A Year in Review 2015: Accomplishments & Challenges
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Adam Sandler's response to Roger Waters & Israel boycotters on The Howard Stern Show, December 15.

Thank you to all our supporters and to those who believe in the work that we do. This year has had many challenges, but also many successes. With our direct involvement and support numerous artists did not succumb to pressure to cancel their performances in Israel - and as you will see below, many top global artists traveled to the region and had incredible experiences.

Our work also involves building coalitions with other groups to help combat the misinformation - such as our partnership with Culture For Coexistence, an organization countering the boycott movement in the UK and beyond. Our goals for next year include expanding our operations in other major entertainment industry cities, such as Nashville and New York, and strengthening our global efforts in the face of a very aggressive boycott Israel movement.

If you have not already given this year, we hope you can support us in continuing our mission.

2015 was a record year for music in Israel. Over 250 international artists traveled to the country for performances including Bon Jovi, Mariah Carey, Kanye West, The Backstreet Boys, One Republic, Robbie Williams, Art Garfunkel, Dionne Warwick, Juanes, Damian Marley and many more! Listen to our CCFP 2015 Spotify playlist to hear songs from these artists. 

During his band's concert in October, Jon Bon Jovi announced that he's waited a long time to perform in Israel and introduced new song "We Don't Run" as a fight song for Tel Aviv. 

Major UK figures Hilary Mantel, Niall Ferguson and JK Rowling signed an open letter by our partner organization, Culture for Coexistence, against the cultural boycott of Israel, calling the movement discriminatory and harms dialogue and the chances for peace between Israelis and PalestiniansDeadline quoted CCFP co-founder David Renzer, "We are pleased to see prominent UK artists supporting the positive powers of the arts while at the same time not falling prey to many of the falsehoods and misinformation that have been spread by the Boycott Israel movement."

Matisyahu Sings Jerusalem At Sunsplash Festival
Reggae musician Matisyahu was ousted from Spain's Rototom Sunsplash Festival by organizers for not making a political statement on the Israel/Palestinian conflict. He called the cancellation appalling, offensive and as the one publicly Jewish-American artist scheduled for the festival they were trying to coerce me in political statements. After public backlash, and assistance from CCFP, organizers apologized and re-invited Matisyahu to play as originally scheduled, which he did. Read more
Most of the artists scheduled to perform in Israel this year did so as planned, however there were some cancellations. In May, singer Lauryn Hill cancelled her scheduled performance due to BDS pressure. She wrote in a statement on Facebook that the cancellation in Tel Aviv was due to the inability to also schedule a performance in the Palestinian territories.
Israeli director Roy Zafrani of the internationally award-winning documentary about disabled children, "The Other Dreamers," was told by organizers of the Norwegian Human Rights Human Wrongs Festival that his work could not be shown unless the film was about "the illegal occupation, the blockade of Gaza or the discrimination of Palestinians."
Zafrani called the decision absurd, saying, I'm not a political man. I am not responsible for my government's actionsRead more here
The first ever Irish dancing competition in Israel was meant to be held this past summer. When news broke, the organizers began receiving an onslaught of pressure from supporters of the cultural wing of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, a political movement which singles out Israel, and only Israel, as a nation to be boycotted by artists.
Read more at our Times of Israel blog.

Elton John just announced he will be performing in Israel for the fourth time in May.

COPY, PASTE, & POST this message on social media accounts of scheduled artists: 
#Music knows no boundaries. Thank you for performing for your many fans in Israel! #LetTheMusicPlay @CCFPeace 

Enrique Iglesias (12/16, 12/22), Dead Daisies (12/17, 12/19), Jerry Seinfeld (12/19, 12/20), Justin Hayward (12/20), The Blues Brothers Approved (12/19, 12/21), Booker T. Jones (1/7), Donovan (1/15), Lost Frequencies (1/19), Sean Paul (1/23), Adrian Belew (2/3), Henry Rollins (2/5), Alphaville (2/6), Alessandra Safina (2/18), Ibeyi (2/22, 2/23), Jethro Tull (2/25), Greg Dulli (2/27), Chris Cornell (5/6, 5/7), Elton John (5/26), Foreigner (6/14, 6/16), Simply Red (6/14)

Creative Community for Peace (CCFP) is an organization comprised of prominent members of the entertainment industry who believe in the power of culture and the arts to build bridges and promote understanding and are opposed to the singling out of Israel for a cultural boycott. We work to provide balance to the discourse regarding the Middle East and promote the view that one of the best ways for artists to better understand the issues is to travel to the region and experience it for themselves. We believe in the power of our music, our films and our television programming, and in the democratic values we all cherish and that boycotts based on misinformation are not part of the solution.

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