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Hollywood Breaks Its Silence on Israel; Nearly 200 Signatories and Growing

Hollywood Breaks Its Silence on Israel; Nearly 200 Signatories and Growing

Nearly 200 Hollywood heavyweights and entertainers, from Arnold Schwarzenegger to Ziggy Marley, are speaking out, breaking Hollywood’s silence on current events in Israel. Signatories include Bill Maher, Gary Barber, Kathy Ireland, Ron Fair, Minnie Driver, Avi Arad, Sylvester Stallone, Jody Gerson, Scooter Braun, Ivan Reitman, Seth Rogen, William Friedkin, Tom Arnold, Sarah Silverman, Haim Saban, and many more.

Creative Community For Peace (CCFP), an organization of prominent entertainment industry executives devoted to using art and music to build bridges for peace, brought its members and friends in the industry together in this shared commitment to peace and justice.

The statement (creativecommunityforpeace.com/justice), which expresses mainstream Hollywood support for Israel's right to defend its people against the terrorist organization known as Hamas as well as empathy for the loss of all innocent lives, will run in major industry publications, including Billboard, Variety, and the Hollywood Reporter, beginning August 23. The message from members of Hollywood to their peers is clear. The signatories want to set the record straight and to have their voices heard.

The campaign rapidly took off as CCFP’s advisory board members, along with other prominent industry leaders, began reaching out to their friends and associates. “We are heartened to have received such an enormous response from within the industry -- from artists to producers, agents, attorneys, managers, and industry executives -- which is gratifying especially as we witness the disturbing growth of anti-Semitism around the globe. We fully expect the list of signatories to continue to grow," said David Renzer, CCFP co-founder and chairman of Spirit Music Group.

“We are asking fans of art and music to spread our message through a social media campaign using the hashtag #CCFPandFriends,” said Lana Melman, CCFP director.

More than three thousand rockets have been fired from Gaza toward Israeli population centers over the course of the conflict. Many international artists, including the Backstreet Boys, Lana Del Rey, Neil Young, and CeeLo Green, were forced to reschedule their performances in Israel due to this threat.

CCFP opposes the singling out of Israel for a cultural boycott and helps provide balance to the dialogue regarding Israel's role in today's tumultuous Middle East. Steve Schnur, president, EA Music Group and CCFP co-founder, explained, "We and all of our friends in Hollywood hope for a speedy end to the conflict so that artists can resume travel to Israel and see for themselves the country's thriving democracy, its rich culture, and its people's profound desire for peace, once again allowing the power of art and music to bring people together."

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 August 2014 12:30 )

 

Stiviano’s New Suit Claims Donald Sterling is Gay

Stiviano’s New Suit Claims Donald Sterling is Gay

V. Stiviano, Donald Sterling’s presumed girlfriend, claims in her most recent lawsuit in her ongoing war with Shelly Sterling that she never actually slept with Donald St...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 August 2014 12:30 )

Sarah Silverman Thanks Her "Jews" for Emmy Win

Sarah Silverman Thanks Her

Comedian Sarah Silverman accepts 2014 Emmy Award with a call out to her Jews at Monday, August 25’s award ceremony.

Silverman received the Emmy for Best Writing for a Vari...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 August 2014 12:31 )

PBS Presents Documentary on Jewish Impact on NYC Garment Center

PBS Presents Documentary on Jewish Impact on NYC Garment Center

This is a program about fashion – not only the kind of fashion that struts its stuff on the runways of the world’s renowned fashion shows – but the fashion that unfashion...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 August 2014 12:31 )

Jewish Folk Musician Daniel Gil Releases Newest CD, Hava Nagila, For Real

Jewish Folk Musician Daniel Gil Releases Newest CD, Hava Nagila, For Real

Daniel Gil, a Jewish composer and folk musician from Sharon, MA, is preparing to release his newest CD, Hava Nagila, For Real. This new album which was arranged, recorded...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 August 2014 12:31 )

Yiddish Tango Reflects Jewish Life in Argentina

Yiddish Tango Reflects Jewish Life in Argentina

For most people, tango evokes a passionate dance form.

For Argentine-born Gustavo Bulgach, tango is music with an attitude.

“Tango means the blues. Tango is not just tango ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 August 2014 12:31 )

BMCC Center Features 14 Groundbreaking Contemporary Artists

BMCC Center Features 14 Groundbreaking Contemporary Artists

Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC) of the City University of New York (CUNY) will launch this fall, a new series of curated exhibits, ART AHEAD.

“Material Way,”...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 August 2014 12:32 )

United Airlines Lures Top Fliers with Hot Meal Promise

United Airlines Lures Top Fliers with Hot Meal Promise

United Airlines is trying to win the hearts of frequent business travelers, by going through their stomachs.

Many of their top fliers defected to other carriers after a ro...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 August 2014 12:34 )

Uptick Predicted for Labor Day Travel

Uptick Predicted for Labor Day Travel

This Labor Day weekend is predicted to have a two percent rise in air travel compared with the same holiday weekend last year, according to a trade group for the nation's...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 August 2014 12:34 )

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