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Support for Israeli actors' boycott grows

Sept. 21, 2010 8:49 P.M. (Updated: Sept. 29, 2010 12:32 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A world-renowned architect and a leading conductor have joined the growing list of American and British artists in support of a boycott launched by Israeli actors against performing in an illegal West Bank settlement, a statement issued Tuesday read.

Architect Frank Gehry, known for iconic buildings like the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles signed the petition launched by Jewish Voice for Peace in response to the actors' boycott of the Ariel settlement.

Daniel Barenboim is a legendary pianist and conductor who, along with the late Palestinian intellectual Edward Said, created the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, which brings together young Jewish Israeli and Arab musicians, Jewish Voice for Peace said.

"Both Gehry and Barenboim, who are Jewish, signed a US/UK artist's statement in support of leading Israeli actors and writers who refused to normalize their own government's illegal settlements and who risked their livelihoods for their stance," the statement read.

Among the signatories include Sex and the City star Cynthia Nixon, Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Tony Kushner and Harry Potter's Miriam Margolyes.

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