Feb 28, 2011

#BDS: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra has role in Israel's apartheid

"Pro-Palestinian advocacy group calls for boycott, protests of Israeli orchestra's tour, saying ensemble 'diverts attention from Israel's oppression of Palestinians'

Pro-Palestinian attempts to disrupt the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra's annual US tour have caused the ensemble to reinforce its security measures, Ynet has learned.

Blog posts and e-mail messages circulated the web over the past few weeks, calling American music lovers to boycott the orchestra's performances.  

Adalah-NY, an organization advocating for the rights of Palestinians, has announced that demonstrations are to be staged by its supporters in front of the orchestra's concert venues across the United States."

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#BDS: Another BDS Success: Folk Music Legend Pete Seeger Endorses Boycott of Israel

"Folk music legend Pete Seeger has come out in support of the growing Palestinian movement for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) against Israel as a program for justice for Palestinians and a route to peace in the Middle East.

Seeger, 92, participated in last November’s online virtual rally “With Earth and Each Other,” sponsored by the Arava Institute, an Israeli environmental organization, and by the Friends of the Arava Institute. The Arava Institute counts among its close partners and major funders the Jewish National Fund, responsible since 1901 for securing land in Palestine for the use of Jews only while dispossessing Palestinians. Although groups in the worldwide BDS movement had requested he quit the event, Seeger felt that he could make a strong statement for peace and justice during the event."

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#BDS: Israel and Cultural Normalization

  • American filmmakers Joel and Ethan Cohen to receive Dan David Prize on behalf of Tel Aviv University.

  • Actor Verne Troyer of 'Austin Powers' concludes five-day trip to Israel with visit to Jerusalem holy site.

#BDS: Once again, Israel uses sports to whitewash it's crimes

  • Israeli president visits Real Madrid players during training session, receives shirt with his name on it from captain Iker Casillas.

  • In effort to strengthen relations with Indian expats, ambassador announces cricket tournament just like one in Israeli movie. 'There is nothing quite like a game of cricket to bring people together,' says embassy spokesman.

  • Israel will play host to two international cycling competitions this spring, showcasing the unique and diverse terrain of this small Mediterranean nation.