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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


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...

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...

Features

Dairy, First Fruits, and More: Welcoming Shavuot With Customs of the Season

JNS.org - I’ve often heard, and many rabbis lament, that Shavuot is the only...

Tapping Into the Brilliance of Israel and the Zionist Dream

JNS.org - As Israel celebrates its 70th birthday, the global Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) movement has been propagating the idea of...

Reminiscing: Israel at 70

I celebrated my 12th birthday one week before the birth of the State of Israel. I was about to begin lessons...

World

Anti-Israel Protesters Shout Down Amb. Nikki Haley at University of Houston

Washington’s ambassador to the United Nations was interrupted by protesters waving Palestinians flags while speaking at the University of Houston in Texas on Tuesday. Less than three minutes after taking the...

Israel

Minister Says US May Soon Recognize Israel’s Hold on Golan

Israel is pressing the Trump administration to recognize its sovereignty over the Golan Heights, an Israeli cabinet minister said on Wednesday, predicting US assent could come within months. Interviewed by Reuters, Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz...

Middle East

Syria Says Iranian Withdrawal Not Up for Discussion

The withdrawal of Iranian forces is not up for discussion, the Syrian deputy foreign minister was quoted as saying on Wednesday, after Washington demanded they pull out of Syria's conflict. US...

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