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.