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George Bisharat: Legal Scholar, Educator, and Blues Musician Palestinian-American Profiles
IMEU

George Bisharat: Legal Scholar, Educator, and Blues Musician

Reflecting on his career and writing, Bisharat explains, “Fighting injustice is what inspires me professionally, personally and creatively through my legal career, as an educator and as a musician.”

on July 10, 2018
Palestinian-American George Bisharat “Big Harp George” Releases Video for  “Alternative Facts” Palestinian-American Profiles
The IMEU

Palestinian-American George Bisharat “Big Harp George” Releases Video for “Alternative Facts”

Palestinian-American law professor turned blues musician George Bisharat has a new album out on July 16. Taking the blues world by storm as Big Harp George, his latest record, Uptown Cool, is already creating a lot of buzz. Alternative Facts is the first video off the album, a biting parody about living in a post-truth world brought on by the Trump administration.

on July 2, 2018
Vic Mensa Talks Palestine On Complex’s Late Night Show News Roundup
Complex

Vic Mensa Talks Palestine On Complex’s Late Night Show

Speaking on Complex's late night show, hip-hop star Vic Mensa explains why his trip to Israeli-occupied Palestine was "eye-opening," and how it exposed the reality of Israeli-imposed segregation in the city of Hebron.

on June 9, 2018
Roger Waters Recites Palestinian Poem on Anti-Trump Song “Supremacy” News Roundup
Maggie Serota, SPIN

Roger Waters Recites Palestinian Poem on Anti-Trump Song “Supremacy”

Roger Waters teamed up with Palestinian band Le Trio Joubran to record “Supremacy,” a rebuke to the Trump administration’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and eventually move the U.S. embassy there. The move was considered a major setback to the Middle East peace process.

on March 14, 2018
Lorde’s Artistic Right to Cancel Gig in Tel Aviv Op-Eds & Analysis
The Guardian

Lorde’s Artistic Right to Cancel Gig in Tel Aviv

We write in support of Lorde, who made public her decision not to perform in Israel and has now been branded a bigot in a full page advertisement in the Washington Post. Shmuley Boteach, the author and promoter of the advert, supports Israel’s illegal settlements and wrote last month on Breitbart to thank Donald Trump for “electrifying the world” with his recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in defiance of international law.

on January 5, 2018
Thom Yorke on Radiohead Israel Concert: “We Don’t Endorse Netanyahu Any More Than Trump” News Roundup
Matthew Strauss, Pitchfork

Thom Yorke on Radiohead Israel Concert: “We Don’t Endorse Netanyahu Any More Than Trump”

Thom Yorke has released a new statement about Radiohead’s decision to play a concert in Tel Aviv, Israel on July 19. “Playing in a country isn’t the same as endorsing its government,” Yorke writes. “We’ve played in Israel for over 20 years through a succession of governments...

on July 11, 2017
Thom Yorke Rejects New Calls to Cancel Radiohead’s Israel Concert News Roundup
Rolling Stone

Thom Yorke Rejects New Calls to Cancel Radiohead’s Israel Concert

Thom Yorke continued to defend Radiohead's decision to play a concert in Israel after British filmmaker Ken Loach once again urged the band to call off their July 19th gig in Tel Aviv in an op-ed for The Independent. Loach is among many musicians and activists calling on Radiohead...

on July 11, 2017
Radiohead Are Wrong to Play in Israel. Here’s Why Op-Eds & Analysis
Dave Randall, The Guardian

Radiohead Are Wrong to Play in Israel. Here’s Why

Next Wednesday (19 July), Radiohead will step on stage in Tel Aviv in knowing and deliberate contravention of the boycott of Israel called for by Palestinian civil society and adhered to by leading cultural figures. In so doing, they will lose the respect of thousands of music fans across the region and around the world.

on July 11, 2017
Radiohead Need to Join the Cultural Boycott of Israel – Why Won’t They Meet with Me to Discuss It? Op-Eds & Analysis
Ken Loach, Independent

Radiohead Need to Join the Cultural Boycott of Israel – Why Won’t They Meet with Me to Discuss It?

I was surprised to read in Rolling Stone that Thom Yorke believed critics of Radiohead’s scheduled concert in Tel Aviv were simply “throwing shit” at the band in public, without speaking to them privately. This is both inaccurate and – even if it were accurate – quite irrelevant.

on July 11, 2017