, Israel is an open, liberal democracy that guarantees equal rights to all of its citizens. Hundreds of artists who visit or perform there every year speak glowingly about the Jewish state, despite the harassment they receive from the likes of Roger Waters and mostly ill-intended grassroots groups.

In its article, Pitchfork, a popular music magazine that bills itself as “the most trusted name in music,” created the illusion of a wave of support for a cultural boycott of Israel by musicians and artists.

The story conveniently neglected to mention even a handful of the high-profile artists who have rejected the call to boycott Israel — including Madonna, Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake, Bon Jovi, Claire Danes, Helen Mirren, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Pitbull, Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Ricky Martin, Joss Stone, Carlos Santana, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Quentin Tarantino, Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, Seal, Kevin Costner, Cyndi Lauper, Yanni, DJ Tiesto, Moby, Elton John and Bob Dylan — to name but a few.

The Pitchfork article also failed to balance the negative comments made by the letter’s signatories with even a smattering of positive descriptions, such as one by Madonna, calling Israel “the spiritual center of the world,” or by Jay Leno, who describes Israel as “this one little paradise in the Middle East where freedom reigns.” Pitchfork also failed to mention Paul McCartney, who kept his concert date in Israel despite threats against him.

Just two days after the circulation of the open letter, the chief pop–music critic at the New York Times interviewed Roger Waters, as part of the TimesTalks series of conversations with 21st-century “talents and thinkers.”

In the question-and-answer session, Waters admitted that the open letter fell on deaf ears, and that Radiohead remained committed to performing in Israel in July.

But those same publications that breathlessly reported about the boycott letter were inexcusably quiet about this new announcement. 

When news outlets publicize calls for the cultural boycott of Israel and fail to provide balance, they are not sharing a news story; instead, they are helping to spread misinformation, lies and propaganda.

The cultural boycott is a freedom of artistic issue not a political Israel issue

Posted on May 12, 2017 in Melman in the Media, Podcasts & Videos |

Lana Melman talks at the Tamar Yonah Radio Show about BDS and the cultural boycott against Israel.

New Artists Join BDS / Roger Waters concedes defeat w Radiohead

Posted on May 8, 2017 in Newsletter |

Last week close to 50 artists, including Roger Waters, Julie Christie, Mike Leigh,and Tunde Adebimpe, the lead singer of TV on the Radio, signed an open letter to English rock band, Radiohead, urging them to cancel their upcoming concert in Israel in support of the cultural boycott.

In addition to the anti-Israel “regulars,” some new artists joined the signatories including the hip-hop group, Young Fathers.

The open letter was widely reported on in both music and mainstream publications including Pitchfork, The Washington Times, Vulture and Yahoo News.

These reports, with rare exception, quoted heavily from the letter’s false accusations of Israeli apartheid and human rights violations without any semblance of a counter argument to its charges.   

Several members of the entertainment community wrote letters to the editors, including Liberate Art and music lawyer, Ari Ingel [Read], of  De Novo Music Group. 

 

READ THE FULL NEWSLETTER HERE!

Lana Melman on Roger Waters and his BDS support

Posted on May 8, 2017 in Melman Research |

Lana Melman, CEO of LiberateArt Inc. talks on the Barry Farber Radio Show about Roger Waters and his dangerous BDS support.

Letter to the Editors of Pitchfork Music Magazine

Posted on May 2, 2017 in Other Commentary and Analysis |

Letter to the Editors of Pitchfork Music Magazine
Mark Richardson, Executive Editor
Ryan Dombal, Senior Editor

Dear Ryan and Mark, 

I have worked in the music industry as an attorney and manager for the past 15 years, and as a fan and regular reader of Pitchfork, I was very disappointed to see your coverage of the Roger Waters and BDS movement led boycott of Israel being faced by Radiohead in your April 24th article written by Matthew Strauss. 

The Israeli/Palestinian conflict is a complex issue with a long, complicated, history that has gone through many ups and downs, with wrongs committed by both sides. It is a far too complex an issue to cover in a mere 296 word article on your site or in this email to you. By publishing your article with a byline that read  “Please do what artists did in South Africa’s era of oppression: stay away, until apartheid is over,” you in essence supported the boycott of Israel, and gave credence to the BDS movement, by providing your readership with a drastically one-sided view of events. A splash headline that undoubtedly left a negative impression of Israel on your readers. 

