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Israel Festival Hit Hard By Boycott in Wake of Gaza Assault, Director Admits


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Carrie
- 1385 days ago - electronicintifada.net
Israel's flagship annual cultural festival has been forced to curtail its 2015 schedule because last summer's assault on Gaza and the growing impact of Palestinian calls for cultural boycott are making it harder to attract international artists.



   

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Darren Woolsey (218)
Saturday May 2, 2015, 3:02 pm
This is a shame.
Shared.
Thanks Carrie.
 

Angelika R (143)
Saturday May 2, 2015, 3:32 pm
Thx, an interesting article!
"“We are seeing culture as a hasbara tool of the first rank, and I do not differentiate between hasbara and culture,” Israeli foreign ministry official Nissim Ben-Sheetrit explained in 2005."
Maybe we ought to start seeing certain comments here as culture then..? how bizarre.

But good news there -"In February, more than 700 creative professionals living in the United Kingdom – including writers, visual artists, actors, musicians and many others – signed a pledge to boycott collaboration with Israeli state-funded projects."
I saw that Roger Waters call and there was also a petition to once again urge Robbie Williams to cancel his concert.
 

. (0)
Saturday May 2, 2015, 4:04 pm
This is what comes of being humanity's No1 pariah and threat to world peace.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 3, 2015, 7:56 am
Bah Ha Ha Ha!!! You told you this??? Someone from the intifarta.....and I bet you believe it because THEY told you so??

Did they also tell you how many performances are already sold out..................?
 

Carol R (11)
Monday May 4, 2015, 6:47 am
Thanks Carrie.
 

Yvonne Taylor (37)
Monday May 4, 2015, 12:40 pm
"Israel's Cultural Festival" Maybe they will do better when they can stop being so prejudiced?
 

Janet B (0)
Monday May 4, 2015, 2:16 pm
Thanks
 

Past Member (0)
Monday May 4, 2015, 3:08 pm
Electronic Intifada is a Palestinian Arab extremist and hate site. It exists on stolen EU money. EU protested PA funding this site, and at some point PA listened and this site was stopped.

Looks like now PA took Europeans for forgetful fools, and resumed its funding. This site is a source of hate and lies, spread by Islamist PR workers all over the world.

Carrie does what she usually does.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday May 4, 2015, 3:09 pm
Electronic Intifada is a Palestinian Arab extremist and hate site. It exists on stolen EU money. EU protested PA funding this site, and at some point PA listened and this site was stopped.

Looks like now PA took Europeans for forgetful fools, and resumed its funding. This site is a source of hate and lies, spread by Islamist PR workers all over the world.

Carrie does what she usually does.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday May 4, 2015, 3:10 pm
Electronic Intifada is a Palestinian Arab extremist and hate site. It exists on stolen EU money. EU protested PA funding this site, and at some point PA listened and this site was stopped.

Looks like now PA took Europeans for forgetful fools, and resumed its funding. This site is a source of hate and lies, spread by Islamist PR workers all over the world.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday May 4, 2015, 3:14 pm
I am sorry for repeating the post, it was not showing up after I pressed Submit button.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday May 4, 2015, 3:40 pm
Hey, why don't one of you try buying tickets?? LOLOL!
 

Carrie B (306)
Monday May 4, 2015, 4:15 pm
Sorry Barbara, but I have a limited budget and I just made a donation to the Holocaust Museum.
 

Past Member (0)
Monday May 4, 2015, 4:20 pm
Not to worry....they're sold out. SRO. LOLOL!!!
 

TOM T (247)
Tuesday May 5, 2015, 8:43 am


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ParsifalAWAY S (99)
 

ParsifalAWAY S (99)
Tuesday May 5, 2015, 10:35 am

BTW, I've gladly signed - what a wonderful, strong Lady
 

ParsifalAWAY S (99)
 

Bruce C D (89)
Tuesday May 5, 2015, 4:03 pm
More hasbara nonsense and lies/ignorance. The hasbara is merely positing the false claim that advocacy for Palestinian's rights and criticism of Israel is anti-Semitism in order to muzzle free speech with which they disagree.

EI is not funded by the EU or any government. Part of its funding (about a third since 2006) does come from the Interchurch Organisation for Development Cooperation (ICCO), which is partially subsidized by the Dutch government. However, no government funds are used by ICCO for its support of Electronic Intifada. The bulk of EI's funding is through private donations from its readership.

