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Alicia Keys defies boycotters to perform to packed house in Israel

By Zoe Winograd, July 5, 2013

American singer Alicia Keys performed to a full stadium in Tel Aviv on Thursday night after refusing to bow to calls for her to boycott the show.

The multiple Grammy - award winner welcomed her Israeli audience by asking in Hebrew, “Ma koreh Tel Aviv?” (“What’s happening Tel Aviv?) before opening with her hit single Karma.

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We speak, they act

July 4, 2013

Forgive us, please, if we blow our own trumpet. Last week we reported that Leonard Cohen was due to appear in concert in London on Yom Kippur and in Leeds on Rosh Hashanah. There was, not surprisingly, disquiet - to put it mildly - that so iconic a Jewish artist could appear on those of all dates. The JC speaks - and icons listen.

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Leonard Cohen reschedules tour dates out of respect for Yom Kippur

By Jennifer Lipman, July 2, 2013

Leonard Cohen has changed the date of two upcoming UK concerts to avoid clashing with the high holy days.

The Canadian Jewish star was due to perform on second night Rosh Hashanah in Leeds, and on Yom Kippur at the O2 in London.

Fans expressed their disappointment in last week's JC, and urged the singer to reschedule.

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Musicians’ anti-boycott petition gathers 18,000 signatures

By Josh Jackman, June 24, 2013

A petition calling for musicians to perform in Israel has received more than 18,000 signatures, as Alicia Keys stands firm on performing in Tel Aviv next month.

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Pet Shop Boys Israel tonic

By Martin Bright, June 21, 2013

Those of us who have struggled over the years to argue against a cultural boycott of Israel have been put to shame this week by a 1980s pop-synth duo better known for their commentary on nightlife and consumer culture than their analysis of global geopolitics.

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Pet Shop Boys defy boycotters to play in Israel

By Marcus Dysch, June 17, 2013

Pet Shop Boys will perform in Tel Aviv later this week after defying anti-Israel activists’ calls for them to pull out of a planned concert.

Pop stars Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe said that while they opposed “crude and cruel defence policies” of the Israeli government, comparisons with apartheid South Africa were “a caricature”.

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For sale, Amy Winehouse’s dress. Yours for £25,000

By Jennifer Lipman, June 13, 2013

A rare poster advertising an evening with Harry Houdini, the programme from Bob Dylan’s first professional concert and a dress worn by Amy Winehouse are to go on display at Christie’s in London.

The South Kensington auction house is marking 120 years of popular culture with a five-day public exhibition and sale of valuable memorabilia.

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Boycotters urge Alicia Keys to cancel Tel Aviv show

By Jennifer Lipman, May 30, 2013

Alicia Keys has become the latest musical star to face calls for her to boycott a planned performance in Israel.

The 12-time Grammy Award winner is due to sing at Tel Aviv's Nokia Arena on July 4 – the first time she will have performed in Israel.

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Bob Dylan anti-bomb lyrics to be sold at London auction

By Jennifer Lipman, May 10, 2013

Bob Dylan "knew what he was doing" from the very start of his career, according to the man who played a key role in the singer's musical education.

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Moni could be in the money after wowing judges on The Voice

By Sandy Rashty, May 9, 2013

An acclaimed contestant on BBC’s The Voice has revealed that his talent is inherited from his father — a chazan at Newbury Park United Synagogue in Ilford — and his mother, who is also “an amazing singer”.

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