Creative Community For Peace (CCFP) is an organization of prominent entertainment industry executives who are devoted to building bridges for peace and oppose the singling-out of Israel for a cultural boycott. We encourage artists to visit Israel and see for themselves the country’s thriving democracy, rich culture and its people's profound desire for peace.
MUSIC IN THE AIR
Israel is having a blowout musical summer with blockbuster performances by such high profile artists as Justin Timberlake, The Rolling Stones, Backstreet Boys, Lady Gaga, Lana Del Rey, Neil Young, Paul Anka, Yanni, Carla Bruni, The Pixies, America, Chris DeBurgh, Steve Vai, Passenger, CeeLo Green, and Soundgarden, to mention a few.
“Thanks to everyone in Israel for the wonderful welcome. It was a great show and we'll remember it forever.”
June 4, Tel Aviv - the ROLLING STONES performed in Israel for the first time, proving sometimes you really can get what you want! Not only did the band blow the crowd away by delaying the start of their event by 45 minutes to allow observant Jews enough time to arrive, they delivered pure satisfaction, playing hit after hit before a roaring crowd of over 50,000 Israeli fans. After a few days touring the city, band leader Mick Jagger picked up enough Hebrew to go well beyond greetings of good evening and “Happy Shavuot Israel!” to declare, “Anachnu Ha’Avanim Ha’Mitgalgalot” (We are The Rolling Stones) and even to flawlessly ask band mate Ronnie Wood (who was wearing bright orange Nikes), “ “Kanita Na’alayim Ba’Shuk?” (Did you buy shoes in the market?). When Jagger surprised fans asking, “Hokol Sababa?” (All good?), a huge scream went up in response and, at the end of the song Angie
, they received only more applause when hearing thank you in both Hebrew and Arabic.
“The Holy Land… What an experience. I will never forget this day. #Israel”
Blockbuster pop sensation JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE tweeted this now iconic Instagram photo
to his nearly 18 million followers on Twitter, just after landing in Israel at 3 a.m. and heading straight for the Kotel, along with his wife, actress Jessica Biel, and parents. The tweet sparked controversy but the show went on in a big way, as scheduled. The next day, May 28, TIMBERLAKE
took stage at Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park shouting, in Hebrew, “Yalla balagan,” (“I love you all”) and “Shalom Tel Aviv!” before delivering two fully-packed hours of outstanding music and dance performance to over 46,000 fans, which included the ten lucky winners of CCFP’s “Let The Music Play” sweepstakes.
Going ONCE...Going TWICE...SOLD (OUT) THREE TIMES in Israel this July!
When tickets to see the BACKSTREET BOYS perform for the first time in Israel went on sale in late May, they sold out within a mere two hours, prompting promoters to add a second show. When the second show sold out in similar record time, the band did not disappoint, adding a third date to satisfy Israeli fans eager to see these 90’s mega-hit pop stars perform in the Holy Land! The BACKSTREET BOYS are scheduled to appear at the Ra’Anana Ampitheatre
July 29, 30, and 31.
The Holy Land is seeing a number of visiting A-list celebrities this summer including comedian and former Tonight Show host Jay Leno, actress Jessica Biel, internationally acclaimed director, Spike Jonze, and actor Michael Douglas, his actress wife, Catherine Zeta Jones, and their children.
Jay Leno calls Israel a "little paradise in the Middle East"
In May, comedian Jay Leno, hosted an awards ceremony in Israel honoring former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was in attendance when, among other jokes, Leno jibed, “President Obama has declared the month of May Jewish American Heritage Month. He is calling it an opportunity to renew our ‘unbreakable bond with the nation of Israel.’ And he knows it’s unbreakable because he’s been trying to break it for the last five years.” While visiting, Leno also soberly observed Israel as the only democracy in the Middle East. He said, “I look around the Middle East and I see people being stoned to death because they’re gay and women being not allowed to drive or not allowed to vote. And here’s this one little paradise in the Middle East where freedom reigns and there’s a democracy, you vote people in you vote people out…”
Celebrating son's' Bar Mitzvah in Israel and enjoying a "wonderful wonderful history lesson."
Michael Douglas made a fortunate recovery from a hora-related injury suffered at his son’s bar mitzvah last month, just in time to travel to Israel with wife Catherine Zeta-Jones and their two children, for Dylan Michael Douglas’ bar mitzvah celebration which took place in one of the tunnels at the Western Wall. While staying in the presidential suite in Jerusalem, the family toured the Temple Mount tunnels and the City of David. While standing beside his son in the underground archeological excavation site, Douglas expressed appreciation for their experience there, calling it a “wonderful wonderful history lesson.”
Acclaimed director of "Her" and "Being John Malkovich" will make first ever visit to Israel!
Jewish director Spike Jonze (born Adam Spiegel in Rockville, MD) who this year won the Academy Award for best original screenplay for movie “Her” will be coming to Israel for the first time to teach a master class at the Jerusalem Film Festival and attend a special screening and party, in commemoration of 15 years since the debut of his highly acclaimed film “Being John Malkovich.” The international film festival screens feature films and documentaries from all over the globe, presenting awards in a wide range of categories.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE
In keeping with our belief that music is a bridge between cultures and can enable dialogue in exciting and meaningful ways, CCFP brought two Middle Eastern artists, Natacha Atlas and Riff Cohen, together to perform a song at a private gathering on May 28. Atlas, born of Moroccan, Egyptian, and Palestinian descent, bridged cultural and geographical distances by reversing her decision made three years ago to boycott the Jewish State while Cohen, an Israeli singer of French, Tunisian, and Algerian background who shares Atlas' sense of how music creates commonality, was thrilled to join in their musical collaboration. In an exclusive interview with CCFP, Atlas stated, "Music knows no borders. It can go anywhere, and it can't be stopped," and Cohen emphasized, “Music is a tool for mutual understanding and a bridge between people, whether musicians or not."
CCFP reaches out to help #BringBackOurBoys
As many in the international community know, three Israeli (one Israeli-American) teenagers (Eyal Yifrach, Gil-Ad Shaer, and Naftali Frenkel)
were kidnapped on their way home from school. CCFP reached out to its community as part of what became a widespread effort to #BringBackOurBoys. Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal
, co-lead guitarist for Guns N’ Roses (pictured left), and Tony Orlando
of "Tie a Yellow Ribbon 'Round the Ole Oak Tree" fame (symbolizing missing loved ones) were among those most vocal in advocating for the safe and immediate return of Israel’s students. Sadly, sometimes, despite every effort to achieve a peaceful result, our worst fears are realized. Creative Community For Peace mourns the tragic loss of these innocent boys alongside their families, the nation of Israel, and citizens worldwide who share a profound desire for peace.
CCFP Responds to CBS This Morning's one-sided coverage
CBS This Morning
ran a segment about the Rolling Stones’ performance in Israel in which reporter Anthony Mason and co-host Gayle King highlighted Roger Waters and his call for a cultural boycott of Israel. Unfortunately, it was not balanced and only reiterated Waters viewpoint, omitting key facts about Israel and the boycott campaign, thereby depriving the public of accurate information necessary to engage in critical thinking. Whether intended or not, in both its video clip and related online feature, CBS’ one-sided coverage and commentary could easily be seen as an endorsement of Mr. Water’s attempt to politicize art. CCFP wrote to producers and network executives at CBS and received their response which denied the coverage was biased but clearly took note, stating, “we appreciate your criticism and comments and will keep them in mind in any further coverage of this subject area.” We will hold them at their word.
CCFP issues action alerts for artists Chris DeBurgh and Mariza
British-Irish singer/songwriter Chris DeBurgh faced mounting pressure to cancel his March 29 performance in Israel, as did Portuguese singer Mariza, in May. CCFP issued action alerts urging people to add their voices to those opposing cultural boycotts and to sign its Anti-Boycott Petition to show these artists their mainstream support, as music should never be used to tear people apart. Both DeBurgh and Mariza went on to perform, as scheduled.
Top industry execs on CCFP's Advisory Board endorsed a direct response to Danny Glover, William Ayers, rapper Invincible, and others who sought to withdraw a documentary film from film festival DocAviv, in Tel Aviv, in support of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign (BDS). Danny Glover Champions Boycott, Discrimination, and Segregation (BDS) made Times of Israel’s “most read” features list and sent a powerful message that, “The hallmark of the civil rights movement was the fight against discrimination and segregation, and, yet Glover… and others who support the BDS campaign are singling out Israelis for discrimination solely based on nationality. Unethical on its face, it paints all Israelis with a single brush, ignoring the fact that the country has a diverse population, including nearly 1.7 million Arab citizens (20% of the population) who would also be denied the opportunity to experience this film.”
