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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


July 15, 2019 7:01 am
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BDS Pressure Can’t — and Won’t — Stop Musicians from Performing in Israel

Jennifer Lopez (JLo) will be performing in Israel on August 1. Bon Jovi will grace Yarkon Park in Tel Aviv for the second time on...

February 7, 2019 8:10 am
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BDS Plays a Nazi Tune Outside Carnegie Hall

There was a lot to jeer at this past Sunday. I'm not referring to the lackluster Super Bowl game in Atlanta, but rather the shameful...

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...

Culture

Mourning a Jewish Man of Laughter

He was a prankster who loved to wear purple. He was a devoted father of two young girls. His phone...

Food Scholar Adam Richman Shares Emotional Moment at the Western Wall

Jewish TV personality and food expert Adam Richman visited the Western Wall in...

Features

New ‘Brave’ Approach to Combating Antisemitism on College Campuses

JNS.org - A new project called “Brave” is bringing together veterans of the...

In an Era of BDS, Kids Connect to Israel at Summer Camp

JNS.org - Aviva Weinstein fell in love with Israel thousands of miles from the Jewish homeland -- at Camp Ramah...

An Incredible Auschwitz Exhibit and Experience Comes to New York

  JNS.org - A new exhibit at New York City’s Museum of Jewish Heritage-A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is filled...

World

Head of German Jewish Council Says Extreme Right Poses ‘Greatest Dang...

In a newspaper interview published over the weekend, the head of Germany's Jewish community stated that right-wing extremism posed the...

Israel

Seventeen-Year-Old Palestinian Indicted for Trying to Lynch Jewish Man in E...

A 17-year-old Palestinian was indicted by an Israeli court on Tuesday for attempting to lynch a Jewish man in eastern...

Middle East

Palestinian Authority Bans LGBTQ Activity in West Bank

  JNS.org - The Palestinian Authority has decided to ban Palestinians who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) from politically organizing in the West Bank. The move came as the...

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