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Lana Melman, CEO of Liberate Art Inc., is a leader in combating cultural boycotts against Israel. A 25-year veteran of the entertainment industry, Ms. Melman is a writer, speaker and Hollywood liaison connecting the international creative community with Israel.

ARTICLES BY: Lana Melman


June 13, 2018 8:05 am
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Why Artists Must Oppose the Boycott Israel Movement

One hundred artists, filmmakers, writers, and other cultural workers have called for a boycott of an artist-run gallery in Glendale, California -- a town less...

May 2, 2018 8:10 am
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Natalie Portman PR Fiasco Gets Cheers from BDS

In case you missed the recent, ground-shaking news: Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman declined to go to Israel to accept the Genesis Award, which recognizes...

April 20, 2018 12:03 pm
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Artists Speak Out for Israel on Independence Day

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,...

February 15, 2018 3:43 pm
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Justice for Oxfam’s Anti-Israel Bigotry?

Minnie Driver has stepped down from her role as Oxfam​ Ambassador because of allegations that staff for the charity -- in Haiti and other countries...

February 12, 2018 2:51 pm
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The Role of Entertainers in BDS: Engine or Caboose?

What role do entertainers play in the cultural boycott campaign against Israel? Is this an artist movement or a grassroots political campaign? And what part...

January 5, 2018 11:21 am
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Good Lorde, Another Cancellation

The New Zealand songstress Lorde recently buckled under pressure from the boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel -- and cancelled her June concert...

September 20, 2017 9:46 am
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Art, Man and God

I wonder what our prayers sound like to God during these Days of Awe. As the Earth spins on its axis and Jews across the globe...

August 9, 2017 10:48 am
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Do You Think the Cultural BDS Movement Is Failing? Think Again

Do you think that the cultural boycott campaign against Israel is a colossal failure? Think again. Scotland's Sunday Herald recently published an open letter signed by artists, media workers and academics that called for...

July 14, 2017 10:19 am
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Artists Boycotting Other Artists Will Not Lead to Peace

An open letter published by the anti-Israel group Adalah-NY and signed by more than 60 artists recently asked the Lincoln Center theater to cancel scheduled performances...

May 25, 2017 10:29 am
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Using Comedy to Heal the Wounds of Terror

I remember how I felt when I first saw Paradise Now, the 2006 Oscar-nominated film about two Palestinian men solicited to become suicide bombers in Israel. At the end...

May 12, 2017 11:13 am
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Don’t Ignore the Cultural Boycott of Israel

Nearly 50 artists, including Roger Waters, Thurston Moore, Julie Christie and Mike Leigh, recently signed an open letter to the English rock band Radiohead, urging them to cancel their...

August 12, 2016 4:10 am
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Artfully Countering BDS at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

How do you steal a beach? For the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel, the answer is: one grain of sand at a...

January 27, 2016 8:09 am
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An Iron Dome Against the Cultural Boycott of Israel

Prior to an Israeli Knesset conference this month concerning the delegitimization of Israel, MK Michael Oren called for a “legal and hasbara Iron dome.” The way...

November 4, 2015 8:01 am
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As Terror Strikes, a Message to Israel From the Diaspora

Fifty-four stabbings, 5 shootings, 5 car-rammings and daily news of seemingly endless strikes. Israel, you may be an island, but you are not alone. The Israel that...

Culture

Jewish Professional Dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy Wears Tefillin in New Instagram Video

Professional ballroom dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy shared a video on Tuesday of him putting on...

German Festival Cancels Scottish Band’s Concert Due to Its BDS Support

A German arts and music festival announced on Wednesday it was cancelling a concert...

Miss Israel and Miss Iraq Share Message of Peace at AJC Global Forum

Miss Israel Adar Gendelsman and Miss Iraq Sarah Idan together gave a speech about...

Features

Haley: UN Makes ‘Morally Bankrupt Judgement’ by Passing Resolution Against Israel

JNS.org - The UN General Assembly on Wednesday overwhelmingly voted to condemn Israel...

Toward a Judaism of Resistance

Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong. -- Joel 4:10 My first...

‘Fauda’ Creators Talk BDS, Critics, and Whether There Will Ever Be Peace

When Lior Raz and Avi Issacharoff pitched their TV series about an undercover...

World

Trump Disapproval and Drop in Foreign Investment Among Fears Raised by Sout...

Senior diplomats in South Africa are reported to be at "loggerheads" with the ruling African National Congress (ANC) over plans...

Israel

Netanyahu Gets Impromptu Visit From Head of Indonesia’s Largest Muslim Or...

JNS.org - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu got an impromptu meeting with the leader of Indonesia’s largest Muslim organization. Yahya Cholil Staquf,...

Middle East

Report: Hezbollah Rejects Russian Request to Withdraw From Syrian Positions

JNS.org - Hezbollah, the Lebanon-based Shi’ite terrorist organization, has rejected Russian demands to withdraw its forces from the Lebanese-Syrian border, a prominent Syrian-rights group indicated Thursday. According to the Syrian Observatory for...

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