Archive for the ‘Artists on Boycotts’ Category

Roger Waters earns raspberries from pro-Israel group

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art 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 […]

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International Shalom Festival vs BDS – 2017

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art on August 9, 2017 in Artists on Boycotts |

BY THE RESERVIST ON DUTY:  The days of Israelis remaining silent are over ** 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 […]

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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.  

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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.  

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After the bomb goes off

“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 […]

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ROGER WATERS featured on TimesTalks, NYC, 2017

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art on April 28, 2017 in Artists on Boycotts |
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Graffiti Artist Gonzo247 Stands up for Freedom of Expression

Liberate Art interview on freedom of expression with graffiti artist Gonzo247 from Houston, TX at Miami Art Basel Festival, 2015.  

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Singer Joss Stone Calls BDS Counterproductive

While Joss Stone British singer had a blast in Israel she also faced some hateful comments posted on her social media accounts by BDS hate-groups. As opposed to the so many artists who remain silent, Stone posted an open letter on her FB page in which she calls the cultural boycott counterproductive and highly discriminatory.  Dear music lovers ! […]

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Steven Wilson on the Cultural Boycott of Israel

Excerpt from the article written by David Brinn:  Meet Steven Wilson, the anti-Roger Waters  You’re not bashful of calling Tel Aviv your second home or touting Israel’s virtues in a climate of artists boycotting the country and badmouthing it. Do you foresee a time when Israel will be considered a ‘normal’ country by people around the […]

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Alicia Keys has a different point of view on the cultural boycott than Israeli born musician, Ohal Grietzer

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art on April 19, 2016 in Artists on Boycotts, Melman Research |

Whether or not you agree with Grietzer’s ill-founded characterization of the Jewish state, performing in Israel is not an endorsement of the policies of the Israeli government any more than performing in the US or France is an endorsement of their policies. Music is a universal language and a bridge to peace.  Grietzer considers herself […]

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How should we fight BDS?

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art on April 19, 2016 in Artists on Boycotts, Melman Research |

“We need to explain that BDS activists are not neutral, they’re not objective and they don’t know the facts. They handpick several isolated cases and make no constructive suggestions.” – Shimon Peres, March 2016 “Go on the offensive, and bring the battle to BDS.” – Michael Oren, Jan, 2016 “It is time to lift the […]

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Riverdance Troupe on Cultural Boycotts

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art on February 27, 2016 in Artists on Boycotts, Artists’ Corner |

“Riverdance supports the policy of the Irish Government and indeed the policy of every other EU state that cultural interaction is preferable to isolation.” – Riverdance management, 2011 prior to the company’s tour to Israel (Photo credit: Prayitno/Flickr)

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Seal Singer-songwriter on Boycotts

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art on February 27, 2016 in Artists on Boycotts, Artists’ Corner |

“I’m a musician, I sing, I’m not a politician. If I feel anything, I sing, it keeps things very simple”  – Seal Singer-songwriter on Boycotts (Photo credit: Eva Rinaldi/Flickr)

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Umberto Eco on Cultural Boycotts

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art on February 25, 2016 in Artists on Boycotts, Artists’ Corner |

“I consider it absolutely crazy and fundamentally racist to identify a scholar, a private citizen, with the politics of his government” – Umbert Eco Italian Author (‘The Name of the Rose’)

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BDS supporter refuses to have his book translated into Hebrew

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art on December 19, 2015 in Artists on Boycotts |

    An Israeli publisher seeking to buy the rights to Doug Henwood’s book “My Turn: Hillary Clinton Targets the Presidency,” was denied due to the authors support of Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS).”Boycotts, silencing people, or refusing to acknowledge different opinions go against the very nature of the publishing world. Freedom of expression trumps […]

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Heavy Metal Musicians are saying NO TO BDS!

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art on December 2, 2015 in Artists on Boycotts |

                  22 musicians scheduled to perform in the Titans Of Metal Israel Festival in ‪Tel Aviv‬ this December have received threats and pressure from BDS to cancel their performances. Musicians, Tim “Ripper” Owens and Ross the Boss speak up! Ross the Boss (Death Dealer/Ex-Manowar) recently wrote on […]

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“Musicians Should Boycott Israel Until Palestinians Are Free”

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art on December 1, 2015 in Artists on Boycotts |

In a piece published on VICE.com on November 17th, BDS proponents and musicians ‪‎Brian Eno‬ and Ohal Grietzer call for a cultural boycott of Israel. Cultural boycotts eviscerate freedom of expression for all artists and musicians. By denying art’s remarkable ability to communicate a message of love and bring about positive change, cultural boycotts create […]

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Gustavo Dudamel: Why I don’t talk Venezuelan politics

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art on October 29, 2015 in Artists on Boycotts |

  ‪Gustavo Dudamel‬, one of the most iconic conductors of our time, expresses his concern about political pressure surrounding the scheduled collaboration between the ‪LAPhil‬ and the Orchestra of Venezuela.

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J.K. Rowling defends decision to oppose cultural boycott of Israel

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art on October 29, 2015 in Artists on Boycotts |

J.K. Rowling makes comparisons between the Potter books and Israel to explain her opposition to the Israeli Cultural Boycott. Rowling expresses her opinion that the Israeli government needs to change its policies concerning the Palestinians, but asserts that a boycott is not the answer and will not bring about positive change.

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Acco Festival-between Arts and Politics

In the wake of BDS, foreign artists boycotted the largest theater festival in Israel. The artistic director of the Acco Festival talks back,”If these [boycotting] artists have an opinion on the matter, coming here provides an opportunity to share, to listen to that of others, and to get a  glimpse of what’s really going on.”

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