Archive for the ‘Other Commentary and Analysis’ Category

Letter to the Editors of Pitchfork Music Magazine

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art 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 […]

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Why Concert Prices in Israel Are So Much Higher Than Abroad

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art 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 […]

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

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art 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, […]

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

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art 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 […]

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WHY ARTISTS CAN’T PERFORM IN ISRAEL & PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES

The Creative Community for Peace had a noteworthy post on their website yesterday which offered an explanation for the lack of concerts by international artists in the West Bank. Disclaimer – I was the premier director of the organization. Simply stated, it’s because concerts by performers who also perform in Israel are thwarted by the […]

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Ambassadors Against BDS – International Summit at the UN

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art on May 31, 2016 in Other Commentary and Analysis |

Ambassadors against BDS International Summit at the UN dedicated to Fighting BDS – May 31,2016 Liberate Art has collected Twitter posts from the outstanding speakers at the event.   “There is no comparison between Israel and South Africa” Mosab Hassan Yousef at #AmbassadorsAgainstBDS @IsraelinUN #StopBDS — WJC (@WorldJewishCong) May 31, 2016 “BDS is a force […]

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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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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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Researchers Observe Effects of Art on the Brain

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art on December 8, 2015 in Other Commentary and Analysis |

                  The Wall Street Journal reports on scientific exploration of “the human preoccupation with art.” “This is about emotion, about brain patterns about, about individuality…” Indeed, leave it to science to prove what the human heart already knows. Thank you to the National Science Foundation for your […]

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Why the Scottish Green Party’s ‘hymn of hate’ matters

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art on October 29, 2015 in Other Commentary and Analysis |

A resolution adopted by the Scottish Green Party demands the law of return be scrapped for Jews and a right of return introduced for Palestinians.To achieve this, the Scottish Greens endorse boycotts of Israeli businesses, academics and cultural institutions, Jewish and Arab, Hebron and Haifa.

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Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters: ‘Israel is a Colonial Oppressive Regime’

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art on October 12, 2015 in Other Commentary and Analysis |

Erin Aitcheson, responds to Roger Waters Huff Post interview wherein he claimed that the BDS movement is a non-violent, peaceful protest against the Israeli government “occupying territories.” 

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Biting the BDS Bullet

Posted by Asst-at-Liberate-Art on October 12, 2015 in Other Commentary and Analysis |

JPost’s David Brinn on the status of the BDS: Unlike performing in Switzerland or Canada, when an artist books a gig in Israel there’s some serious political baggage that comes with it. Whether they were aware of it beforehand or not, these entertainers are pulled into the two-ton magnet called the Mideast conflict.

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