BLACK REFUGEES DEMANDING FREEDOM IN ISRAEL

•January 5, 2014 • Leave a Comment

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BLACK REFUGEES PROTESTING PEACEFULLY FOR FREEDOM & AGAINST BLACK RACE ARRESTS LAW IN ISRAEL!AFFRONT OF TEL-AVIV CITY-HALL - RABIN SQUARE.JANUARY 5. 2014

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 Arlene and Isaac Alon.
Photography & Videos – Isaac Alon / IPM

January 5. 2014

Rabin Square – Tel Aviv City Hall

African Black refugees marched in protest against unjust treatment by the Israeli government.

About 30,000 black refugees peacefully marched in small groups from southern Tel Aviv to Rabin Square (in front of the city hall), demanding to be “treated as human beings” and for the Israeli government to stop putting them inside facilities and “prisons,”  which  isolate them from the majority of the country’s population.They claim that the government discriminates them not only for not being Jews but also for being blacks.

Some of the signs read: “Being Black is Not a Crime”, “We Shall Overcome”, “No More Arrests, We Need Freedom”, “FREEDOM”, and one interestingly read – “To Freedom Land USA”.

Israel recently passed a  law that put African refugees…

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PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA ADDRESSING THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL

•March 22, 2013 • Leave a Comment
SPEECH TO THE ISRAELI PEOPLE.

PRESIDENT OBAMA’S SPEECH AT BINYANEY-HA’UMA (JERUSALEM INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTER). Photo: IPM

PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

DURING HIS SPEECH DELIVERY TO THE PEOPLE OF ISRAEL

Binyaney-Ha’uma (Jerusalem International Convention Center)

March 21, 2013

Arlene Alon

President Obama in Israel

Historic. Brilliant. These words seem to echo the sentiments of the majority of the Israeli university students toward President Obama’s speech last Thursday, March 21, 2013 at the Jerusalem International Convention Center.  Hussein Ibish of the American Task Force on Palestine used these words to describe the speech, thus showing a thin strand of mutual concurrence between the opposite camps, albeit fleetingly.

Gauging by the students’ actions, President Obama’s words visibly struck chords with the young audience.   They stood by his side even as one heckler (Rabeea Eid, student activist, an Arab-Israeli) tried to detract them from his message, giving the President instead a standing ovation.  It was a scene that surprised even the group of journalists covering the event. What this seemed to convey is that these young Israelis found in President Obama someone with power, a leader, who has articulated their hopes for their country: to live in peace  with their neighbors and gain their acceptance as a Jewish state.  The President meandered his way into the hearts of his audience, one step at a time, as he illustrated the glorious past of the Jewish people, their sufferings and persecutions, as well as their triumphs and greatness. He conveyed his understanding for their profound yearning to come back home. He identified the values that both the peoples of US and Israel share, making it clear that Israel has America’s unshakeable support. Such heartwarming statements served as a backdrop for the core of his message – security, peace and prosperity.  And in an almost unprecedented manner, the audience roared their approval.  They exploded into applause as well when President Obama reminded them that only a two-state solution could make peace possible in the region, and that settlement and expulsion push such possibility further back.

Seeing these scenes with President Obama being able to talk directly to Israeli citizens, to get their attention, to rouse them to action, it can be said that he achieved his purpose in this visit.

Read And Watch The Video Of President Obama’s Speech.

