Protest Idan Raichel's performance at the Beacon Theatre

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New York, NY, April 12th, 2015 – On the evening of Sunday April 12th, 40 New York human rights advocates from Adalah-NY, Jewish Voice for Peace, Jews Say No,  and others protested the performance by Israeli singer Idan Raichel at the Beacon Theatre at 75th St. and Broadway. Idan Raichel calls himself a cultural ambassador for Israel and is an outspoken and uncritical supporter of the Israeli army (photos). His band, The Idan Raichel Project, is part of the Israeli government’s Brand Israel public relations campaign, which uses art and music to distract from Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights.

Although he presents himself as a proponent of peace, Raichel has strong ties to the Israeli military. In his endorsement of the right-wing US organization Thank Israeli Soldiers, he said that supporting Israeli soldiers “is a fulfillment of the Jewish ideal.” Raichel performed for the army before, during, and after its August 2014 attack on Gaza, which killed over 2100 Palestinians, including 500 children. Even more recently he began his US tour by attending a gala fundraiser for Friends of IDF.

Boycott Idan Raichel

Idan Raichel calls himself a cultural ambassador for Israel. He is an outspoken and uncritical supporter of the Israeli army. The Idan Rachel Project is part of the Israeli government’s Brand Israel public relations campaign, using the arts and culture to cover up Israel’s brutal repression of the Palestinian people.

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If you haven't yet signed our open letter calling on the Beacon Theatre to take a stand against oppression and cancel The Idan Raichel Project, please click here to sign. (And after you sign, please share with friends.)

This action, part of the cultural boycott campaign, will show what culture for liberation and freedom can look like. It is part of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) movement, which puts pressure on Israel by sending the message that there will be no business as usual until Israel ends its occupation, colonization, and apartheid policies.

Event Endorsements: 

CODEPINK NYC
International Socialist Organization In NYC
Jewish Voice for Peace - New York City
Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) - Westchester
Jews Say No! (JSN!)
Librarians and Archivists with Palestine (LAP)
Queers Against Israeli Apartheid (QAIA) NYC
Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), The New School
WESPAC Foundation
Women in Black Union Square

Event Location: 

Beacon Theatre
Broadway between 74th and 75th St.
New York , NY

Event Date: 

Sunday, April 12, 2015 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm

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