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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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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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Israel: Rapper in Gaza struggles to make voices heard

22 October 2010

Sponsors, studio owners and party organisers shun Mothafar Assar’s Street Band Rappers due to Hamas disapproval, reported the British newspaper The Guardian. Read the full story here:     The Guardian – 20 October 2010: ‘Last rapper in Gaza struggles to make voice heard’    

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Israel: Singer punished with 39 lashes by rabbis

8 September 2010

“Artists who make men and women attend performances or dance together, have no place in the world to come,” says the Israeli rabbi Ben Zion Mutsafi. Because of a performance in front of a “mixed audience” of men and women, the singer Erez Yechiel was lashed 39 times by rabbis …

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Israel: Palestinian singer kidnapped and beaten by gunmen

28 October 2009

Palestinian singer Khalid Faraj was kidnapped, beaten up, and thrown in a field in Gaza by unidentified gunmen By SKeyes-Gaza, Center for Media and Cultural Freedom 28-year-old Palestinian singer Khalid Faraj was kidnapped at midnight on Monday 19 October 2009 at the entrance of An-Nafaq Street in Gaza City by …

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Israel/UK: Cancellation of show causes censorship row

4 May 2009

A London-performance of a group of 19-year-old Israeli soldiers turned singers was cancelled because the owners of the theatre hall claimed it was ‘political’. The organisers, the Zionist Federation, denied the claim and accused the theatre hall’s owners of censorship. The five soldiers from the Israeli Defence Force had been …

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UK / Israel: Cancellation of show causes censorship row

4 May 2009

A London-performance of a group of 19-year-old Israeli soldiers turned singers was cancelled because the owners of the theatre hall claimed it was ‘political’. The organisers, the Zionist Federation, denied the claim and accused the theatre hall’s owners of censorship. The five soldiers from the Israeli Defence Force had been …

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Israel: Palestinian youth orchestra disbanded

15 April 2009

Palestinian authorities has disbanded a youth orchestra and barred its Arab conductor, Wafa Younes, from a West Bank refugee camp after it played for a group of Holocaust survivors in Israel as part of the annual Good Deeds Day organised by Israeli billionaire Shari Arison. According to various sources neither …

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Israel: British musician defied death threats by militants

25 September 2008

British musician Paul McCartney defied death threats by religious militants in the Middle East before his concert in Israel where he performed in Tel Aviv for 40,000 fans on 25 September 2008 — 43 years after Israeli authorities banned the Beatles from performing there. “Paul McCartney survives landmark Israel gig,” …

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Israel: Conference about ‘music on troubled soils’

22 September 2008

Which role does music play for countries in conflict? Does music have a power to overcome physical or cultural barriers? Such questions will be investigated when musicians, politicians and experts from Europe, the United States and Africa gather in Jerusalem, Israel, on 23-26 October 2008 to discuss the role of …

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