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Spring Newsletter 2017
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Spring Newsletter - Volume 6 Issue 1

Dear Friends of Creative Community for Peace,

Thankfully, the upcoming concert schedule in Israel is jam-packed with top-name talent, including such artists as Aerosmith, Rod Stewart, Radiohead, Britney Spears, and many more. 

While we applaud the growth of the concert season in Israel, we are all too aware of the growing Boycott Israel campaigns and their unrelenting and constant targeting of these artists in very public mediums. Outreach is needed now more than ever. Without balanced narrative and proactive action things could reverse quickly. CCFP will continue to work with and grow our network of industry executives and provide our ongoing support behind the scenes.

CCFP also is speaking out...read our recent response to Billboard for providing a one-sided platform to Roger Waters (below). We also remain concerned about the false linkage of the International Women’s Strike and Black Lives Matter platforms with anti-Israel propaganda as well as the messaging of an upcoming Palestinian Music Festival.

CCFP remains the only organization working to counter cultural boycott efforts against Israel. We are constantly at work behind the scenes 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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:
CCFP Welcomes New Director. Allison Krumholz joins CCFP as our new Director based in Los Angeles. She has an extensive backround in the non-profit sector with more than 10 years in senior management positions. She has tremendous experience working with Israel focused organizations as well as a great deal of experience working with senior level Execs in the Entertainment Industry. Allison can be reached at AllisonK@CreativeCommunityforpeace.com or (213) 254-3170.
HIGHLIGHTS:
Israeli musicians will open for Radiohead's world tour. Israeli band Dudu Tassa & the Kuwaitis will be the opening act for Radiohead's US tour, while Israeli artist Shye Ben-Tzur will open up for the band's European tour. Dudu Tassa & the Kuwaitis is a modern reworking of the classical songs of Tassa's grandfather and great-uncle, considered by some critics to be the founders of modern Iraqi music.
Rod Stewert, Aerosmith, Radiohead + many more performing in Israel. The 2017 spring and summer concert lineup in Israel is sounding like one of the biggest yet with confirmed concerts from Nick Cave, Justin Bieber, Robbie Williams, Tom Jones, The Pixies, Britney Spears, and many many more. 
CCFP Board Members Interviewed in Billboard. A common love of music may have carried Craig Balsam (Razor & Tie Entertainment), David Renzer (Spirit Music Group) and Steve Schnur (Electronic Arts) to the top of the music business, but each is also engaged in another mutually shared passion: Creative Community for Peace, a group advocating for greater international cultural engagement with Israel. Read more. 
Iranian Rock Singer Shahin Najafi Performs in Israel: “Unlike Roger Waters, I’m not going to stay in the US and boycott the people — I come to Israel and sing for the people to make a statement in the heart of the place where I see a problem,” Najafi said. “I’m willing to die for peace.”
Read more. 
WHAT WE'RE UP AGAINST:
Banksy – Fostering Dialogue or Creating Propaganda? British artist Banksy has opened a hotel of art in the Palestinian city of Bethlehem. We at CCFP applaud the opening of this hotel and its attempt at dialogue, but we encourage the hotel proprietors to not allow this hotel to become a one-sided marketing tool of propaganda. 
Natalie Imbruglia and the Desperation of BDS. No artist has canceled a show in Israel due to pressure from the BDS Movement since December of 2015, but its supporters are desperate to claim any victory they possibly can. Read more. 
Music Industry Boycott of Israel? Not so much. When we saw NME's article, “Radiohead announce Israel gig despite industry boycott,” we couldn’t help but ask ourselves, “What industry boycott?Read more
SEND MESSAGES OF SUPPORT TO ARTISTS PERFORMING IN ISRAEL
Radiohead will perform in Tel Aviv on July 19th

Every day artists who are scheduled to perform in Israel are pressured on social media to cancel their tour. Please take a moment and show them your support on their various social media accounts. Thank them for using their art as a bridge and for not listening to lies and propaganda.
Thank them for choosing peace not hate.

Artists scheduled to perform in Israel this year include: Aerosmith, Rod Stewert, RadioheadPixies, Justin Bieber, Deadmau5, Tom Jones, Daddy Yankee, Britney SpearsMacklemore & Ryan Lewis, Foreigner, 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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