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TEL AVIV JAZZ FESTIVAL 2010

•February 5, 2010 • 1 Comment

Kahil ElZabar – The Ritual Trio

February 5, 2010

Kahil El’Zabar: The Ritual Trio

Kahil El’Zabar – drums, African drums, flute, vocals, composition
Hamiet Bluiett – baritone saxophone, clarinet, flute, piano
Junius Paul – contrabass

The Ritual Trio led by the percussion master Kahil El’Zabar has once again proved to be a most enjoyable, unique experience for the audience absolutely captivated by the spirit, the motions, the energy, and the sounds that were driven into harmonious agitation by the illustrious musicians. All three members of the combo displayed flair and ingenuity with their instruments, as soloists or as a group in the course of their performance. Unforgettable was an understatement to describe a night of wild sounds and motions from Khalil ElZabar’s dancing, singing, and playing with different percussion instruments.  No one for sure could have been unmoved or remained neutral in their appreciation of The Ritual Trio that night. The characteristic ethnic beats of instruments sent to kinetic frenzy by all three greatly talented musicians; the undulating, visceral yowling and howling voice of El’Zabar himself sounding mournful, enraged and pleading at the same time; as well as his electrifying, paroxysmic dance – all combined and contributed to a full sensory spectacle that would remain long in the minds of the audience. The Ritual Trio victoriously demonstrated its power to hold the audience’s enthusiasm until the last second of the show, which El’Zabar ended with a touch of humor as he glided his way out with fits of frisky dancing and singing. Capping the show was an anti-climactic encore by El’Zabar, no doubt the star of the show, using no other musical instrument except his powerful voice and rhythmical body.  Absolutely phenomenal!

Such display of creative genius attested to the group’s and the man’s long stay in the art and business of jazz. Now, that is what a compleat musician should be.

Although the Tel Aviv Jazz Fest was unfortunately only three days, it was nevertheless a quality-packed event compared to other world jazz fests that are longer than a week. Comprised of Israeli and international jazz virtuosos, this festival definitely needs to be checked out every year!

Story by Arlene Alon / IPM                Images by Isaac Alon / IPM

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"Kahil ElZabar - The Ritual Trio"

Kahil El'Zabar - Drummer / Percussionist

Kahil ElZabar - The Ritual Trio: L-R Kahil El'Jabar - Percussions, Junius Paul – contrabass, Hamiet Bluiett – baritone saxophone, clarinet, flute, piano

Kahil ElZabar - The Ritual Trio

Kahil ElZabar - The Ritual Trio: L-R Kahil El'Jabar - Percussions, Junius Paul – contrabass, Hamiet Bluiett – baritone saxophone, clarinet, flute, piano

Kahil ElZabar - The Ritual Trio

Kahil ElZabar - The Ritual Trio: L-R Kahil El'Jabar - Percussions, Junius Paul – contrabass, Hamiet Bluiett – baritone saxophone, clarinet, flute, piano

Kahil ElZabar - The Ritual Trio

TEL AVIV JAZZ FESTIVAL 2010

•February 3, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Tel – Aviv Jazz Festival 2010
February 3rd – 5th
Cinematheque Tel – Aviv
Celebrating its 21st year, the Tel Aviv Jazz Festival, a most-awaited yearly musical event in Israel, proudly hosts the internationally famous saxophonist Lee Konitz, one of the most recorded leaders in jazz. From his debut in the 1940’s, Konitz, 82, is one of the prime movers of “cool jazz,” permanently securing his name among the world’s jazz pantheon with whom he had collaborated, such as Miles Davis, Keith Jarett, Chet Baker and Pat Metheny.  He performs in a special Festival production joining a group of Israeli jazz stars led by the saxophonist Yuval Cohen. Together, at 9:00 PM on February 5th, they will enthrall jazz lovers with the all-time hits of the jazz world.

The main Israeli performance this year will feature the original “Pa’amon” (Bell) Project, led by the pianist, composer and arranger Adi Rennert, who has composed original music for texts from various sources. His music combines Israeli, modern and world music, an outstanding, rare feat that other artists find daunting.  Rennert will host several outstanding Israeli musicians, with whom he has collaborated during his extensive career, among them Barry Sacharoff, Rona Kenan and Mika Karni. Consisting one of the highlights of the Festival, this performance happens on Thursday, 4th of February, 8:30 PM, Hall 1.