As someone who was born in Apartheid South Africa and later fled the country in the early 1980’s due to the government’s atrocious policies, I understand what it means to live under Apartheid.  What is happening in the Israel and in the West Bank and Gaza is not Apartheid, far from it. Groups such as the BDS movement use the “Apartheid” label since it immediately conjures images of a racist regime that the world condemned and can quickly rationalize in their mind.  These groups use the term because they know it plays into the hands of anti-Semitic and anti-Israel propaganda. It’s a calculated marketing ploy, not a factual reality. 

In South Africa, a black woman would be arrested for merely having a man in her bedroom in a white neighborhood after dark. In South Africa, blacks were not allowed to be taught in English.  In South Africa, blacks held no power in parliament and could not sit on the highest courts as judges. In Israel, it is the exact opposite. Arabs living in Israel can move freely around the country, sleeping wherever and with whomever they like, even after dark.  Arabs in Israel and the territories are allowed to be taught in any language they choose and both have access to well regard intuitions of higher learning.  In Israel, Arabs are not only members of Parliament, but also sit on the nations Supreme Court. The list goes on and on. 

I urge you to also recall that Hamas, a designated terrorist and Islamic Fundamentalist group by America, controls the Gaza Strip after staging a bloody coup against the Palestinian Authority in 2007. This is after Israel pulled out all its settlements and the settlers from Gaza and handed the territory over to the Palestinians with plans of an airport and giant new seaport. Instead of creating a bastion of peace and prosperity for the Palestinian people in this “occupied” territory, Hamas waged war against its own people, took over and began launching rockets into Israel. This in turn caused Israel and Egypt, an Islamic and Arab country itself, to both carefully control the border crossing to the territory. Egypt does not need Israel’s permission to allow goods, services and people to freely cross back and forth at its border crossing with Gaza, but it limits access precisely because Gaza is controlled by a terrorist group that uses the territory to destabilize the region. 

I am not sending you this to argue that Israel has committed no crimes against the Palestinians, but the Palestinians have committed the same against the Jews and Israelis. Such is the nature of a complicated conflict, particularly one that has been raging for more than 100 years. The Palestinians have been offered a full-fledged state on at least three separate occasions (in 1947 by the United Nations, in 2000 by PM Barak and President Bill Clinton and then in 2008 by PM Olmert) and the Palestinians turned it down every time.  As Bill Clinton stated in his biography:  “Arafat’s rejection of my proposal after Barak accepted it was an error of historic proportions.” You can read all about those 2000 peace talks in Bill Clinton’s own words at the link below, and I urge you and your readers to do so:

Bill Clinton Administration: Reflections on the 2000 Camp David Summit

Once again, as it pertains to your article, you have presented your readers with a biased and one-sided view of a complex issue that will cause further hatred of Israel instead of better understanding of the situation. For instance, just last week the new leader of Hamas in Gaza lashed out at the Palestinian Authority for cutting salaries to workers and cutting energy supply to the Gaza Strip to exert pressure on Hamas, while at the same time stating that they are not seeking a war with Israel.  As I said, complicated. 

Pitchfork knows as well as anyone, music has the power to heal and to bring people to together. Everyone should champion a group such as Radiohead visiting Israel to help heal through music, playing for Arabs and Jews alike.  Because despite what the BDS movement wants you to believe, there will be people of all faiths and nationalities at the show.  In fact, on their current US tour, Radiohead has one Jewish and one Arab group opening for them. Instead of condemning a live show by a band like Radiohead and trying to silence music, you should be promoting the exact opposite. 

Best Regards, 

Ari Ingel 
De Novo Music Group

Help me count Roger Waters’ lies!

Posted on May 1, 2017 in Melman Research |

Contrary to Roger Waters‘ claim at the NYT TimesTalk, the boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign did not originate as a Palestinian civil movement; the campaign and its rhetoric are tailored to resonate with the West.

Ilan Pappe makes it clear that a critical component of the BDS movement is to keep this myth/lie alive. And for anyone not aware, Ilan Pappe is a rabid anti-Israel propagandist. The fact that this came out of his mouth is extremely telling. 

