Archive for the ‘Melman Research’ 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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Miami Beach teens will no longer perform with Roger Waters due to anti-Israel controversy

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art on July 17, 2017 in Melman Research |

BY SAMANTHA J. GROSS at Miami Herald sgross@miamiherald.com  Teenagers slated to perform alongside Pink Floyd star Roger Waters have backed out of the event amid accusations of anti-Semitism against the band’s co-founder. Twelve members of a Miami Beach Parks summer program were supposed to have a dress rehearsal with the band, receive autographed photos, sit […]

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Another wave of cancellations

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art 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 […]

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Wonder Woman Attacked by BDS

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art 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. […]

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

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art 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 […]

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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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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 […]

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New Artists Join BDS / Roger Waters concedes defeat w Radiohead

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art 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 […]

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Lana Melman on Roger Waters and his BDS support

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art 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.

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Help me count Roger Waters’ lies!

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art 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. […]

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Open Letter To Pitchfork Music Magazine Regarding Radiohead

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art 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 […]

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Bringing together the entertainment industry & Israel

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art 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.                                                         […]

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Some Snapshots from AIPAC 2017

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art on April 21, 2017 in Melman Research |

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

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Liberate Art tour in New York City

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art 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 […]

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Celebrating Freedom!

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art 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. READ THE FULL NEWSLETTER HERE!  

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Rock the House for Israel

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 […]

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Talking Back on Talk Radio – Tonight

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art on March 30, 2017 in Newsletter |

Fighting the Cultural Boycott against Israel    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 […]

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

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art on March 8, 2017 in Newsletter |

Fighting the Cultural Boycott against Israel   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 […]

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The Power of One

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art 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 […]

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

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art 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 […]

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Fighting the Cultural Boycott against Israel

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art 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.    […]

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Better definition for BDS is Boycott, Discriminate and Segregate

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art 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 […]

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Join Us – Say No to the cultural boycott of Israel

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art on December 8, 2016 in Newsletter |

Greetings!   As the year comes to a close, I’d like to thank you for your support of our work.   In today’s world, Israel is under fire from all directions including from the newest and potentially most dangerous weapon against the Jewish state – the cultural boycott campaign.   We are pleased to let […]

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Hollywood Spotlight on Israel!

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art on November 8, 2016 in Newsletter |

Greetings!   I count you among my friends who know that I devote my efforts to both countering the  cultural boycott against Israel and working as a  Hollywood liaison to the Jewish state. I am honored to have been the Hollywood liaison behind an exciting “Spotlight on Israeli television” in Variety magazine this past month. [ Press […]

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Poor Roger Waters

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art on October 28, 2016 in Melman Research |

Poor Roger Waters. AMEX has declined to sponsor his next extravagant concert because he is using the stage as a platform for anti-Israel rants. Now let’s wait for Roger Waters to play the victim.  He’ll be crying about being punished. He’ll claim some sort of Israeli-Hollywood conspiracy. For years he has urged his fellow artists […]

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Hollywood Spotlights Israel! (Press Release)

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art on October 18, 2016 in Melman in the Media, Melman Research |

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Lana Melman, CEO Liberate Art, Inc. Bookings@LanaMelman.com 424-653-6112 Los Angeles – October 18, 2016 All eyes will be on Israel’s film and television industry this month with a special editorial spotlight in Variety Magazine and an online event featuring Israel’s most exciting filmmakers and shows. Variety Magazine is shining a spotlight on Israel’s […]

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Armoza Formats is Amping Up the Competition For This Year’s Mipcom

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art on October 18, 2016 in Melman Research |

Armoza Formats, the Israeli content creator and distributor, boasting of catalog of 90 formats reaching some 35 countries, has long been a major player in the Israeli TV game. The company has dabbled in all genres: its psychological crime-thriller “Bnei Aruba,” which broke onto the scene at 2013’s Mip, was snatched up for U.S. adaptation […]

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Hollywood Shines a Spotlight on Israel

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art on October 8, 2016 in Newsletter |

Greetings!   I count you among my friends who know that I devote my efforts to both countering the cultural boycott against Israel and working as a Hollywood liaison to the Jewish state.   The arts including film, TV and music enrich all our lives and the extraordinary contribution the Israeli creative community makes to […]

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What does it mean to be a Hollywood Liaison for Israel?

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art on August 31, 2016 in Melman Research, Newsletter |

  A liaison is a person who helps facilitate a close working relationship between people or organizations. During my trip to Israel this past month, I met with top concert promoters, producers, and managers to dig past the headlines and discuss the current state of the music scene in the Holy Land.   I met […]

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Beyoncé cancels Israel performances

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art on August 16, 2016 in Melman Research |

What is due to the pressures of BDS hate-groups? Beyoncé cancelled an entire wing of her tour. It’s illogical to think that an artist would cancel concerts at several venues because of pressure to cancel one of them.

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What part of your humanity are cultural boycott ringleaders asking you to give up?

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art on June 22, 2016 in Melman Research |

What part of your humanity are cultural boycott ringleaders asking you to give up? And will you do it? Cultural boycott “campaigns” are asking us to do something that tears at the very fabric of what makes us human beings: to de-humanize a particular people by equating their art and their culture with particular policies […]

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Vicious Israel-haters and BDS supporter Roger Waters and Rule Jebreal Now a Couple

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art on June 22, 2016 in Melman Research |

What happens when two anti-Israel, BDS supporters find love? A “Palestinian power couple” is born. Or so says Page Six.   Roger Waters, the openly anti-Israel propagandist, is now in a relationship with novelist and screenwriter, Rula Jebreal, an equally vitriolic critic of Israel. Liberate Art is appalled at this glamourous characterization of two people who have done […]

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Liberate Art @ IDEAS L.A.

