Two Brazilian artists, Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, participated and performed in a peace and coexistence tribute event on Monday in Tel Aviv. The event was sponsored by the New Israel Fund and the Alternative Education Center. Many attended the event, including: Talia Sasson, President of the New Israel Fund; Attorney, Rachel Liel, CEO of the New Israel Fund; Mr. David Vindholtz, representative from the Alternative Education Center, and additional members of peace and coexistence organizations in Israel. Israeli artists also attended and performed, including David Broza, Dan Toren and Yair Dalal. Israeli musician Mira Awad was also in attendance and served as the host for the evening.
Valoso and Gil were brought to Israel through JUPROG, a pro-Israel community of progressive Jews in Brazil, with help from the Alternative Education Center for Bilingual Education. The two musicians decided to come to Israel to show their support for peace and coexistence between Israel and the Palestinians.
“Despite the pressures not to perform in Israel, we decided to because there is nothing more important than dialogue,” said Veloso. “I believe that together with the organizations that are attending this event, we can build a bridge and promote a change that will lead to peace.”