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Summer Newsletter 2017
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Summer Newsletter - Volume 6 Issue 2

Dear Friends of Creative Community For Peace,

CCFP has been busy supporting an amazing lineup of top-name talent performing in Israel this summer, including such artists as Aerosmith, Tom Jones, Armin Van Buuren, Guns N' Roses, Britney Spears, Radiohead, Pixies, and many more.

This noticeably strong concert season has unfortunately also brought with it greater anti-Israel pressure -- spearheaded by the BDS movement -- against artists. As a result, we have: Responded to attacks by Roger Waters against Radiohead’s outspoken leader, Thom Yorke, after he took a brave stand against the boycott movement (read here); Supported filmmakers targeted for boycotts because of their participation in the Tel Aviv Int’l LGBT Film Festival; Organized exciting Entertainment Industry events in NY and LA, and much more.

CCFP remains the only Entertainment Industry organization galvanizing and educating our peers to counter cultural boycott efforts against Israel. Our high level board and staff are constantly at work behind the scenes supporting coexistence and working to ensure that artists continue to travel to and perform in Israel, and that Israeli artists aren't boycotted abroad.

We can't do our work without your support. 

Please help us continue to grow by supporting our efforts.

HIGHLIGHTS:
On June 27th, Creative Community for Peace (CCFP) held an event at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles which brought the who’s who of the entertainment industry together. Frontman of Disturbed and CCFP Professional Network Committee member, David Draiman, performed his Grammy nominated cover of “The Sound of Silence.” Read more about the event. 
CCFP Event in New York City

NYC entertainment industry executives enjoyed a morning breakfast briefing with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat. Hosted by CCFP Advisory Board member Craig Balsam in his NY office of Razor & Tie, Mayor Barkat shared an update on the current state of affairs in his city as well as the important role the arts have in bringing people together.
Meet Jeff Sosnow!

Jeff Sosnow recently joined our Professional Network Committee (PNC) and is looking forward to being more invovled with CCFP. He has worked at record labels in Los Angeles, including American Recordings, Dreamworks Records, Interscope and most recently Warner Brothers Records, where he serves as senior vice president of A&R. He is sure to be a great addition to our CCFP team. 
Thom Yorke rejected the hateful and divisive rhetoric of Roger Waters

Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke finally spoke to Rolling Stone regarding the pressure he received from boycott activists, especially former Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters, and made it quite clear that he will perform in Israel. Read his powerful words HERE.
Israel's summer concert season started with a bang

It's only the start of the season and already this tiny country in the Middle East has had the opportunity to see some world class acts. Justin BieberAerosmith, and Britney Spears all performed in Park HaYarkon for more than 50,000 fans.  Many more great acts are on their way….
WHAT WE'RE UP AGAINST:
TLV International LGBT Film Festival
 
Several participants in the Tel Aviv International LGBT Film Festival decided -- after sustained pressure from BDS activists -- to cancel their participation.
 
CCFP reached out to those who had made their decision, supported those who were on the fence -- which convinced them to participate rather than cave into the hatred of BDS -- and corrected the record about why one Swiss actress really couldn't be there.
Wonder Woman under attack in the Middle East

The recently released Warner Bros. film "Wonder Woman," starring Gal Gadot, has been banned in Middle Eastern countries simply because the star is Israeli. CCFP condemned this blatant act of discrimination and censorship. Read more HERE.
SEND MESSAGES OF SUPPORT TO ARTISTS PERFORMING IN ISRAEL
Radiohead will perform in Tel Aviv on July 19th

On a continuing basis, artists who are scheduled to perform in Israel are pressured on social media to cancel their concerts. Please take a moment to sign our anti-boycott petition, and show them your support on their various social media accounts. Thank them for using the power of their music and art to build bridges and encourage them to not be swayed by false propaganda.
Thank them for choosing peace not hate.

Artists scheduled to perform in Israel this year include: Guns N' RosesRadiohead, Pixies, Deadmau5, Tom JonesForeigner, Robbie Williams, and many many more.

Let The Music


Creative Community for Peace is an organization comprised of prominent members of the entertainment industry dedicated to promoting the arts as a means to peace and to countering the cultural boycott of Israel. We may not all share the same politics or the same opinion on the best path to peace between Palestinians and Israelis. But we do agree that singling out Israel as a target of cultural boycotts will not further peace. We understand the power that our music, our films, our television shows, and all arts have. We encourage artists to participate, rather than shun, to express rather than suppress. If anything, turn up the music, expose our art to wider audiences, and encourage people from all cultures to interact, communicate and inspire peace and understanding. LIKE us on FacebookFOLLOW us on Twitter & InstagramSIGN our Anti-Boycott PetitionSUPPORT us with a Donationwww.creativecommunityforpeace.com

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