A joint rehearsal in Jerusalem.
(photo credit: YONATAN DROR)
The problem has become all too familiar. Not only are we surrounded by enemies bent on our destruction, with one country threatening to bomb Tel Aviv just last week, but we find ourselves ostracized and boycotted by nations all over the world. We see Israeli products pulled off of European supermarket shelves; members of foreign universities, academic and professional organizations refusing to interact with their counterparts in Israel; and foreign artists and musicians either refusing to perform in Israel or canceling their scheduled performances under pressure from BDS activists. Often more hurtfully, we hear of Israeli artists and performers being pointedly uninvited to art festivals, exhibitions and music concerts throughout Europe.There are, however, exceptions, and one of these is on its way to Israel as you read this article. For the past several years, the Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance has bonded with the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary, in an annual event that focuses on friendship and cooperation through the international language of music.