The Don Friedman Trio composed of Friedman, on the piano, Chuck Israels, on bass and Joe Hunt, on drums, celebrates another historic moment in their career as a group since their 2007 collaboration in New York. In this Festival, these three jazz giants will reunite for the first time outside the USA after that glorious collaboration three years ago.   The Trio’s performance is on the 3rd of February, Wednesday, 8:30 PM, Hall 1.

Other international jazz celebrities will also be performing  throughout the three-day Festival: illustrious jazz artists Don Friedman, Gary Symulyan, and Veronika Rodriguez  who will be joined by Israeli musicians;  Kahil El’zabar, who returns to the Festival after a whirlwind success in the 2008 Festival; Tony Pancella and Uri Bracha, the Gutbucket Quartet and more.

Kahil El’Zabar returns to Israel with a new group, his successful, spectacular performance in 2008 still fresh in the mind of Israeli jazz followers.  With new group members who are top artist-performers in their own right, the performance on the 5th of February, Friday, Hall 1, will definitely be another moment that jazz enthusiasts will talk about for a long time.

Alongside the international lineup, there will be performances by many Israeli jazz groups, young and old, in a wide variety of styles and tastes. As worthy of a Festival that has promoted original compositions, there will be several original productions, put together specially for the Festival; groups making their debut: The Omri Mor Trio, the Shani Mor Quintet, the Erez Bar-Noy Sextet and others.

Free live performances by the Tel Aviv Jazz Orchestra, the Swing de Gitanes and groups from the High School A for the arts shall also be featured in the lobby of the Tel Aviv Cinematheque, as well as in the Cinematheque plaza.

Musical Director: Nitzan Kramer and Barak Weiss

By Arlene Alon / IPM

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BLACK REFUGEES DEMANDING FREEDOM IN ISRAEL

•January 5, 2014 • Leave a Comment

BLACK REFUGEES PROTESTING PEACEFULLY FOR FREEDOM & AGAINST BLACK RACE ARRESTS LAW IN ISRAEL!AFFRONT OF TEL-AVIV CITY-HALL - RABIN SQUARE.JANUARY 5. 2014

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE PROTEST VIDEO

 Arlene and Isaac Alon.
Photography & Videos – Isaac Alon / IPM

January 5. 2014

Rabin Square – Tel Aviv City Hall

African Black refugees marched in protest against unjust treatment by the Israeli government.

About 30,000 black refugees peacefully marched in small groups from southern Tel Aviv to Rabin Square (in front of the city hall), demanding to be “treated as human beings” and for the Israeli government to stop putting them inside facilities and “prisons,”  which  isolate them from the majority of the country’s population.They claim that the government discriminates them not only for not being Jews but also for being blacks.

Some of the signs read: “Being Black is Not a Crime”, “We Shall Overcome”, “No More Arrests, We Need Freedom”, “FREEDOM”, and one interestingly read – “To Freedom Land USA”.

Israel recently passed a  law that put African refugees or asylum seekers, who cross the border illegally,  in prison and detention camps for unlimited time,  without due process. Few weeks after the law was passed,  hundreds of refugees were arrested and put in  detention facilities specifically built for them. The Israeli government do not call these facilities jails or prisons but instead calls them something like “holding facilities” or “open detention centers.” These centers were built in the Negev desert, away from the local population and far away from  any public transportation. This despite the fact that Israel is a signatory in the UN treaty for the Protection of Refugees.  By creating bureaucratic hurdles that operate slowly, the government finds a way to refuse recognition of their refugee or asylum seeker status,  claiming instead that they are  “economic refugees”; and  without significant pressure from the UN and the international community Israel seems to be getting away with this. The situation is just getting worse,  making life  harder for them, who already number to about 50,000. In a way,  these refugees have become our “modern-day slaves,” who like in many countries where they abound as well,  are not permitted to work, ending up doing jobs that most Israelis wouldn’t want  (such as street sweepers, dishwashers in restaurants and hotels cleaners, and construction workers), and ironically  working for subcontractors for government offices and municipalities.  This peaceful march/protest has been planned to coincide with three days of strike of the employed refugees from their current jobs. Tomorrow the refugees plan to march to various consulates, among them the US Embassy, to seek international help for their plight.