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art on June 19, 2016 in Melman Research |

  Earlier this week, I had the pleasure to visit IDEAS Los Angeles – a place, where great mind’s meet. Here is a little recap of the two days, and stay tuned for an exclusive interview on what musicians think about the ‪#‎CulturalBoycott‬!   [Show slideshow] Lana Melman @ IDEAS L.A. Steffanie Altman, campaign executive, JNFuture […]

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Simply Red’s frontman Mick Hucknall slams BDS as he arrives in Israel

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art on June 14, 2016 in Melman Research |

“With their hundreds of millions of fans, artists and pop icons have enormous power to influence public opinion across the world and are increasingly becoming the weapon of choice in the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against the Jewish homeland.” (Lana Melman) This is exactly what happened to Simply Red’s frontman Mick Hucknall, who has […]

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Proud to be a Speaker alongside Ambr. Dennis Ross

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art on June 8, 2016 in Newsletter |

Greetings! We met at AIPAC a few weeks back. I am an expert on the cultural boycott campaign against Israel, and I send out newsletters from time to time about my work. This past month I was honored to have been a featured speaker along with Ambassador Dennis Ross – Middle East adviser to five […]

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The Cultural Boycott movement has an impact

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art on June 6, 2016 in Melman Research |

Omar Barghouti, arguably the founder of the cultural boycott campaign, claims that the BDS movement’s strength is precisely in its “indirect, palpable psychological impact on the mainstream Israeli psyche about the country becoming more ‘isolated’ from the world. An argument not without merit.  

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Jewish Leader Blasts Guggenheim Museum for Website Post Accusing ‘Racist’ Israel of Censorship

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art on May 28, 2016 in Melman Research |

Abraham Foxman, former national director of the ADL – Anti-Defamation League, takes the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum to task for posting an article on its website by Israeli artist and curator, Chen Tamir, which accuses Israel of failing to uphold freedom of speech. Really? This being the same Guggenheim Museum that according to pro-Israel blogger […]

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Rihanna​ teamed up with Israeli artist Roy Nachum​ on the artwork Anti

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art on May 17, 2016 in Melman Research |

“Ever since humankind discovered the magic of rhythm, music has been a part of our lives.” Its distribution in our digital age, however, calls for cross culture innovative creative work. Rihanna, worked with Israeli artist Roy Nachum – Art & Design on the artwork of her album “Anti.”  The singer ignored heavy pressure by BDS to cancel […]

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Michael Douglas to bring star power to NY ‘Post’ confab

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art on May 14, 2016 in Melman Research |

“I am a Jew. Those are four words of pride. My Jewishness is as deep as my genes.” – Michael Douglas, actor/producer. Artists are agents of change. They make their life’s experiences our life experiences. Click here for the article!

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What moves a non-Jewish student to take a stand against anti-Zionist bullies on his college campus?

For one young man, it was a scene in a movie. Films have the ability to educate us, inspire us, and transform us because they allow us to walk in another man’s shoes. In this excellent article for the Observer by Shani Shahmoon, contributor to the Haym Salomon Center, University of California-Irvine (UCI) student Kevin Brum who is not […]

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Do cultural boycotts actually work?

Do cultural boycotts actually work? Peter Hoslin poses this question in Forbes magazine.   Although Mr. Hoslin does not actually answer the question posed, he does do a thorough examination of the impact of cultural boycotts on the local community, notes that there are equally valid ways of calling attention to a cause and stresses […]

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“Never Again” – Remembering The Holocaust

Art creates change and preserves history. Here are just some of the films documenting true genocide: Son of Saul Woman in Gold The Pianist Life is Beautiful Sunshine Night Schindler’s List Escape from Sobibor Sophie’s Choice Nuremberg Trials The Diary of Anne Frank

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Israeli Concert Promoters Scoff at The Cultural Boycott Campaign

In my Jerusalem Post op-ed I noted, “Nobody pressures artists to perform in Israel. Over 300 international artists perform in Israel each year because they want to.” In the Jewish Chronicle, UK, I expanded, “Artists play in Israel for the same reason they play everywhere else. Of course they want to be compensated for their […]

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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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Louis C.K. is bringing his show to Israel

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art on April 14, 2016 in Melman Research |

Louis C.K., the famed New York comedian, is planning a show in ‪Israel. His opening monologue on Saturday Night Live last May painted Israel in a less than flattering light, and yet, CK expects a sellout audience in Tel Aviv. And why? Comics in free societies often express strong political views. Open, liberal democracies like Israel […]

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Cultural boycott Tactic #1: False claim of victory.

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art on January 13, 2016 in Melman Research |

Musicians cancel concerts for a variety of reasons. When a cancellation occurs in ‪‎Israel‬, however, ‪‎BDS‬ advocates often misrepresent the cancellation as support for the boycott. Their goal is to create the illusion of wider support for their campaign. What can an artist do? Go on the record. Thank you ‪‎Manfred Mann‬ for doing just […]

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BDS protesters cause disturbance in London

Watch riveting, first-hand footage of Boycott, Divestment & Sanctions (BDS) protesters causing disturbance at a recent Jerusalem Quartet performance in London. A prime example of a small, but vocal minority, seeking to impose their political will by creating an atmosphere of intimidation.  

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