Better definition for BDS is Boycott, Discriminate and Segregate

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 …

Israeli artists seek peace at the Shalom Festival in Edinburgh by Lana Melman

How do you steal a beach? For the boycott, sanctions and divestment (BDS) campaign against Israel, the answer is one grain of sand at a time. The cultural boycott effort seeks to rob …

“Music is a great way for artists to express themselves. But when speaking on world issues, artists need to be sure to be educated on a topic before trying to influence anyone. I want to use music for good, to make people smile, laugh, dance, create good energy.” Jason Derulo, American singer

“I never believe in boycotts. Always believe in dialogue. People must keep talking.” – Klaus Meine, frontman of the band Scorpions

When anti-Israel propagandists promote cultural bridges: to cheer or jeer?

“Every performance is a testimony to the power of music to break down barriers, to promote cultural understanding and to build bridges between communities,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. Certainly, …

“I don’t ask anyone’s permission to travel. I’ve received lots of love here [Israel]. I wouldn’t have missed that.” – Kevin Costner 

“Israel is a wonderful place to be an artist – a place where imagination flourishes. Israeli culture is refreshingly avant garde – making films, music, performance art and visual art that continues to push the envelope, inspire and empower.” – Ryan Kavanaugh, American businessman, film producer and film financier

“The essential aim of music . . . is to produce a communion, a union of man with his fellow man and with the Supreme Being.” – Stravinsky, Russian composer

“Music can change the world because it can change people.”Bono



“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

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“…to sing and be with musicians from different cultures is my favorite things to do on the planet” –  American songstress India Arie on the joy of music and collaboration 

“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

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