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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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Israel: Dutch street band attacked with tear gas

1 August 2011

During their performance in the Palestinian village Kufr Qadum in northern West Bank, the street orchestra Fanfare van de Eerste Liefdesnacht (The First Night of Love Brass Band) from the Netherlands was attacked with tear gas by the Israeli army, reported Palestine News Network on 29 July 2011. According to …

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Palestine: Darg Team

17 November 2010

Rappers Fadi and Bess speak about freedom of expression in Palestine   Freemuse interview with two members of the hip-hop group Darg Team from Gaza Town — about their experiences with censorship because they use their music to communicate critical and political messages, and about the negative image hip-hop has …

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Darg Team

17 November 2010

Rappers Fadi and Bess speak about freedom of expression in Palestine   Freemuse interview with two members of the hip-hop group Darg Team from Gaza Town — about their experiences with censorship because they use their music to communicate critical and political messages, and about the negative image hip-hop has …

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