BLACK REFUGEES PROTESTING PEACEFULLY FOR FREEDOM & AGAINST BLACK RACE ARRESTS LAW IN ISRAEL!AFFRONT OF TEL-AVIV CITY-HALL - RABIN SQUARE.JANUARY 5. 2014

BLACK REFUGEES PROTESTING PEACEFULLY FOR FREEDOM & AGAINST BLACK RACE ARRESTS LAW IN ISRAEL!AFFRONT OF TEL-AVIV CITY-HALL - RABIN SQUARE.JANUARY 5. 2014“We’re not criminals! We are Human! Freedom! Freedom! Freedom!”

BLACK REFUGEES PROTESTING PEACEFULLY FOR FREEDOM & AGAINST BLACK RACE ARRESTS LAW IN ISRAEL!AFFRONT OF TEL-AVIV CITY-HALL - RABIN SQUARE.JANUARY 5. 2014

BLACK REFUGEES PROTESTING PEACEFULLY FOR FREEDOM & AGAINST BLACK RACE ARRESTS LAW IN ISRAEL!AFFRONT OF TEL-AVIV CITY-HALL - RABIN SQUARE.JANUARY 5. 2014

BLACK REFUGEES PROTESTING PEACEFULLY FOR FREEDOM & AGAINST BLACK RACE ARRESTS LAW IN ISRAEL!AFFRONT OF TEL-AVIV CITY-HALL - RABIN SQUARE.JANUARY 5. 2014

BLACK REFUGEES PROTESTING PEACEFULLY FOR FREEDOM & AGAINST BLACK RACE ARRESTS LAW IN ISRAEL!AFFRONT OF TEL-AVIV CITY-HALL - RABIN SQUARE.JANUARY 5. 2014

BLACL REFUGEES PROTESTING PEACEFULLY FOR FREEDOM & AGAINST BLACK RACE ARRESTS LAW IN ISRAEL! AFFRONT OF TEL-AVIV CITY-HALL - RABIN SQUARE. JANUARY 5. 2014

We want our freedom (it reads in broken Hebrew)

BLACK REFUGEES PROTESTING PEACEFULLY FOR FREEDOM & AGAINST BLACK RACE ARRESTS LAW IN ISRAEL!AFFRONT OF TEL-AVIV CITY-HALL - RABIN SQUARE.JANUARY 5. 2014

BLACL REFUGEES PROTESTING PEACEFULLY FOR FREEDOM & AGAINST BLACK RACE ARRESTS LAW IN ISRAEL!AFFRONT OF TEL-AVIV CITY-HALL - RABIN SQUARE.JANUARY 5. 2014

BLACK REFUGEES PROTESTING PEACEFULLY FOR FREEDOM & AGAINST BLACK RACE ARRESTS LAW IN ISRAEL!AFFRONT OF TEL-AVIV CITY-HALL - RABIN SQUARE.JANUARY 5. 2014

BLACK REFUGEES PROTESTING PEACEFULLY FOR FREEDOM & AGAINST BLACK RACE ARRESTS LAW IN ISRAEL!AFFRONT OF TEL-AVIV CITY-HALL - RABIN SQUARE.JANUARY 5. 2014

BLACK REFUGEES PROTESTING PEACEFULLY FOR FREEDOM & AGAINST BLACK RACE ARRESTS LAW IN ISRAEL!AFFRONT OF TEL-AVIV CITY-HALL - RABIN SQUARE.JANUARY 5. 2014

BLACK REFUGEES PROTESTING PEACEFULLY FOR FREEDOM & AGAINST BLACK RACE ARRESTS LAW IN ISRAEL!AFFRONT OF TEL-AVIV CITY-HALL - RABIN SQUARE.JANUARY 5. 2014

CONTECH 2010 TRADE SHOW

•November 10, 2010 • Leave a Comment

International Conference & Exhibition

By Arlene  Alon.