ROGER WATERS featured on TimesTalks, NYC, 2017

Posted on April 28, 2017 in Artists on Boycotts |

Open Letter To Pitchfork Music Magazine Regarding Radiohead

Posted on April 25, 2017 in Melman in the Media, Melman Research |

Originally published on Israellycool 25/04/2017

Dear Pitchfork Music Magazine Editor,

Your report on an open letter from artists Roger Waters, Thurston Moore and others urging Radiohead to cancel their July performance in Tel Aviv is not so much sharing a news story as it is helping to spread misinformation and propaganda.

The article repeats slanderous accusations against Israel and creates the false illusion of a wave of support for a cultural boycott by artists. Subtitled, “Please do what artists did in South Africa’s era of oppression: stay away, until apartheid is over,” the article quotes extensively from the open letter but fails to provide balance or any semblance of a counter argument to its charges.

In fact, Israel is an open, liberal democracy that guarantees equal rights to all its citizens.  Hundreds of artists who visit or perform there every year speak glowingly about the Jewish state, despite the harassment they receive by the likes of Roger Waters and, mostly ill-intended, grassroots groups.

Pitchfork conveniently neglects to mention even a handful of the high-profile artists who have rejected the call to boycott including Madonna, Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake, Bon Jovi, Claire Danes, Helen Mirren, Rihanna, Alicia Keys, Pitbull, Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney, Neil Young,  Ricky Martin, Joss Stone, Carlos Santana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Quentin Tarantino, Paul McCartney, The Rolling Stones, Seal, Kevin Costner, Cyndi Lauper, Yanni, DJ Tiesto, Moby, Elton John and Bob Dylan to name a few.

It also fails to balance the negative comments by musician Thurston Moore with even a smattering of positive descriptions such as one by Madonna who calls Israel “the spiritual center of the world” and Jay Leno who describes Israel as “this one little paradise in the Middle East where freedom reigns.” Not to mention Paul McCartney who kept his concert date in Israel despite threats.

Pitchfork, which bills itself “as the most trusted name in music” would do well to look before it leaps into bed with those who seek to silence artists in order to impose their political will on millions.

 

 

Bringing together the entertainment industry & Israel

Posted on April 24, 2017 in Melman Research, Newsletter |

We will never forget the past; we will fight to protect the future. 

During the Holocaust, man’s darkest hour, art reflected both grim reality and hope for tomorrow.              

                                             


Liberate Art would like to thank everyone who attended our exclusive NYC event for caring and working to make a difference. 

This meeting brought together key members of the entertainment industry and leaders of the pro-Israel community who were eager to learn new strategies to combat the cultural boycott campaign against Israel.

Here are some comments from attendees after the event.

“Great presentation! Informative, inspiring and thought-provoking. Your hands-on experience countering the cultural boycott offers a unique perspective and important new tools to win this battle. Thank you for sharing your knowledge.” – Andrew Genger, Red Light Management

“Liberate Art is an important movement fighting the cultural boycott against Israel and positively impacting artists and celebrities. And Lana Melman is the inspiring advocate championing the movement.” Alicia Post, American Zionist Movement

READ THE FULL NEWSLETTER HERE!

Some Snapshots from AIPAC 2017

Posted on April 21, 2017 in Melman Research |

I love AIPAC because I get to meet Israel supporters from both sides of the aisle.

 

Liberate Art tour in New York City

Posted on April 19, 2017 in Melman Research |

In today’s world, Israel is under fire from all directions. Liberate Art Inc. is raising awareness and providing tools to help people combat the newest and potentially most dangerous weapon against the Jewish state – the cultural boycott of Israel.

Here is a snapshot of my last event in NYC: COUNTERING THE CULTURAL BOYCOTT AGAINST ISRAEL by Lana Melman, CEO of Liberate Art Inc

Lana Melman on the Barry Faber Radio Show

Posted on April 14, 2017 in Melman in the Media, Podcasts & Videos |

Listen to the interview with Lana Melman on the Barry Faber Radio Show.

Celebrating Freedom!

Posted on April 8, 2017 in Newsletter |
Friends,
 
As we celebrate freedom from slavery, we are reminded of the importance of freedom of artistic expression.  
 

Liberate Art wishes you a happy and meaningful Passover.  Thank you for your support.

