Palestine Calling

Press Release

New York, NY, November 16, 2015 – On Saturday, November 14th, nearly 400 New Yorkers packed the Verso Books Loft in DUMBO, Brooklyn, to capacity for “Palestine Calling: A Launch Party to Amplify the Cultural Boycott of Israel in NYC” (photos). The event featured rousing musical performances by eclectic artists including oud virtuoso Simon Shaheen, Suhel and Tamer Nafar of the Palestinian hip hop group DAM, Brooklyn vocalist and composer Tamar-kaliSonny Singh of Red Baraat, and Daro Behroozi of Lucky Chops. Eighty-eight artists and cultural workers at the event signed on to a New York City-focused pledge of support for the cultural boycott of Israel.

"It was really exciting to be collaborating with so many incredible musicians coming together around the common cause of justice in Palestine,” remarked Sonny Singh. “I hope this concert will inspire many other musicians and artists to join this movement for the cultural boycott of Israel."

Launch Party to Amplify the
Cultural Boycott of Israel in NYC

Suhel and Tamer Nafar of DAM

Sonny Singh with Adam Matta & Arun Antonyraj
Daro Behroozi

and legendary oud virtuoso
Simon Shaheen with Firas Zreik
DJ Myrto Joyce


Saturday, November 14
Verso Books Loft
20 Jay St., Suite 1010, DUMBO, Brooklyn
7:30 PM doors
$5–$25 sliding scale


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Advance ticket sales end Friday 11/13 at midnight. On the day of the event, tickets will be available at the door – cash only.

Artists and cultural workers around the world are heeding the call from Palestine to refuse to do business as usual with Israel until it ends its occupation and apartheid policies. And as Israel escalates its violent repression, this call for international cultural workers of conscience to help remove Israel’s cloak of impunity rings out with urgency.

Here in NYC, Adalah-NY and culture-makers have teamed up to create a video of artists raising their voices for the boycott of Israel. Join us on November 14 as we celebrate the launch of this video and accompanying pledge campaign with a special screening and an evening of music and dancing.

Bring your love for NYC’s arts, your questions about boycott, and your friends as we gather to creatively amplify the call for justice for Palestine.

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This event is wheelchair accessible.

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Verso Books
20 Jay Street Suite 1010
Brooklyn , NY

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Saturday, November 14, 2015 - 7:30pm to 10:30pm

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