November 9, 2010

Israel hosted the CONTECH 2010 on November 8-10 in Tel Aviv,  showcasing content programming trends and innovations from some of the world’s best and foremost IT startups dealing in data transfers, mobile phone applications and gadgets, most of which are of great benefit to the gaming industry. Walking  from booth to booth, we were amazed by the tremendous brainpower put into the gadgets and software that assure users  of  compounded sensory experience. Likewise the panel discussions were truly illuminating, as they featured myriad relevant topics. Some sessions were either conducted or summarized in English for the benefit of the English speaking attendees.

By size or number of exhibitors, this trade show paled in comparison with any of the NYC Trade Shows I have attended these past years.  It was however a rich ground for “ideas-banking” and networking.

We brought you here a summary of one panel discussion about Social Games:

Social Games Panel Discussion

How to succeed in the market tips

Panel Members

Moderator: Guy Grimland, Hi Tech Reporter – The Marker.

Arik Czerniak, Co Founder & COO – Supersonic Ads, Marketing.

Ohad Barzilay, COO – Mytopia.

Avi Sholel, CEO – Nuviens

Doron Nir, Creative Director, Social Games – Oberon Media.

1.    Work with several social networks.

2.    Decide if you are going to a niche market.

3.    Choose the most successful game from among a group of game software that you developed and then try it on different platforms.

4.    Try the most successful game on several social networks.

5.    Create a marketing package for a much number of games at a time, five of them per package for example.  To illustrate: Consider about $200,000 per game X 5 = US$1M, which means a US$1M Average Cost Marketing per Developer.

6.    Very Important: It is most advisable to have on the team at least one person representing your client base. Such strategy markedly increases the product’s marketability. For instance, a game aimed primarily at women should have women in the trial team.

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Social Games Panel Discussion

Social Games Panel Discussion

Main Trends in the Gaming Space

Show Visitors cheking out what's new

Show Visitors cheking out what's new

Show Visitors cheking out what's new

Show Visitors cheking out what's new

Show Visitors cheking out what's new

Images by Isaac Alon / IPM
©2010 INTERNATIONAL PRESS & MEDIA, All Rights Reserved Worldwide To All Stories & Images!

 

We brought you here a summary of one panel discussion about Social Games:

Social Games Panel Discussion

How to succeed in the market tips

Panel Members

Moderator: Guy Grimland, Hi Tech Reporter – The Marker.

Arik Czerniak, Co Founder & COO – Supersonic Ads, Marketing, www.supersonicads.com

Ohad Barzilay, COO – Mytopia, www.mytopia.com

Avi Sholel, CEO – Nuviens

Doron Nir, Creative Director, Social Games – Oberon Media, www.oberon-media.com

 

1. Work with several social networks.

2. Decide if you are going to a niche market.

3. Choose the most successful game from among a group of game software that you developed and then try it on different platforms.

4. Try the most successful game on several social networks.

5. Create a marketing package for a much number of games at a time, five of them per package for example.  To illustrate: Consider about $200,000 per game X 5 = US$1M, which means a US$1M Average Cost Marketing per Developer.

6. Very Important: It is most advisable to have on the team at least one person representing your client base. Such strategy markedly increases the product’s marketability. For instance, a game aimed primarily at women should have women in the trial team.

 

CARMEN IN THE PARK OPERA

•August 1, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Out of the ”Carmen” Spell
By Arlene Alon.

July 29, 2010

The Carmen production at the Hayarkon Park, Tel Aviv was a grand success.  Anyone who was involved in putting the show together had a reason to celebrate as the estimated 100,000 or more audience trudged out of the park by the end of the show fully satisfied with the splendid open-air performance. The opera was free for the public, but the performance was nothing less than splendid.

