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Palestine/Israel: Amal Murkus

9 October 2002

Amal – Palestinian singer born and living in Israel – and rejected by every major Israeli record company, has set new standards in expressions based on cross Mediterranean influences. Amal, singing in Arabic of suffering, sadness and hope, is constantly on the forefront in the fight against the exclusion and …

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Israel: Chava Alberstein banned

2 July 2002

Singer boycotted for critizing the Israeli government Filled with sly humor or sharp criticism of the country’s policies, Alberstein has taken a stand, criticizing Israel’s handling of the Palestinean uprisings. As a result, her music has been banned in the Israeli radio Singer Chava Alberstein is among the most popular – …

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Barenboim plays wagner in Jerusalem

9 July 2001

Playing Wagner in Israel has always been considered very controversial. Conductor Daniel Barenboim got very mixed responses when he played a piece from Wagner’s “Tristan and Isolde” as an encore. “He raped us” says Simon Wiesenthal Centre representative. Read full story from BBC  

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Israel: The Current Wave of the Wagner Debate

20 May 2001

By Mr. Noam Ben-Zeev, Israel. Music Critic & Journalist at Haaretz Daily. Also a Lecturer at Alon School for the Arts & Sciences.   A new wave of the bitter debate, whether the music of Richard Wagner should be performed in Israel, has started again in the past few weeks …

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Israel: On the road to McCarthyism?

24 April 2001

Israel: On the road to McCarthyism? The artistic establishment in Israel, whose job it is to support the activities of artists and defend their rights, decided to exercise its authority and impose censorship under the guise of various pretexts. Story from Haaretz

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Xuman

18 April 2001

This seminar, attended by 50 Afghans from all over the world, was arranged to follow up the recommendations of the report “Can You Stop the Birds Singing?” – The Censorship of Music in Afghanistan, published by Freemuse, April 2001. A total of 200 participants and 30 speakers from 20 different …

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1950-1969 Middle East, North Africa

1 January 2001

1950. Egypt. Belly dance Historically speaking, dancing and sex have had a long and sordid affair. During the 1950s, belly-dancing was forbidden in Egypt because of its perceived lewdness. 1965. Israel. The Beatles British super group The Beates were due to play a gig in Israel in 1965, but were …

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1900-1949 Middle East, North Africa

1 January 2001

100s. Israel / Palestine Instruments were essentially banished from the synagogue after the destruction of the Second Temple, a ban which served as both a sign of national mourning and a bid to dissuade Jews from listening to secular music.The ban largely remained in place for another 1,500 years or …

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Paul McCartney

2 January 2000

PAUL MCCARTNEY Russian politicians: no McCartney in Red Square A large group of Russian MPs is trying to ban a concert by Paul McCartney in Red Square 23 May 2003   Israel: British musician defied death threats by militants Paul McCartney defied death threats by religious militants in the Middle …

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Richard Wagner

2 January 2000

Barenboim plays wagner in Jerusalem Famous conductor causes great turmoil by playing Wagner encore at national festival 09 July 2001   Israel: The Current Wave of the Wagner Debate The “pro and contra Wagner” debate in Israel is multifaceted and charged with much emotion. Article 20 May 2001

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