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Artists Speak Out for Israel on Independence Day

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Ziggy Marley. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Liberate Art, founded less than three years ago, connects the international entertainment community and Israel, creating fresh content and important events.

In celebration of Israeli Independence Day, I wanted to share a few of our videos featuring artists speaking out in support of Israel.

In 2015, we brought together seven-time Grammy winner Ziggy Marley and the Jewish National Fund (JNF), in celebration of their clean water initiative. Marley’s heartfelt expression of love for the Jewish state was picked up by numerous international publications, and went viral.

Every year, comic Avi Liberman raises awareness for victims of terror by bringing top comedians to Israel with his Comedy for Koby tour. In this interview, he talked about the importance of artists seeing Israel for themselves, and how he came to embrace his faith and heritage in his act.

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At the end of last year, we created an important event — featuring artists speaking out about the anti-Israel BDS movement — in conjunction with Israel Bonds and Wilshire Boulevard Temple, called “Defending Artistic Expression.” Here, musician Alan Parsons states his opinion that “entertainers should stick to entertaining and stay out of politics.” 

Although artists who support a boycott of the Jewish homeland — like Roger Waters and Lorde — get most of the attention, the vast majority of artists reject this bigotry.

In the words of Alan Parsons, BDS “is a campaign for a boycott. It is not a boycott,” and that’s something to celebrate on Israel’s 70th.

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