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Ann Katz Festival: Lana Melman

09nov7:00 pmAnn Katz Festival: Lana MelmanAuthor of "ARTISTS UNDER FIRE". Now FREE.

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The 24th annual Ann Katz Festival of Books & Arts presented by Herbert Simon Family Foundation is a three-week festival featuring well-known authors, award-winning films and local visual and performing artists. For a full list of events, visit

Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, Alicia Keys, Scarlett Johansson, The Rolling Stones, Brian Eno…who has attacked Israel, who has ignored the attacks and who has defended Israel – and why? What is BDS and why is it vitally important to all people?

Hundreds of international entertainers sign up to perform in Israel every year and nearly all are besieged with calls to boycott the Jewish homeland in social and mainstream media. Each of these boycott campaigns spreads vicious lies about Israel to their hundreds of millions of fans and traffics in antisemitic lies stirring up Jew hatred across the globe. Behind it all is the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) campaign, an anti-Jewish conspiracy network masquerading as a human rights movement. Entertainment industry insider Lana Melman puts BDS on trial and shares the stories of artists who are being used as pawns in this destructive crusade. In Artists Under Fire: The BDS War against Celebrities, Jews, and Israel, Melman provides Israel supporters with an action plan to stand up to the cultural boycott campaign and will cause its followers to question the motives of their leaders, the company they are keeping, and the consequences of their actions.

Lana Melman is an attorney, a 20-year veteran of the entertainment industry and the CEO of Liberate Art Inc. Since 2011, she has been a leader in combating the cultural boycott (BDS) campaign against Israel working both behind the scenes with the people artists trust the most – their representatives – and in the public discourse. Melman will be interviewed by Suzanne Rothenberg, ADL Associate Regional Director.

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Antisemitism is unfortunately becoming an increasingly major problem in the US and world-wide. In order to educate our community on these issues, this program is now FREE.


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