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Lorde is Only the Latest: How Touring in Israel Thrusts Musicians Into Controversy

Allison Stewart Washington Post
On Dec. 18, New Zealand pop music sensation Lorde announced plans to play concerts in Israel and Russia. On Dec. 24, she announced the cancellation of her Israeli concert, which was scheduled for June 5 at the Tel Aviv Convention Centre. “I’m not too proud to admit I didn’t make the right call on this one,” she said in a statement.

Secret Summit Raises $50 Million to Fight Boycott, Divest, and Sanction Israel Movement

Nathan Guttman The Forward
In a secret summit meeting at his Venetian Hotel, limited to only right-wing Zionist organizations and individuals that could pledge $1 million dollars, and one media outlet, the Israeli newspaper he owns, Sheldon Adelson and fellow billionaire Haim Saban launched their $50 million effort to derail university campaigns to boycott, divest from and sanction Israel (BDS). Adelson and Saban stressed their goal was to get all pro-Israel actors on campus to work together.

Shadowy Website Creates Blacklist of Pro-Palestinian Activists

Josh Nathan-Kazis The Forward
A new website called Canary Mission is publicizing the identities of pro-Palestinian student activists to prevent them from getting jobs after they graduate from college. But the website is keeping its own backers’ identity a secret. “It is your duty to ensure that today’s radicals are not tomorrow’s employees,” a female narrator intones in a slick video posted to the website’s YouTube account. The website has posted profiles of dozens of students and recent graduates.
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