Stand Up Against Israeli Apartheid Singer Idan Raichel

Press Release

New York, NY,  March 24, 2017 - Braving the cold and wind on Wednesday night, thirty-five New York human rights advocates protested on the sidewalk outside Israeli musician Idan Raichel’s performance at the City Winery in Manhattan. Raichel calls himself a cultural ambassador for Israel and is an outspoken and uncritical supporter of the Israeli army. Raichel regularly performs at Israeli government events as part of the government’s Brand Israel public relations campaign, which uses art and music to divert attention from Israel’s violations of Palestinian rights.

The protesters chanted, “Idan let us set you straight. Israel is a racist state.” And “Voice of peace? That’s a lie! Idan plays while people die!” They held signs saying, “Idan Raichel, Apartheid Tool, Not Cool,” and “Boycott Israeli Apartheid.” City Winery covered over the large glass windows that normally provide a view of their concert space from the street, possibly because the demonstration outside Raichel’s 2015 concert there was visible to Raichel and attendees inside. The protesters called on City Winery, which is hosting Raichel’s concerts in a number of cities, to end their complicity with Israeli apartheid, chanting “City Winery, don’t you see, Art should be apartheid free.” City Winery also serves a number of wines from illegal Israeli settlements.

Join us in our Israeli Apartheid Week 2017 protest against cultural ambassador of Israel Idan Raichel

Wednesday, March 22 from 7pm to 9PM
at City Winery, 155 Varick (between Vandam & Spring Sts.)

Adalah-NY: The New York Campaign for the Boycott of Israel
In Collaboration With
Students for Justice in Palestine and Jewish Voice for Peace at Barnard College and Columbia University
plus music by the Rude Mechanical Orchestra

As part of Brand Israel, the public relations campaign by the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Idan Raichel proudly uses his music to whitewash Israel’s racism, colonialism and apartheid!

Last year, while we commemorated the Nakba, Raichel headlined the “Independence Day” concert organized by Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in New York City. He has also performed to welcome American Jews who enlisted in Israel's army, which terrorizes Palestinians and enforces Israel’s apartheid regime.

Join us in answering the Palestinian call for cultural boycott against Israeli Apartheid!
Let the call be amplified!
There’s no ART in APARTHEID!

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Event Location: 

City Winery
155 Varick St at Vandam St
New York , NY

Event Date: 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm


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