Tag: Tel Aviv

Roger Waters responds to Aussie singer: Boycott of Israel ‘isn’t about music – it’s about human rights’

(JTA) — Roger Waters responded to criticism from Australian singer Nick Cave over the former Pink Floyd frontman’s prominent advocacy of an artists’ boycott of Israel, telling him it “isn’t about music – it’s about human rights.”

Cave and his band, The Bad Seeds, played to sold-out crowds on Sunday and Monday in Tel Aviv.

Prior to his concerts, Cave told a news conference that he was performing in Israel to take a stand against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel, or BDS.

He took a dig at Waters, saying, “If you play Israel, you have to go…

Aussie singer Nick Cave: BDS pressure made me perform in Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Australian singer Nick Cave said he is performing in Israel to take a stand against BDS, the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement against Israel.

Cave and his band, The Bad Seeds, played to a sold-out crowd Sunday night in Tel Aviv — his first appearance on an Israeli stage in 20 years. His scheduled Monday night performance also is sold out.

At a news conference Sunday ahead of his concert, Cave said he decided to schedule a performance in Israel after being asked to sign on to a list of artists who pledged not to perform…

House advances bill penalizing Palestinian Authority for payments to attackers’ families

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A key House panel has advanced a bill that would reduce U.S. payments to the Palestinian Authority if it continues to pay subsidies to the families of Palestinians jailed for or killed in attacks on Israelis.

The Taylor Force Act, named for an American who was stabbed to death in a 2016 terrorist attack in Tel Aviv, was approved unanimously Wednesday by the U.S. House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee. The bill leaves some humanitarian assistance for the Palestinians in place.

Jewish Insider reported that the humanitarian exemptions came at the behest of…

Ruth Bader Ginsburg wins ‘Jewish Nobel’ foundation’s prize for lifetime achievement

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg its first lifetime achievement award.

The foundation, which sponsors the annual $1 million Genesis Prize known as the “Jewish Nobel,” in its announcement Wednesday praised Ginsburg’s “groundbreaking legal work in the field of civil liberties and women’s rights.”

The five recipients of the Genesis Prize selected Ginsburg, 83, for the honor. In addition to this year’s winner, actress Natalie Portman, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, actor Michael Douglas, violinist Itzhak Perlman and sculptor Anish Kapoor weighed in.

“We honor Justice Ginsburg as…

Hummus among us: Chefs debate what makes Israeli food Israeli

WASHINGTON (JTA) — It’s lunch break during a one-day conference on “Israeli Cuisine as a Reflection of Israeli Society” — so naturally I’m eating lunch.

Everything on my white plastic plate can be considered Israeli food. There is a burek (which originally heralds from Spain, by way of Turkey), a chopped cucumber and tomato salad (Israeli or Palestinian, take your pick) and a quinoa salad (from Ecuador? Peru? Or maybe it’s Mediterranean). Small triangles of pita surround the centerpiece of my plate: the controversial chickpea spread known as hummus, which has engendered endless debate regarding its origins.