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It’s official: Rihanna to perform in Israel

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March 3, 2010
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Popular Barbadian R&B artist to conclude her European tour with concert in Jaffa’s Bloomfield Stadium on May 30

Or Barnea
Published: 03.03.10, 14:46 / Israel Culture

Following months of negotiations, it’s now official: Barbadian R&B artist Rihanna will arrive in Israel for one concert, which will take place on May 30 at the Bloomfield Stadium in Tel Aviv-Jaffa.

The details of the performance are expected to be revealed in a press conference next Wednesday, March 10, including the ticket prices and the singer’s itinerary in the Holy Land.

The concert will be sponsored by the Orange cellular company, which will provide its customers with tickets for a reduced price.

The Israel concert is expected to conclude Rihanna’s European tour, which will be launched in Belgium on April 16 and will last about a month and a half. The tour will include gigs in Holland, France, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. The singer will arrive in Israel after three concerts in Ireland.

Rihanna, 22, is considered one of the most popular singers in the world these days. She has released four albums so far, but owes her international breakthrough to her third album, “Good Girl Gone Bad,” and the hit song “Umbrella”.

Her fourth studio album, “Rated R,” was released in November 2009 and was a great success. Last year, reports surfaced that she had been the victim of violence by her ex-boyfriend, singer Chris Brown.

Rihanna will be joining many famous artists scheduled to visit Tel Aviv this summer, including Metallica, The Pixies, Elton John, Rod Stewart and Elvis Costello.

Source: Ynetnews.com

Canada students counter ‘Israel Apartheid Week’ with controversial campaign

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A controversial pro-Israel campaign was launched in universities across Canada last week, in an attempt to counter the global pro-Palestinian campaign, “Israel Apartheid Week,” launched on Sunday.

The campaign, named “Size Doesn’t Matter,” was initiated by the Canadian Federation of Jewish Students, and is taking place in 23 universities across Canada, according the official “Size Doesn’t Matter” website.

An especially peppery video ad posted on the campaign website displays a young couple in bed, with the young woman complaining of the “size” of what turns out to be a map of Israel.

Organizers said that the campaign was aimed at “highlighting the multitude of Israeli accomplishments and contributions,” saying it was the “result of the combined efforts by the Canadian Federation of Jewish Students (CFJS), local Hillels, Jewish Student Associations, and Israel on Campus organizations across Canada.”

The campaign website indicated that renowned speakers will be discussing Mideast-related issues, including Khaled Abu Toameh, Dr. Joel Kotek, Dr. Mohammed Wattad, and Ismael Khaldi.

“We are very excited about this campaign,” said Rebecca Cherniak, Israel Affairs Chair for the Canadian Federation of Jewish Students.

“On many Canadian campuses, Israel is often vilified by anti-Israel proponents. The “Size Doesn’t Matter” campaign will showcase an Israel that many students have never seen before,” Cherniak said

Source: Haaretz.com