During each break, the Tel Aviv city mayor gave brief synopsis of the following act, complementing the audience’s sensory and intellectual experience of such a fabulously renowned opera. If art primarily springs from the soul, as well as the appreciation of it, the audience that night undoubtedly felt profoundly connected to one another. The grandiose production showcased a magnificent stage of lights, colors, music and famous, notable voices in the world of Israeli and international opera productions. From my location at the park, the first scene seemed to have gotten off unremarkably, with young singers’ voices sounding less solid and less polished. But the scene crescendoed awesomely as the lead performers demonstrated such enormous wealth of the Spain talents. For certain at the end of the show, no one in the audience left the park not deeply touched to the very soul by such a beautiful experience.

Cast of George Bizet’s Carmen Opera:

Israeli Opera premiere of this production: 25 May 2009

Conductor David Stern
May re- Gad Schechter
Decor and design match Nizan Refaeli
Lighting Designer Eyal Tabori
Choreographer Neta Shizaf
Battles Guide Barak Gonen
Soloists
Carmen Rinat Shaham
Don Jose Scott Piper
Essex Vladimir Braun
Michaela Noa Danon
Frskita Hila Baggio
Mercedes Shira Raz
Sonigah Andrey Trifonov
Morales Yair Goren
The Israeli Opera Chorus
Choir Conductor:   Yishai Steckler
A young voice choir
Conductor:   Dalia Lazar – Simon
Conductor   Musical Director: Anat Morag
Opera Orchestra – The Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon Lezion
Flamenco Dance Theater under the direction of Neta Shizaf
French Poetry
Hebrew translation projected
Translation: Israel Ouval
Duration: one hour and 45 minutes

Original production by Franco Zeffirelli’s Metropolitan Opera in New York.

Opera in the Park 2010

•July 30, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Out of the”Carmen” Spell

By Arlene Alon.

July 29, 2010

The Carmen production at the Hayarkon Park, Tel Aviv was a grand success. Anyone who was involved in putting the show together had a reason to celebrate as the estimated 100,000 or more audience trudged out of the park by the end of the show fully satisfied with the splendid open-air performance. The opera was free for the public, but the performance was nothing less than splendid.

During each break, the Tel Aviv city mayor gave brief synopsis of the following act, complementing the audience’s sensory and intellectual experience of such a fabulously renowned opera. If art primarily springs from the soul, as well as the appreciation of it, the audience that night undoubtedly felt profoundly connected to one another. The grandiose production showcased a magnificent stage of lights, colors, music and famous, notable voices in the world of Israeli and international opera productions. From my location at the park, the first scene seemed to have gotten off unremarkably, with young singers’ voices sounding less solid and less polished. But the scene crescendoed awesomely as the lead performers demonstrated such enormous wealth of Spanish talents. For certain at the end of the show, no one in the audience left the park not deeply touched to the very soul by such a beautiful experience.

Cast of George Bizet’s Carmen Opera:

Israeli Opera premiere of this production: 25 May 2009

Conductor   David Stern
May re-   Gad Schechter
Decor and design match   Nizan Refaeli
Lighting Designer   Eyal Tabori
Choreographer   Neta jujube
Battles Guide   Barak Gonen
Soloists
Carmen   Rinat Shaham
Don Jose   Scott Piper
Essex   Vladimir Braun
Michaela   Noa Danon
Frskita   Hila Baggio
Mercedes   Shira Raz
Sonigah   Andrey Trifonov
Morales   Yair Goren
The Israeli Opera Chorus
Choir Conductor:   Yishai Steckler
A young voice choir
Conductor:   Dalia Lazar – Simon
Conductor   Musical Director: Anat Morag
Opera Orchestra – The Israel Symphony Orchestra Rishon Lezion
Flamenco Dance Theatre under the direction of planted jujube
French Poetry
Hebrew translation projected
Translation: Israel Ouval
Duration: one hour and 45 minutes

Original production by Franco Zeffirelli’s Metropolitan Opera in New York.