NY POST - CCFP's leadership role in countering the cultural boycott against Israel was highlighted in Paul Miller's New York Post article, "Rockin' out in Israel Despite the Hate" which featured the powerful success of Rolling Stones’ first-ever performance in Israel and illustrated the importance of work by anti-boycott proponents such as CCFP in effectively neutralizing the efforts of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions campaign against Israel (BDS). Miller is a
highly acclaimed political and new media consultant whose features have appeared in the Washington Times
, the Chicago Tribune
, the Jerusalem Post
, and American Thinker
, to name a few.
JERUSALEM CENTER FOR PUBLIC AFFAIRS (JCPA) - Adam Shay’s “The Rock and Roll Boycott of Israel
” focused on the numerous incidents of boycott proponents claiming that an artist has canceled a tour in Israel in support of the boycott while the evidence does not support that conclusion. The tactic, which CCFP refers to as “false claims of victory,” is intended to create an illusion of success for the cultural boycott campaign and to influence other artists by misrepresenting the mainstream view. Shay is a research analyst for CCFP, which closely monitors and responds to this and other tactics used by boycott proponents, as well as a senior program coordinator and researcher at the JCPA.
Both Shay’s report and Miller’s feature underscore how CCFP’s work in responding to the tactics of BDS proponents serves to expose truth – the only foundation upon which any hope for peace can ever be built.
COMEBACKS AND SETBACKS
COMEBACKS - Two artists who previously declined to play in Israel, The Pixies and Natacha Atlas, both played for their Israeli fans this year. Fans of The Pixies, a popular alternative rock band from Boston, were eager to see them play live in Tel Aviv, after missing their chance to see them in 2010, during the time of turmoil surrounding the Flotilla. With hardly a breath to be taken in between, The Pixies dazzled Israel, ripping through 33 songs to a packed house of highly appreciative fans in Tel Aviv.
Prior to her May 28 performance, Belgian Singer of Egyptian, moroccan, and Palestinian origin, Natacha Atlas, posted an eloquent statement of inspired leadership on her Facebook page. Said Natacha, "As an artist, I have an unwavering faith in music as the universal means of communication - the fundamental means through which people can connect with each other on the most basic of levels: their shared humanity." To spread its message that music and art build bridges, CCFP brought Atlas together with fellow artist of French, Algerian, and Tunisian background, Riff Cohen, to collaborate on a song during a private performance by Atlas the night before her performance. In an exclusive interview, Atlas and Cohen underscored the critical role of music in bringing people together.
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#5 - Grammy Award-winning hip-hop superstar JAY Z is an investor and spokesman for Duracell PowerMat, an Israeli company specializing in wireless charging for electronic devices.
Who are all the others??
SETBACKS - Unfortunately, challenges remain. Almost every artist scheduled to perform in Israel is targeted. In February, Norwegian singer, Moddi, fell prey to anti-Israel propaganda and cancelled his performance in support of the boycott. More recently, Sinead O'Connor cancelled her scheduled tour for reasons that remain unclear and contradictory. Although it was reported she canceled out of solidarity with the boycott movement, music industry sources close to Sinead have informed CCPF that she has cited reasons completely unrelated to politics in her discussions about canceling. Whatever the real reason, we are saddened that her fans in Israel will be unable to see her at this time and believe this underscores the critical need for us to continue to grow our base and extend our reach, to better educate artists, industry leaders, and fans worldwide. If you have not already done so, please consider making a tax deductible donation toward the very important important work CCFP is doing.
CCFP Co-founder and Advisory Board Member
Chairman of Spirit Music Group
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LET THE MUSIC
We represent a cross section of the creative world-- those who create and help create music, film, and television programs--and their fans.
We may not all share the same politics or the same opinion on the best path to peace in the Middle East. But we do agree that singling out Israel, the only democracy in the region, as a target of cultural boycotts while ignoring the now-recognized human rights issues of her neighbors will not further peace.
We understand the power that our music, our films, our television shows, and all arts have. They have the power to build bridges. Foster better understanding. Encourage dialogue. And hopefully lead toward greater mutual acceptance.
If you support the message that the arts can build bridges-please join us in this important mission.
The world might be a better place for it.