Copy
Spring Newsletter 
View this email in your browser
Spring Newsletter - Volume 5 Issue 1
ELTON JOHN 
RETURNING TO ISRAEL THIS MAY
Dear Friends, 

CCFP remains the only organization working diligently to ensure that artists, the entertainment community, and the public understand the nefarious nature of the boycott Israel movement (BDS). From the recent Oscar "swag bag" controversy to the false claims that concerts were canceled because of boycott pressure, our efforts work to support freedom of expression, provide balance to the discourse regarding the Middle East, and ensure that artists continue to travel to and perform in Israel. This first quarter of 2016 saw a great deal of activity, and CCFP looks forward to a great year of music and entertainment.  

Please join us and be part of the solution. #LetTheMusicPlay 

HIGHLIGHTS:
DONOVAN TO DONATE PROCEEDS OF RESCHEDULED CONCERT 
CCFP has confirmed that the Scottish singer will perform this April with Ukeleles for Peace, a group that unites Israeli and Arab children through fun and music. As they often do, the boycott Israel movement falsely claimed that his January concert cancellation was due to boycott pressure. Read more.
MICHAEL DOUGLAS TOURS CAMPUSES
The actor and Natan Sharansky, the chairman of the Jewish Agency, went on a joint week-long trip to three college campuses to discuss Israel and modern anti-Semitism. Douglas shared his experience with anti-Israel activists on campuses: "They don’t know how to talk — they really don’t. They know how to protest.” Read more.
JERRY SEINFELD: 4 SOLD-OUT SHOWS IN ISRAEL
"I am so happy to be back, so happy to be in Israel again!" Seinfeld told media before his first show. The comedian was initially scheduled for one show, but due to high demand, three more shows were added and were all sold out in minutes. Watch Seinfeld call Israelis "all-or-nothing" types on The Daily Show.
HELEN MIRREN PRAISES ISRAELIS
“I love Israel, I think it is a great, great country. I think through all the difficulties and all the pains that Israel has suffered and will in the future, the great thing that Israel has is Israelis. They will guide you through,” Helen Mirren announced to the crowd following her acceptance of the Career Achievement Award at the Israel Film Festival in Los Angeles in October. 
WHAT WE'RE UP AGAINST:
SIMON WEISENTHAL CENTER PRAISES CCFP RESPONSE TO OSCAR "SWAG BAG" CONTROVERSY 
Actors nominated for Academy Awards this year were offered a trip to Israel, much to the chagrin of BDS supporters. Anti-Israel organizations (Jewish Voice for Peace and the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation) took out a full-page ad in the Los Angeles Times to call Israel an apartheid state, urging nominees to #SkipTheTrip. We created our counter-campaign to call on the nominees to #TakeTheTrip. See the original ad. 

The Simon Weisenthal Center commended CCFP's response to the paid-for promotion of the "Big Lie."

CCFP director Jill Hoyt spoke to The Wrap, saying, “To demonize Israel over an Oscar swag bag that is not even endorsed by the Academy is no way to help Palestinians improve social justice, achieve statehood and self-determination, or the building of a civil society.” 
FALSE CLAIMS ATTEMPT TO LINK BLACK LIVES MATTER WITH PALESTINIAN RESISTANCE MOVEMENT
The campaign "When I See Them I See Us," featuring Lauryn Hill and Danny Glover, draws false parallels and attempts to conflate Palestinian grievances with the Black Lives Matter movement. BDS is successfully using this technique, often referred to as “intersectionality,” to play on sympathies of other minority and oppressed groups. Read more about this dangerous trend. 
BDS CLAIMS FALSE VICTORIES
Cancellations happen all the time for a variety of reasons: sudden illness, low ticket sales, contractual issues, etc.. Israel boycott activists have claimed that the recent cancellations of Manfred Mann's Earth Band and Henry Rollins are a result of boycott pressure. Rollins released a statement clarifying the reason for the cancellation and condemning the BDS movement: "I don't think a cultural boycott is a good way to go. ...Ideas, discussion, other perspectives lead to change more than the silence of a boycott."
CCFP EXCLUSIVE:
SIA AND BRIAN WILSON OF THE BEACH BOYS WILL PERFORM IN ISRAEL THIS SUMMER 
SEND MESSAGES OF SUPPORT TO ARTISTS SCHEDULED TO PERFORM

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 
Artists scheduled to perform include: Chris Norman, Gente De Zona, Gang of Four, Dimitry Vegas & Like Mike, Rita Rudnor, Craig David, Jason Derulo, Eros Ramazzotti, Chris Cornell, Deep Purple, Elton John, Jim Jefferies, Julio Iglesias, Brian Wilson, Foreigner, Simply Red, Megadeath, Tame Impala, Scorpions, Blue Oyster Cult, Sia.

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.

LIKE us on Facebook
FOLLOW us on Twitter & Instagram
SIGN our Anti-Boycott Petition
 ​www.creativecommunityforpeace.com
 


Support artistic freedom and donate to the only organization focused on countering the cultural boycott of Israel. 


We thank the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles for its generous
Cutting Edge Grant that is allowing us to expand our work. 
Share
Tweet
Forward
+1
Copyright © 2015
Creative Community For Peace, All rights reserved.


Our mailing address is:
Info@creativecommunityforpeace.com

unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences