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WATCH: TV On The Radio, Das Racist Members Join Cultural Boycott of Israel News Roundup
Sameer Rao, Colorlines

WATCH: TV On The Radio, Das Racist Members Join Cultural Boycott of Israel

"How can I tour in Israel knowing Palestinian artists are denied the right to travel?" That's the question Tunde Adebimpe, lead singer of TV on the Radio, poses in a new video produced by Adalah-NY, a New York nonprofit that opposes Israel's decades-long occupation of Palestinian territories. Released as a part of the 10-year-old Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement (BDS Movement), the video also features, among others, Adebimpe's bandmate Kyp Malone, ex-Das Racist member Kool A.D. and singer-composer Tamar-kali.

on November 17, 2015
Roger Waters: ‘I Won’t Waste One Breath on Howard Stern’ News Roundup
Andy Greene, The Rolling Stone

Roger Waters: ‘I Won’t Waste One Breath on Howard Stern’

Few entertainers are as openly critical of the Israeli government as Roger Waters, a stance that has caused some of the country's defenders to label him an anti-Semite. In a soon-to-be-published interview with the Pink Floyd co-founder about his upcoming Wall tour CD and DVD/Blu-ray, Waters defends himself and his call for a cultural boycott of Israel.

on October 23, 2015
Palestinian: ‘I Shall Sing and Continue What I’ve Started’ Op-Eds & Analysis
Nai Barghouti, Indystar

Palestinian: ‘I Shall Sing and Continue What I’ve Started’

My Facebook feed is filled with terrifying videos. Fadi, a 19-year old Palestinian youth, is chased by a lynch mob of Israeli settlers in Jerusalem screaming for his death and is shot, execution-style by Israeli forces. Ahmad, a 13-year-old Palestinian boy is shot by Israeli police in an illegal Israeli settlement near Jerusalem.

on October 17, 2015
Lauryn Hill, Black Lives Matter Movement Support Palestinian Activists in New Video News Roundup
August Brown, Lost Angeles Times

Lauryn Hill, Black Lives Matter Movement Support Palestinian Activists in New Video

Black musicians have been some of the most outspoken figures in the movement against what they see as police state policies in America. Now singer Lauryn Hill has joined several African American artists and activists in connecting their cause with the Palestinian rights movement in Israel.

on October 15, 2015
Roger Waters to Jon Bon Jovi: “You Stand Shoulder to Shoulder With the Settler Who Burned the Baby” Op-Eds & Analysis
Roger Waters, Salon

Roger Waters to Jon Bon Jovi: “You Stand Shoulder to Shoulder With the Settler Who Burned the Baby”

Often in the past I have written detailed, and sometimes even persuasive, letters to colleagues in the music business, encouraging them not to give succor to the Israeli government’s apartheid policies by performing in Israel. Having read Jon’s comments last week in Yedioth Ahronoth, I won’t waste my time drawing parallels with Apartheid South Africa and the moral stand that so many artists took then and that thousands are taking now in the face of decades of Israeli oppression of Palestinians.

on October 2, 2015
In Palestinian Hip Hop, Even Love Songs Become Political News Roundup
Anna Kokko, Ma'an News Agency

In Palestinian Hip Hop, Even Love Songs Become Political

A Palestinian boy and a Jewish girl get stuck in the elevator. The girl changes her military uniform to civilian clothes, and the boy pays her a compliment: “Looks better on you, the green don’t suit you.” The girl responds: “Without the sniper lens, you look cute too.” This is the scene described in “Mama I fell in love with a Jew”, one of the most recent hits from Palestinian hip hop group DAM...

on August 18, 2015
In Palestine, A Child Of Violence Becomes A Music Educator News Roundup
NPR

In Palestine, A Child Of Violence Becomes A Music Educator

When the first Palestinian uprising began in the late 1980s, the images from the intifada showed exploding tear gas canisters launched by Israelis, answered by Palestinian youngsters shooting slingshots and hurling rocks. A photographer snapped a photo of a boy with tears in his eyes, an 8-year-old named Ramzi Aburedwan. The image came to represent the rage and frustration of life in the refugee camps. But although his face was famously stuck in time, Ramzi's life changed dramatically when he was introduced to music at age 16.

on July 12, 2015
Palestinian Dance Group Keeps Folk Art Alive News Roundup
Ahmad Melhem, Al-Monitor

Palestinian Dance Group Keeps Folk Art Alive

Under the name El-Funoun Palestinian Popular Dance Troupe, Mohammad Yaacoub and friends Mohammed Atta and Wassim al-Kurdi embarked on a journey of interpreting Palestinian folk songs accompanied by dance and dabke (Levantine Arab folk dance) shows with the objective of preserving Palestinian heritage and folklore.

on June 10, 2015
Q&A: A Conversation with “Children of the Stone” Author Sandy Tolan Q&As
Karmah Elmusa, IMEU

Q&A: A Conversation with “Children of the Stone” Author Sandy Tolan

In Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land, journalist and author Sandy Tolan tells the story of Ramzi Aburedwan, a Palestinian who grew up in Al Amari refugee camp in the 1980s and ’90s. Today, Aburedwan is a renowned viola and bouzouk player, and the founder of Al Kamandjati (Arabic for “the violinist”), an organization that aims to make music accessible to Palestinian children.

on May 7, 2015