Stephen Sondheim, Mary Rodgers, Julianne Moore, Mira Nair, Roseanne Barr, support Israeli artists
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Full text of statement and signatories (regularly updated) : http://tinyurl.com/JVPArielCampaign
Downloadable fact sheet: http://tinyurl.com/JVPArielFacts
Stephen Sondheim, Mary Rodgers,Tony Kushner, Mandy Patinkin, Theodore Bikel, Mira Nair, Julianne Moore, Vanessa Redgrave, Hal Prince, Roseanne Barr and other Broadway and Hollywood stars support Israeli artists' settlement boycott
New York, September 7, 2010] Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP), a national membership organization dedicated to a just peace in Israel/Palestine based on equality and international law, has brought together Broadway and Hollywood stars to support their Israeli colleagues' bold action against normalizing settlements. Following the movement of Israeli theater professionals who authored a letter on August 27th refusing to perform in the settlement of Ariel, and the severe attack on them that followed, American counterparts have come together with their own statement of support.
The statement has been signed by over 150 theater and film professionals representing some of the most respected and renowned artists in theater and film – including Four Pulitzer Prize winners, several recipients of Guggenheim Fellowships, a MacArthur Fellowship, a National Medal of Honor,and scores of recipients of the highest U.S. acting honors, including Tony Awards, Emmy Awards, Grammy Awards, Obie Awards, Drama Desk Awards, and more. Some names include Stephen Sondheim,the greatest and perhaps best-known artist in American musical theater, Julianne Moore, film director Mira Nair, Sex and the City's Cynthia Nixon, world-renowned playwright Tony Kushner, 21-time Tony winner for productions of "The Pajama Game" to "Phantom of the Opera" Harold Prince , star of the film "Yentl," Mandy Patinkin, and Cameri co-founder Theodore Bikel, Jennifer Tilly, Vanessa Redgrave, Ed Asner, Wallace Shawn, and Focus Films’ James Schamus among many others.
Ed Asner, actor: "It is always amazing when actors turn down jobs.To have the actors of Israel say they will not work in those venues is truly an act of courage.. i applaud them and would live to instill the actors of america with that courage...”
Rebecca Vilkomerson, Executive Director of Jewish Voice for Peace: "The response of American artists to the courageous actions of their Israeli counterparts is just phenomenal. It is especially notable that so many of the signatories are Jewish Americans with long-standing connections to Israel. We hope that the strong show of solidarity by Americans in response to these brave Israelis will help spark a new conversation in both countries, one that acknowledges that the Jewish settlements in the occupied territories are illegal by every measure of international law, contribute to the daily violation of human rights of Palestinians, and are a major obstacle to a just peace in the region."
Corey Fischer, co-founder of the Traveling Jewish Theater (now Jewish Theater San Francisco), “It seems to me that, as often happens in our times, these artists are taking on what was traditionally the task of the Hebrew Prophets: speaking truth to power. I hope someone is listening.”
Coverage of campaign:
- Jerusalem Post: US artists’ support for settlement boycott spreading fast
- MJ Rosenberg on Huffington Post: Hollywood joins Israeli artists in boycotting West Bank
- JTA: US television, film artists join West Bank boycott
- Jewish Chronicle: Hollywood joins West Bank protest
- Forward: Artists Backing Boycott of West Bank Theater
- LA Times: Hollywood shows some support for Israeli actors' refusal to perform in West Bank settlement
- AP: US artists support Israelis' settlement protest.
- Ha'aretz article with quotes from Wallace Shawn: US actors back boycott of Ariel theater
- Ynet: Artists' boycott of Ariel goes international
- Ma'an News: US actors back boycott of West Bank theater
- Arutz Sheva: US actors support Israeli Ariel protest
- Mondoweiss: Groundbreaking Letter
- Tikkun Olam: Hollywood, Broadway stars support Israeli cultural boycott
- Irish Examiner: Israeli minister warns on settlement slowdown.
Text of the artists’ statement:
On August 27th, dozens of Israeli actors, directors, and playwrights made the brave decision not to perform in Ariel, one of the largest of the West Bank settlements, which by all standards of international law are clearly illegal. As American actors, directors, critics and playwrights, we salute our Israeli counterparts for their courageous decision.
Most of us are involved in daily compromises with wrongful acts. When a group of people suddenly have the clarity of mind to see that the next compromise looming up before them is an unbearable one -- and when they somehow find the strength to refuse to cross that line -- we can't help but be overjoyed and inspired and grateful.
It's thrilling to think that these Israeli theatre artists have refused to allow their work to be used to normalize a cruel occupation which they know to be wrong, which violates international law and which is impeding the hope for a just and lasting peace for Israelis an Palestinians alike. They've made a wonderful decision, and they deserve the respect of people everywhere who dream of justice. We stand with them.
*Statement organizers and signatories represent a wide range of political opinions and perspectives, but have come together for the sole purpose of making a joint statement on this one critical issue. **All identifications and affiliations are for identification purposes only and do not imply endorsements by any institutions
About JVP: Jewish Voice for Peace is the only national Jewish organization that provides a voice for Jews and allies who believe that peace in the Middle East will be achieved through justice and full equality for both Palestinians and Israelis. With ofﬁces in New York and California, 100,000 online activists, chapters across the country and an advisory board comprised of numerous prominent Jewish thinkers and artists, JVP supports nonviolent efforts here and in Israel-Palestine to end Israel’s Occupation, expand human and civil rights, and implement a US policy based on international law and democracy. JVP opposes anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim, and anti-Arab bigotry and oppression and seeks an end to the Israeli occupation of the West Bank, Gaza Strip, and East Jerusalem.
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