 

Rock the House for Israel

Posted on April 5, 2017 in Artists on Art & Israel, Melman Research |

Support the musical group, BETTY, on April 9 in NYC

As a leading expert countering the cultural boycott campaign against Israel, people often ask me —

  • “Why aren’t more artists outspoken supporters of Israel?” 
  • “How can we strengthen ties between Israel and progressive audiences?”

Well, meet rock band, BETTY,  outspoken supporters of Israel and critics of BDS, See their show at the City Winery this Sunday night.

“Artists should never be boycotted. Music and art help heal the world!” – Betty, exclusive quote for Liberate Art

 
When:  Sunday, April 9th
Where: City Winery: 155 Varick St.
 
Doors: 6:00 pm / Starts: 7:00 pm
Ends: 9:00 pm (Estimated End Time)
 

“I’d love to have some more pro-Israel/anti-BDS people join the ranks of  BETTY fans who are wonderfully progressive.””You will all love each other. See you soon!” – band member, Amy Ziff of  BETTY

Get ready for some great music! 

ONLY A FEW SEATS LEFT

 

Join Liberate Art and show your support for this outspoken, politically active rock band that stands up for women, LGBTQ rights and Israel.
 
Stand up for Israel. Stand up for freedom of artistic expression. 

Talking Back on Talk Radio – Tonight

Posted on March 30, 2017 in Newsletter |
 
Friends

The cultural boycott is the one aspect of the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign that even Israel’s most passionate advocates often know little about. And if they’re not aware, they can’t take action to fight it.

Liberate Art is taking to the air waves to get the word out and give people the tools to effectively counter the cultural boycott against Israel.

Rock the House for Israel – suppt musical grp BETTY on April 9 in NYC

Posted on March 8, 2017 in Newsletter |
 
Friends

As a leading expert countering the cultural boycott campaign against Israel, people often ask me —

  • “Why aren’t more artists outspoken supporters of Israel?” 
  • “How can we strengthen ties between Israel and progressive audiences?”

Well, meet rock band, BETTY,  outspoken supporters of Israel and critics of BDS, See their show at the City Winery this Sunday night.

“Artists should never be boycotted. Music and art help heal the world!” – Betty, exclusive quote for Liberate Art

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What does the Cultural Boycott against Israel have in common with Totalitarian Regimes?

Posted on February 22, 2017 in Melman in the Media, Podcasts & Videos |

Lana Melman, CEO of LiberateArt talks at the Mike Siegel Radio Show about What does the Cultural Boycott against Israel have in common with Totalitarian Regimes?

Why aren’t members of the entertainment industry doing more?

Posted on February 22, 2017 in Melman in the Media, Podcasts & Videos |

Lana Melman, CEO of Liberate Art Inc, talks at the Mike Siegel Radio Show about why members in Hollywood and elsewhere from the entertainment industry are doing more to stop the cultural boycott against Israel.

Who are the artists supporting Israel?

Posted on February 22, 2017 in Melman in the Media, Podcasts & Videos |

Lana Melman, CEO of Liberate Art Inc, talks about who are really the ones who stand with Israel at the Mike Siegel Radio Show.

Two Sides of the Cultural Boycott

Posted on February 22, 2017 in Melman in the Media, Podcasts & Videos |

Lana Melman, CEO of Liberate Art Inc, talks about the two sides of the cultural boycott at the Mike Siegel Radio Show.

Why Concert Prices in Israel Are So Much Higher Than Abroad

Posted on February 22, 2017 in Other Commentary and Analysis |
 
Originally published on the HAARETZ
 
Aggressive competition among promoters is bringing many big-name acts to Israel and creating a booming concert market, but the high cost of flying in the crews, security and expensive insurance policies keep ticket prices steep.
 
 
A few months ago, concert promoter Gad Oron flew to London to meet with Radiohead’s agent and manager, to try to convince the English rock band to play a concert in Israel. “They told me, ‘Israel? There’s no way right now.’ And now, not so long afterwards, another company has managed to get them here. Hats off to them,” says Oron, who has been bringing artists from abroad to Israel for more than 30 years.

In this particular battle, Oron was trumped by Naranjah, an upstart production company in the business since 2009 owned by promoter Eran Arieli, that before Radiohead had mostly imported much smaller musical acts. Radiohead’s concert will take place in July in Hayarkon Park.

