Queen, Santana, Sia, Pharrell, Pat Metheny, and many more.
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Summer Newsletter - Volume 5 Issue 2
Dear Friends,

We have been busy reaching out to artists and their managment and are happy to report that, despite boycott pressure, Israel has an amazing summer and fall concert season lined up.  From legends QueenSantana and Chick Corea, to the latest pop and rock stars icluding Pharrell, Sia, and Tame Impala, the lineup has something for everyone! 

See additional list of artists scheduled to perform at the bottom of this email and support their shows on social media.  

However, challenges remain. Artists scheduled to perform in Israel continue to be attacked on social media, through personal letters, and other means. At UC Irvine, students were prevented from entering or leaving the screening of an Israeli film. In the UK, the Independent Label Market (ILM), a marketplace for Independent record labels, publicly declined to host a marketplace in Tel Aviv. And in Ireland, an international writers festival refused funding from the Israeli government.  

While the boycott Israel movement becomes more organized and more vocal – CCFP has responded to these events by deepening our outreach, education and partnerships and by standing up for freedom of expression and the democratic values we all cherish.

Support the only global organization countering the cultural boycott of Israel. 

Santana Donating Proceeds of Upcoming Tel Aviv Concert 
The band will be making a donation from ticket sales of their upcoming July concert to help "heal Israeli and Palestinian children innocently affected by this regions conflict."
Carlos Santana's cancelled 2010 concert was falsely claimed as victory by BDS.  In announcing his July 29 concert in Tel Aviv, he also issued a statement refuting the long-believed rumor.
Stevie Van Zandt Fights Against Cultural Boycott 
The guitarist responded to a tweet that called Israel an apartheid state with the following: "You and the other Israel boycotters are politically ignorant obnoxious idiots. Israel is one of our two friends in the Middle East. In addition to the fact that a boycott in that case would accomplish nothing. Go get educated."
CCFP Director Jill Hoyt Interviewed in the Algemeiner
“We hope people see Israel for themselves and play for their fans because music can be part of the solution.” Read the entire article. 
Kevin Costner in Israel for
'Criminal' Screening 

“I don’t ask anyone’s permission to travel. I’ve received lots of love here. I wouldn’t have missed that.” Costner responded when asked whether he was pressured by anti-Israel activists not to visit Israel.
Forbes 30 Under 30 in Israel
Forbes 30 Under 30 Summit kicked off in Tel Aviv in April with major influencers participating including actors Zosia Mamet and Evan Jonigkeit. In addition, one of the attendees, Broadway star Okieriete "Oak" Onaodowan from the hit Broadway musical "Hamilton," stopped by the YMCA Jerusalem Youth Chorus to conduct a workshop with Palestinian and Israeli high school singers.
Penn Festival Outcry
Penn American Center refused to to drop Israeli sponsorship from its annual festival, despite calls by dozens of members to do so. The center said  Center said they have a policy against “cultural boycotts of any kind” and believe in the need to “promote dialogue.”
Harassment, Hate and Intimidation at UC Irvine Film Screening
Students were forcibly prevented from entering or leaving a screening of an Israeli film at UC Irvine last month. Approximately 50 protesters attempted to force their way into the event with the goal of shutting it down, leading university police to escort attendees away for their safety.
Read more here
World Renowned Writers are Taking on Israeli/Palestinian Conflict
Writers Ayelet Waldman and Michael Chabon invited 24 esteemed authors on a trip to Israel with controversial NGO, 'Breaking the Silence' to work on a 
book of essays “marking the 50th anniversary of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.”
Read more here & here
Record Market Refuses Invite to
Tel Aviv

The Independent Label Market (ILM), a marketplace for Independent Record labels in London, publicly declined to host a marketplace in Tel Aviv, citing a cultural boycott of Israel. 
Read more here. 
Ireland Festival Refuses Funding from Israeli Embassy 
The Listowel Writers’ Week Festival in Ireland acceded to anti-Israel group's demands and refused funding from the Israeli embassy.  Even when controversial, even when difficult, even when it may be something with which we disagree, artistic expression adds something to the world. If one is opporsed to government funding of art then one would be hard-pressed to participate in any international festival.  If one is merely opposed to Israeli government funding of art then one is guilty of discrimination and double-standards.

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 this summer include: Pharrell and SiaPat Metheny, Alice Cooper, Foreigner, Simply Red, Wiz Khalifa, Tame Impala, Avicii, Santana, Louis CK, Chick Corea, Queen & Adam LambertMajor Lazer, The Chemical Brothers, and many many more. 

Creative Community for Peace (CCFP) is an entertainment industry organization that represents a cross-section of the creative world 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. Art and culture are essential ingredients in the human journey, critical to the well-being of society, to build trust and understanding, and to healing. 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.

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