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Lana Melman is a lawyer and expert on the cultural boycott, and 25-year veteran of the entertainment industry.

ARTICLES BY: Lana Melman


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...

September 13, 2015 5:40 am
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Why Boycotting Israeli Art Is an Attack on Our Humanity

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...

August 30, 2015 6:08 am
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Communist China and the BDS Movement Have a Lot in Common

The pandemic of artistic censorship spread last week, not only within China’s oppressive communist regime, but through the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) effort against...

July 19, 2015 12:30 pm
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If BDS Supports Tolerance, Why is it Trying to Suppress Free Speech?

The cultural boycott against Israel strikes at the heart of freedom of expression. The Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment (BDS) movement seeks to rob the world...

Culture

New Musical in New York Recalls Masada

In the 1500s, the Spaniards invaded Puerto Rico, enslaving and slaughtering the native Taíno people -- some of whom chose to escape...

Radiohead Rocks Tel Aviv With Longest Performance in 11 Years, Defying BDS

JNS.org - Some 50,000 Israelis flocked to Tel Aviv’s Hayarkon Park on Wednesday night...

Features

Canadian Islamist Groups Lose Charity Status Over Potential Militant Financing

Canadian authorities have stripped two former affiliates of the Islamic Society of North America's Canada...

A Tale of Two Palestinian Worlds

JNS.org - For slightly more than a decade, the two main areas slated for a future Palestinian state -- the disputed territories in...

World

World Council of Churches Endorses Palestinian Protests Over Temple Mount S...

The World Council of Churches (WCC) has declared its support for the Palestinian campaign against Israeli control of Jerusalem's holy...

Israel

Halamish Community Builds New Outpost After Deadly Palestinian Terror Attac...

JNS.org - Hundreds of residents from the West Bank community of Halamish gathered Sunday to erect a new settlement outpost in...

Middle East

Jordanian Killed, 2 Wounded in Shooting at Israeli Embassy in Amman

A protest outside the Israeli Embassy in Amman. Photo: file. A Jordanian citizen has been killed, and an Israeli and a Jordanian wounded, in a deadly shooting at the Israeli Embassy...

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