Israel: Theatre director Zakaria Zubeidi released on bail

12 October 2012

Zakaria Zubeidi, theatre director and one of the founders of the Freedom Theatre in Jenin, Palestine, was released on 1 October 2012. He has been detained in a prison in Jericho since 13 May 2012, most of the time without charges. Zubeidi was detained during a wave of raids and …

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Israel: Film festival crumbles under the weight of censorship

3 September 2012

The international film festival ‘Through Women’s Eyes’ is held every two years and crumbles under the weight of censorship, reported SK Eyes Media on 30 August 2012. “Not only do the censors target this festival, they also view all movies screened during any public gatherings and other festivals in the …

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Israel: Two on hunger strike for The Freedom Theatre

27 July 2012

In an Israeli military court hearing on 5 July 2012, the Artistic Director of The Freedom Theatre, Nabil Al-Raee, was accused of possessing guns, and helping a wanted person (Zakaria Zubeidi) as well as three other wanted (but unnamed) persons. In response to the accusations Nabil declared that he is …

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Israel: Theatre director arrested by the Israeli army

8 June 2012

At approximately 3:15 in the morning of 6 June 2012, the Israeli army entered the home of Nabil Al-Raee, Artistic Director of The Freedom Theatre, and arrested him. The soldiers refused to tell Al-Raee’s wife where they’d be taking him and why.   Jonathan Stanczak, who will be on stage at …

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Israeli musicians plan to break Richard Wagner taboo

31 May 2012

A classical music event in Israel on 18 June 2012 is expected to break the country’s taboo on performing the music of Richard Wagner, the 19th century German composer and a well-known anti-Semite. The Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that the event, scheduled for 18 June 2012, will be an academic …

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Israeli cartoons removed from Facebook

30 May 2012

Four political satire images by the cartoonist Mysh have been removed from Facebook and Mysh’s account was suspended for three days as “punishment”, reported the liberal Jewish blogger Richard Silverstein. One of the censored cartoons was about the Israeli pogromists who assaulted African refugees in Tel Aviv. Others were The …

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German poet barred from visiting Israel

12 April 2012

Israel has declared the 84-year-old Nobel Prize-winning German poet Günter Grass a persona non grata.   On 7 April 2012, Israel’s Interior Minister Eli Yishai declared Günter Grass a persona non grata in Israel because he published a poem claiming that Israel is endangering world peace by threatening Iran. Eli …

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Israel: New Year’s concerts stopped

10 January 2012

Two concerts were stopped in Ramallah – both incidents are more or less related to the political situation in the area. Bloggers report that police stopped a concert with musician Basel Zayed and his group Turab during the Palestinian New Year’s festival at Arafat Square in Ramallah. The concert was …

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Israel: Women sing out in musical protest against orthodox prohibition

9 November 2011

  In response to the orthodox prohibition against women singers. Hila Bunyovich-Hoffman has announced a Tel Aviv street protest in which a group of women will stand in public and sing, to make their voices heard.   ‘Don’t stop singing’ On Friday 11 November 2011, Hila Bunyovich-Hoffman and a group …

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