Marinus Verweij, chairman of ICCO’s executive board said "The EI reports frequently about the violations of human rights and international humanitarian law by the State of Israel. In no way is the EI anti-Israel or anti-Semitic." He described Electronic Intifada as "an important source of information from the occupied Palestinian territories" frequently used by newspapers such as The Washington Post and the Financial Times.

On 26 November 2010 Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal who is Jewish and has an Israeli wife, said "I will look into the matter personally. If it appears that the government subsidized NGO ICCO does fund Electronic Intifada, it will have a serious problem with me." Rosenthal later told IKON radio that "anti-semitism is not the issue..."

EI co-founder MP Arjan El-Fassed, who also wrote for the website Al-Awda, told major Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant that the fuss created by NGO Monitor was related to one quote from an interview with the Jewish Holocaust survivor and anti-Zionist Hajo Meyer in June 2009. Meyer told EI: 'I can write up an endless list of similarities between Nazi Germany and Israel.'

In the same article, the Director of the Centre for Information and Documentation Israel (CIDI), Ronnie Naftaniel, asserted that The Electronic Intifada is not an anti-Semitic website.

On 14 January 2011, ICCO decided not change its policy even after a discussion held with the Dutch foreign minister. In response to ICCO's decision, the Jerusalem Post reports that Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal "will monitor ICCO’s activities. He will consider this as a minus when he makes up the balance when ICCO applies again in new a subsidies-round," said Ward Bezemer, a spokesman for Rosenthal."

Partos, a national umbrella for more than a hundred Dutch civil society organizations in the international development cooperation sector, strongly condemned Rosenthal's threats to ICCO's funding. "Rosenthal's position vis-à-vis ICCO creates a dangerous precedent for the future. Development organisations will have to continue to fight for an independent voice in the debate. Partos will ... [fight] for that."

In April 2011, Professor of International Cooperation Studies Paul Hoebink argued that Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal has no say in Dutch government funding to ICCO because Minister Ben Knapen holds the portfolio. In addition, ICCO's contribution to The Electronic Intifada is paid with ICCO's own funds. Professor of International Law and Dutch politicians for the Labour Party, Nico Schrijver considered Rosenthal's threat to cut government funding if ICCO continues its financial support to The Electronic Intifada as a very worrying.

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Odious NGO Monitor smears Electronic Intifada, tries to cut funding

NGO Monitor was captured perfectly in The Forward by liberal jewish thinker Leonard Fine who said it was “an organization that believes that the best way to defend Israel is to condemn anyone who criticizes it.” But now, no longer satisfied with its McCarthyite efforts to not just condemn, but actually take down respected human rights organizations, it is seeking to stop critical funding of the Electronic Intifada, a key media source for information and analysis about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Electronic Intifada (EI) is a pioneering online news outlet that has been an essential resource for activists, scholars and journalists since its inception in 2002. Its coverage is unapologetically sympathetic to the Palestinian struggle for human rights, grounded in an understanding of international law and universal human rights. Years before the current proliferation of blogs and alternate news sources, EI was there first, providing a much needed antidote to one-sided mainstream news coverage of Israel and Palestine. And they continue to provide original reporting and news and analysis you still can’t get anywhere else.

Which perhaps is why NGO Monitor has made the preposterous claim that EI is “an anti-Semitic website,” stunningly based on the fact that one staffer is a supporter of the BDS movement and executive director, Ali Abunimah, in his non EI-related speaking engagements, “calls for a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and routinely uses false apartheid rhetoric.” Really? This is what they’ve got? (They’d have to start throwing a lot of Jewish Israeli government officials into the anti-Semite dungeon if invoking ‘apartheid” is officially verboten… and Abunimah’s one state is different in substance but certainly similar in form to an increasing number of Israeli right-wingers who also push for a “one state solution”. And then there’s the entirely reasonable observation that we seem to already have a de-facto one state after 43 some years of occupation.. but I digress)

Yet another of thousands of such a ridiculous claims would be laughable if NGO Monitor didn’t have a card up its sleeve–EI gets about one third of its funding from a Dutch government-funded aid organization. According to the Jerusalem Post, NGO Monitor’s unsubstantiated charges


“prompted Dutch Foreign Minister Uri Rosenthal to say on Thursday to the Post, “I will look into the matter personally. If it appears that the government subsidized NGO ICCO does fund Electronic Intifada, it will have a serious problem with me.”

As EI has documented in this must-read report, NGO Monitor has very close ties to the far-right. They use the language of NGO (non-governmental organization) transparency to go after funding of Israeli and other human rights groups and funders (including the New Israel Fund and Amnesty International) while remaining completely silent on Israel’s funding-dependent and law-breaking settler groups. EI writes:

NGO Monitor is an extreme right-wing group with close ties to the Israeli government, military, West Bank settlers, a man convicted of misleading the US Congress, and to notoriously Islamophobic individuals and organizations in the United States….

NGO Monitor’s attack on The Electronic Intifada is part of a well-financed, Israeli-government endorsed effort to silence reporting about and criticism of Israel by attacking so-called “delegitimizers” — those who speak about well-documented human rights abuses, support boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS), or promote full equality for Palestinians. Last February, The Electronic Intifada reported that a leading Israeli think-tank had recommended a campaign of “sabotage” against Israel’s critics as a matter of state policy (“Israel’s new strategy: “sabotage” and “attack” the global justice movement,” 16 February 2010).

NGO Monitor has already been at the forefront of a campaign to crush internal dissent by Jewish groups in Israel that want to see Israel’s human rights record improved.

The Jerusalem-based organization poses as a project concerned with accountability for nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), but as Israeli human rights activist and journalist Didi Remez has stated, “NGO Monitor is not an objective watchdog: It is a partisan operation that suppresses its perceived ideological adversaries through the sophisticated use of McCarthyite techniques — blacklisting, guilt by association and selective filtering of facts” (“Bring on the transparency,” Haaretz, 26 November 2009).

There is good news here- thus far EI reports that no action has been taken thus far to end their funding. Presumably anyone who does so would have to actually substantiate NGO Monitor’s spurious charges. Good luck with that.

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“Israel’s new strategy: “sabotage” and “attack” the global justice movement.” Now, why does that precisely describe hasbara behavior?
 

Bruce C D (89)
Tuesday May 5, 2015, 7:06 pm
From the article:

....increasing resistance among cultural workers to being used in Israeli propaganda or simply being associated with Israel’s blood-soaked reputation.

“Now, in 2015, there is really no excuse for musicians agreeing to play in Tel Aviv,” Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters recently wrote. “We are approaching the same tipping point as when artists lent their support to the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa.”

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I agree; there is no excuse for artists to lend legitimacy to Israel's apartheid regime. What would be nice is to see more artists playing for Palestinians in the Occupied Territories in a show of solidarity and support. It seems to me that would be one way to help reduce the violence, while also working to end the injustice.
 

Diane K (134)
Tuesday May 5, 2015, 7:59 pm
Thanks
 

ParsifalAWAY S (99)
Tuesday May 5, 2015, 8:25 pm

Bruce:

'More hasbara nonsense and lies/ignorance'.

Yeah, but the authorities of c2 would not mind and look away, make themselves complicit to the warmongering and deception of a ultra-nationalistic, fascist mafia....
WHY IS THIS !
 

fly bird (26)
Tuesday May 5, 2015, 10:03 pm
Thank Ms. Lauryn for Taking a Stand for Freedom, Justice, and Equality! ACTION ~ PLEASE SIGN!

http://www.care2.com/news/member/827551733/3878076
 

Arild Gone for now (174)
Wednesday May 6, 2015, 2:11 am
“This year’s festival was produced with a shortened schedule against the background of Operation Protective Edge,” Sher says, “and had to face, like many cultural and academic bodies in the country, BDS [boycott divestment and sanctions].”

Looks like BDS is working.
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 6, 2015, 7:11 am
She was supposed to be giving a concurrent concert in Ramallah......curious as to why she isn't performing there? LOLOL!
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 6, 2015, 7:21 am
Electronic Intifada as "an explicitly pro-Palestinian political and ideological Web site".[8] that hosts "anti-Israel propaganda."[9]

Islamist and Arab propaganda is much better developed, that Isaeli one. This is where teh Arabs and Islamists achieved great success, not in science or technology, like Israelis.

Watch how Arab lobby manipulates even Wikipedia:
http://honestreporting.com/exposed-anti-israeli-subversion-on-wikipedia/
 

ParsifalAWAY S (99)
Wednesday May 6, 2015, 10:53 am

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