The concert scene in Israel has lately become crowded and competitive. While the market used to be dominated by a few big producers who brought in a relatively small number of big acts from abroad, often earning complaints about the high prices being charged to see artists long past their prime, in the last few years the market has been changing and opening up. New production companies have been popping up, and besides increasing the number of concerts, they are bringing current top artists who are adding Israel to their official tour schedules.

The veteran concert promoters here include Shuki Weiss, who has brought the Pixies, Nick Cave, R.E.M., David Bowie, Morrissey and Madonna; Oron, who brought Jerry Seinfeld, Ricky Martin, Bob Dylan, Justin Bieber and Elton John; Udi Appelboim, who brought Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga and Tom Jones; the Tzemach family, who brought Enrique Iglesias, the Scorpions and Simon & Garfunkel; and the Zappa Group (over the past 15 years), which brought the Pet Shop Boys, Mark Ronson and Suede. Besides Naranjah, the new production companies include Bluestone (run by Guy Beser and Shay Mor Yosef), which is responsible for bringing artists like Rihanna, Guns N’ Roses and Aerosmith.

Bluestone recently joined up with businessman Guy Oseary, who has worked with Madonna and others, to found Ticketmaster Israel – the local section of the world’s largest digital ticket-selling platform. Meanwhile, American entertainment giant Live Nation acquired a controlling share of Bluestone’s subsidiary, Bluestone Entertainment.

Due to the large number of promoters relative to the small Israeli market, the competition among them has often turned fierce, and has allegedly involved underhanded tactics at times – such as attempts to scuttle deals, fabricated offers being sent to artists abroad with the aim of raising prices, or the spreading of rumors that a rival producer cannot be trusted to make the necessary payments.

“Young and bold new players have gradually been getting into the market, and making offers to artists. There’s a lot of competition, which means the audiences and artists benefit,” says Oron. Beser of Bluestone says, “It’s a highly competitive market, and sometimes you see blows below the belt.”

All the competition also means a lack of coordination among promoters. This summer, there will be three shows aimed at a similar audience – Nick Cave, the Pixies and Radiohead, which will all vie for ticket-buyers’ money and affections. The addition of shows by Aerosmith and Guns N’ Roses means this summer’s competition will be especially tough, with all the promoters hoping to sell enough tickets to recoup their high costs. While such concerns are natural, for now it appears they have little to fear. Some 30,000 tickets have already been sold for Radiohead, and second shows have been added for the Pixies and Nick Cave.

479 shekels in Israel, 239 shekels in Glasgow

Big competition usually works to the benefit of consumers and causes prices to drop. The promoters do think that prices have begun to go down here, but the costs of bringing acts to Israel are still higher than in Europe and America.

A price comparison we did of shows abroad by artists due to perform in Israel soon found a disparity of 5-50 percent in basic ticket prices. For example, a ticket to Radiohead’s show in Israel cost 429 shekels in the pre-sale (these 25,000 are already sold out) and the current ticket price is 479 shekels. Tickets to the band’s Miami show on March 30 start at the equivalent of 246 shekels. Tickets to their June show in Florence start at 275 shekels, and for the Glasgow show in July, 10 days before the Tel Aviv gig, just 239 shekels.

Tickets for the Guns N’ Roses show in Hayarkon Park start at 355 shekels for lawn seats (295 shekels for Leumicard holders), but if you catch the band in Munich, you’ll only pay 328 shekels. In Australia, you’d pay 230 shekels, and in St. Louis, just 226 shekels. Tickets for Aerosmith’s show in Hayarkon Park start at 295 shekels, but go for just 220 shekels in Moscow.

The disparity in ticket prices for Nick Cave was the smallest that we found. A ticket to his Tel Aviv show starts at 234 shekels, compared to 224 shekels for his Detroit show and 168 shekels for his Boston show.

Naranjah cites high production costs to explain the ticket prices for Radiohead, but says that “given the high costs of transporting equipment and personnel from Europe and back, and the very high standards of the show, this is on average a low price for a park show of this magnitude. At last, Israel is getting a concert by one of the most important bands in the history of music, a band that is at its artistic and commercial height. Everyone will have the same chance to be close to the stage, unlike what usually happens with shows of this scale.”

High-priced concession stands

The promoters say ticket prices are higher in Israel due to the uniquely high costs involved: flying all the crew and equipment to Israel, erecting the concert venue and the expensive insurance. Yoni Feingold of the Zappa Group points out that when an artist does a European tour, he travels from city to city with tour buses and trucks. “To bring them to Israel, you have to fly everyone here and put them up, and fly in all the equipment, and it jacks up the costs,” he says.

Oron agrees. “In Europe, Radiohead moves from one country to another every other day. After the show everyone gets on buses and travels to the next city, so they can do several shows in the space of a week. In Israel, it takes two days just to do the setup, and the show only happens on the third or fourth day. And then they have to go back – so it’s just one show for the week, and that costs money.”

“The costs of setting up a show are huge,” says Beser. “In Hayarkon Park there is no infrastructure, so before every show you have to build everything from scratch – fencing, stage, electric lines, the backstage area. It’s not like in Europe, where there are big outdoor concert venues that have all the production infrastructure in place, and all you need to build is the stage. Also, insurance costs in Israel are high because of terrorism and wars. For the Bon Jovi show, we paid nearly half a million shekels just for insurance.”

Oron also mentions the sound and lighting companies. “In Europe they make a deal with the artist to do three months of shows, and here they only get to work a few times a month, so their costs are higher.”

The fees demanded by artists can also raise costs. A top artist can ask for anywhere from $1 million to $2.5 million, and artists sometimes want their fee to be based a percentage of the producers’ profits. The increased competition among Israeli promoters has also led to a spike in artists’ fees.

On average, the cost of bringing a successful artist here can reach up to 10 million shekels. Bluestone says they invested 16 million shekels to bring Rihanna, and a similar amount for Bon Jovi.

To cover the costs, promoters need to sell at least 30,000-40,000 tickets. According to Beser, producing a show at Hayarkon Park is generally the most expensive. “Just to cover the costs of a show there, you have to sell 38,000-43,000 tickets,” he says.

There is disagreement over the number of potential ticket-buyers in the country. Oron estimates there are just 100,000-150,000. Beser, says, however: “We’re not in Europe, but I think there are at least 400,000 potential ticket-buyers. About 50,000 people come to a show in the park. If there were only 100,000 buyers, there’d only be two shows a year, but that’s not the case.”

One cannot help wondering if the cut the promoters take doesn’t play a part as well. “It’s true prices are relatively high here, but the promoters sweat blood over the whole production,” says Boaz Cohen of radio station 88FM. “They’re taking a huge risk each time they bring an artist here. A promoter could end up taking home 4 million shekels, or he could end up losing his home.”

Oron says the stories about artists’ bizarre demands are more legend than reality. “I’ve been in this business since the 1980s and back then artists’ demands were a big deal, because we didn’t have a lot of things here. I remember someone requested Remy Martin cognac and I had no idea where to find it. And the artists today are pretty modest, they don’t have all that craziness. Seinfeld requested a certain kind of mineral water that wasn’t sold in Israel. We found someone who was able to arrange it. But it’s not like Seinfeld would have got up and left if I would have brought him [local brand] Mei Eden.”
 

Performers are flooding Israel: A sign of the cultural boycott’s failure?

Posted on February 21, 2017 in Other Commentary and Analysis |

Originally published on HAARETZ by Itay Stern

 

It’s been years since music lovers in Israel have had the opportunity to enjoy so many performers from overseas. A partial list of artists scheduled to perform here this summer includes Radiohead, the Pixies, Justin Bieber, Aerosmith, Guns and Roses, Rod Stewart, Nick Cave, Tears for Fears, Grandaddy, Jose Gonzalez, Fatboy Slim, Jean-Michel Jarre, Paul Young, Vanessa Mae, Emir Kusturica and Ace of Base. The list could include other top performers who have had good runs in Israel in recent years, including the Rolling Stones, Madonna, Alice Cooper, Rihanna, Sia and Elton John.

It’s true that along with this glittering array there were also some resounding cancellations, one of the more memorable ones being that  of the Pixies’ concert in 2010 only a few days before their performance, shortly after Israel’s fatal takeover of the Gaza-bound ship Mavi Marmara. Since that cancellation they have performed in Israel again.

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The Power of One

Posted on February 8, 2017 in Newsletter |
Friends

One of the great rewards that comes with my work countering the cultural boycott campaign against Israel is getting to know artists and their representatives. Listening to their opinions; hearing their stories.

