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CANCELLED: ProgStage 2013: Israeli Progressive Rock Festival (Oct/Nov)

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CANCELLED: ProgStage 2013: Israeli Progressive Rock Festival (Oct/Nov)

*This event has been cancelled by its promoters*

Three international bands [NOT] will fly to Israel in October 2013, to attend the 2nd Progstage festival. The place: Dugal Beach, on the Kinneret shore (Sea of Galilee). The production cancelled the event three days before the date. Possible reasons: low ticket sales and the closing of Dugal beach (due to 0season’s end). Here are the bands that will NOT attend:

  • Circus Maximus (Norway), promoting their third album from 2012, “Nine”
  • Haken (UK), which have just released “The Mountain”, also their 3rd release
  • Bumblefoot (USA), aka Ron Thal – Guns ‘n Roses guitarist, among other mayhems

פסטיבל פרוגסטייג' 2013

All three bands were supposed to perform on the eve of October 11th (Friday night), with local crowds camping out on the beach with tents. On the next day, all artists were welcome to use the waterpark facilites or just enjoy the Sea of Galilee, just like Jesus did :-)

A bunch of local Israeli progressive bands were also supposed to  attend (this will not happen, as well):

  • Behind The Sun
  • Eatliz
  • Yossi Sassi
  • Key of The Moment
  • Desert
  • Distorted Harmony
  • No Reflection
  • Love Beach Girls Choir

Progstage 2012 was a big financial loss, although it was a successful event for the tickets buyers who enjoyed a real bargain. Four international bands were invited (Pain of Salvation; The Flower Kings; Andromeda; Osada Da Vida), with about 13 local bands performing. Many prog-heads enjoyed the free atmosphere at the beach, but not enough people bought tickets to make the production break even.

The 2013 event seems (well, at least, so it seemed at the time) much more realistic, with fewer bands and smaller names – but in the end – it will not happen in 2013, and probably not in 2014, as well.

The Progstage production team has said that a new event will be scheduled in November, probably at “Reading 3″ club in Tel Aviv. It was scheduled to Nov 30th, but was cancelled again in Nov 17th. Again, low ticket sales were the reason for the 2nd cancellation.

[this post has been edited on Oct. 10, 2013 and again on Nov 19th]

Natacha Atlas Refrains From Playing Israel


Natacha Atlas Refrains From Playing Israel


Today, another major artist expressed their commitment to justice and human rights, answering the call of Palestinian people for boycott, divestment and sanctions against apartheid Israel by cancelling her performance there.

On her official Facebook page, Natacha Atlas stated:

“I had an idea that performing in Israel would have been a unique opportunity to encourage and support my fans’ opposition to the current government’s actions and policies. I would have personally asked my Israeli fans face-to-face to fight this apartheid with peace in their hearts, but after much deliberation I now see that it would be more effective a statement to not go to Israel until this systemised apartheid is abolished once and for all. Therefore I publicly retract my well-intentioned decision to go and perform in Israel and so sincerely hope that this decision represents an effective statement against this regime.”

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Vintage Palestine! Photos on Facebook Show Palestinian Life in Historical Context

Mike Hanini Odetalla has put together a groundbreaking album of almost 200 pictures of “Vintage Palestine!”  He says he will continue to add photos to the album over time.

Old town Nablus, Jerusalem, daily life, homes and documentation of historical landmarks make up just part of the album.  Photos date back to the 1880’s and up to pre-1948.  Some photos came from the US Library of Congress.
Mike says

 “What started out as an angry response to Newt Gingrich’s idiotic remarks about Palestinians being “invented”, has turned into a project (a labor of love I must confess)…What you are now seeing, My “Vintage Palestine” collection of photos is the nascent “fruit” of my efforts…Hope you enjoy, reflect, and take action against the injustice of what happened and continues to happen to the indigenous natives of the Holy Land: The Palestinian Arabs!”


A collection of aerial photos of Palestine from 1917-1918 can be seen also at

American Eagle Clothing in Apartheid Israel

 3 Feb 2012



American Eagle has joined The Hello Kitty (Sanrio) Corp. in a quest to show outright approval of apartheid Israel and complete disregard for the Palestinian voice asking for boycott.

In a move that no doubt shows deep affirmation to apartheid Israel for its intolerance and racism, American Eagle outfitters boasts on twitter:
AE has taken over the taxis in Tel Aviv to celebrate our store openings in Israel this month!


Maybe AE has taken over the taxis in Tel Aviv, but colonists and the IDF have taken over and enforced illegal ethnic cleansing all over Palestine.

Twisted Stories: What the Cardigans are Worth

(UPDATED on 2 August) To great fanfare and hype, the press in Israel and the official twitter of the apartheid government would not be quiet about the Cardigans concert planned for 4 August.  On 13 June we called attention to this with Apartheid Israel Government’s Twitter Machine Flaunts CARDIGANS of Sweden.

Then, suddenly, a message announcing the band’s cancellation was posted on the band’s website.  

It is great the band won’t be breaking the boycott picket line, for what that is worth.  
But in a twisted attempt to keep Israeli fans happy, and assure them that the boycott was not involved, the Israeli promoter for the band took credit for the cancellation, as seen on the band’s website.
A lack of interest by fans in Israel did not seem to be the reason for the cancellation, a quick look at the Cardigan’s Facebook announcement shows many fans had already purchased tickets and were looking forward to the concert.  (See  

A ynet article in Hebrew, however, claimed otherwise:

“מפיקי המופע בישראל החליטו לדחות את המופע המתוכנן ל-4 באוגוסט, וזאת בשל מכירת כרטיסים נמוכה לאור המצב הכלכלי במשק. ” The claim re poor tickets sales 
is being explained as the economical condition

But the band, in a bizarre attempt to disassociate itself from BDS, insisted that it was not their fault the concert was cancelled, saying:

  Sorry! Not our decision.

The twisted situation brought shock to many fans, some of whom expressed disbelief. But the comments were supportive, and if the Cardigans had cancelled due to a moral stand in support of the boycott, fans would have been much less generous. Other artists that have cancelled have endured shockingly hateful comments and threats.

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