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OPEN LETTER to Harpists: Reasons to Boycott the Israel Harp Contest

Dear Harpist, We are aware that you plan to compete for first prize at the International Harp Contest in Israel this November.   However, we are writing to you in an effort to persuade you not to participate in the contest as we are saddened to see how music is appropriated and exploited in order to … Continue reading

Art Depicts Woman’s, Children’s Suffering in Palestine

Al-Shawa Child’s art, Gaza Strip First posted at http://boycott-israel-harp-contest.posterous.com/palestinian-art-depicts-womans-childrens-suff Details about child artists from the Gaza Strip at MECA (Middle East Children’s Alliance)  See http://www.mecaforpeace.org/ We deeply thank Al-Shawa and Najah (Toment) for the other two pieces of art.  Woman in Palestine face many challenges, women artists must struggle against many obstacles.

“Are their violins, cellos, bassoons, or trumpets any threat to the security of Israel?”

Cello Sounds Lost Like Tears in the Rain: A Palestinian Grandfather’s Story This recent simple email correspondence shows one example of how Israel’s apartheid system tears away at the precious relationship between a grandfather and his grandaughter.  Samia only wanted to do what all grandparents would do, hear his grandchild perform what she had been … Continue reading

Apartheid Israel: No Place to Pluck Harp Strings

UN Committee 2012 Session Concludes Israel’s System Equivalent to Apartheid:  As the Boycott Continues, Harpists Take Note and Refuse to Play in Israel.   [above, The West Bank Wall, a point of contention with the Committee.  Photo by Ann Paq] [The following was originally published in BADIL’s al-Majdal.] Between mid-February and early March 2012, the Committee … Continue reading

Harpists: Playing with the Israel Orchestra Not a Prize

Harpists, the first prize in the Israel Harp Contest is a prize that would bring deep shame upon your record as a musician.  Performing with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra means performing with an apartheid state funded tool that the Israeli government sends around the world as its cultural ambassador  designed to “re-Brand” Israel as a normal … Continue reading

OPEN letter to harpists from Israeli citizen

Dear International Harp Contest Participant, My name is Renen Raz,and I live in Israel. I enjoy a lot of privileges, like all the Jews here. I am supporting the Palestinian call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS), against the policies of the Israeli state. The BDS call is about human rights.  Because of the apartheid … Continue reading

New Info Emerges About Israel Harp Contest

Facts Uncovered: Amazing Revelations About Israel’s International Harp Contest Why are harpists showing dwindling interest in travelling to Israel for the Harp Contest?  The Contest website boasts that it looks ahead to the next 50 years, and invites harpists to join in the 18th contest from November to December, and lodge in the biblical city … Continue reading

“Rosalind Grant Weindling Prize”

Find out what lies behind Israel’s elite tapestry of high society. The last Harp Contest in Israel was held in 2009.  In 2012 there will be another contest.  Harpists are expected to deem this as the “most prestigious harp contest in the world.” Indeed, in her resume, 2009 contestant Ina Zdorovetchi, boasts of her performance in Israel.[1] … Continue reading

Young Harpists in Japan: Don’t Apply for the Israel Harp Contest

Japan:  Don’t Pluck Harp Strings for the Israel Harp Contest The Japanese Harp is a beautiful instrument, and it is celebrated throughout Japan.  The western harp is also popular in Japan. Striving to do well on the harp, can also mean, to compete in harp contests. Palestinian civil society, and thousands of humanitarians worldwide, are asking … Continue reading

Harpists From All Nations: Don’t Play the Harp for Apartheid Israel Harp Contest

In 2005, Palestinian Civil Society called for the cultural boycott of Israel.  See the PACBI’s statement on why.  Harpists in the past have played for the Israel Harp Contest, they have hailed from many nations: The Netherlands, Italy, Japan, USA, Korea, China, Russia, France, &  the Republic of Moldova. Before the call for boycott, In 1998: First … Continue reading