This story deserves to be shared. It’s set in 2002, in the midst of the second intifada, when artists were cancelling trips and concert dates in Israel. Many cancelled due to legitimate security concerns, while some bowed out due to political pressure.

Jazz musician Steven Hancoff, however, decided “to bring solace, support, and great music to people for whom terror has turned life into ongoing crisis and fear.”

This letter encapsulates one musician’s story and message. 

 

I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat. – Winston Churchill

Posted on January 16, 2017 in Newsletter |
Greetings!
 
In today’s world, Israel is under fire from all directions. The newest and potentially most dangerous weapon against the Jewish homeland is the CULTURAL BOYCOTT CAMPAIGN.
 
The cultural boycott seeks to intimidate artists who want to perform in Israel and uses the social media reach of artists to spread false and damaging messages about the Jewish homeland. Learn More
 
The  cultural boycott is more than an attack on Israel;  it’s an attack on freedom of artistic expression that affects everyone

How do you defeat the cultural boycott campaign against Israel?
Follow words of wisdom with deeds of passion

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Ziggy Marley Supports Israel – Jewish National Fund Event

Posted on January 9, 2017 in Melman in the Media, Podcasts & Videos |

I am very proud to have brought Ziggy Marley together with the Jewish National Fund (JNF) and to have made this video which went viral. 
©Liberate Art 2016

 

Fighting the Cultural Boycott against Israel

Posted on January 8, 2017 in Newsletter |
Greetings!
 
In today’s world, Israel is under fire from all directions. The newest and potentially most dangerous weapon against the Jewish homeland is the CULTURAL BOYCOTT CAMPAIGN.
 
The cultural boycott seeks to intimidate artists who want to perform in Israel and uses the social media reach of artists to spread false and damaging messages about the Jewish homeland. 
 
The  cultural boycott is more than an attack on Israel;  it’s an attack on freedom of artistic expression that affects everyoneLearn More
 
Liberate Art’s CEO, Lana Melman, has spoken with over one-thousand artists and/or their representatives,  and has been  instrumental in preventing numerous cancellations  of scheduled concerts and tours in Israel.

Liberate Art’s 2016 Accomplishments
Op-eds / Talk Radio / Videos & Podcasts / Community Outreach /  Entertainment Industry Support / Public Speaking Engagements / International Relationship Building / Supporting Israeli Artists / Hollywood liaison 

Liberate Art needs your support to continue and expand our work
Contributions are 100% tax deductible

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Better definition for BDS is Boycott, Discriminate and Segregate

Posted on January 5, 2017 in Melman in the Media, Melman Research |

Originally published at the Los Angles Times on 12-27-16

To the editor: Saltzberg offers a much-needed offensive strategy to defeat the immoral BDS campaign against Israel on college campuses.

I suggest we build on that strategy. The BDS campaign is itself a human rights violator that seeks to silence the voices of all who dare to disagree with its political agenda. It singles out the Jewish state for discrimination, something that would not be tolerated against any other ethnic minority. 

It’s time not just to render the acronym meaningless but also to redefine it. A more accurate definition of the acronym BDS is boycott, discriminate and segregate. 

Israel’s detractors don’t own the alphabet. Let’s seize the day.

Lana Melman, Los Angeles

WHY TEL AVIV IS HOLLYWOOD’S NEW BILLION-DOLLAR SIN CITY

Posted on January 5, 2017 in Other Commentary and Analysis |

Originally published in the Hollywood Reporter on 25-12-16 by Merle Ginsberg

Madonna has a $20M pad there, Barbra Streisand has taken 100 rooms and Gerard Butler has been bailed out by pals in the new trendy getaway that has been called the “sexiest city in the world.”

It may be smack-dab in the middle of the Holy Land, but over the last decade Tel Aviv has unveiled itself as a kind of glamorous new Sin City. The tantalizing beaches, cafes and nightlife, along with its unique mix of the Middle East with a Mediterranean party atmosphere, ensure the lifestyle-loving capital continues to buzz with energy. It couldn’t be more contrary with the image of many of the uninitiated: “People think we’re still riding on camels!” one local told THR. “They also think we’re always at war — and it’s not safe here.” Yet upon arrival, one finds a bustling urban respite with all the things sophisticated seekers are hoping to find, and more.

 

Where is support for the cultural boycott coming from?

Posted on January 5, 2017 in Melman in the Media, Podcasts & Videos |