In 2002, when the second intifada erupted … when people were being blown to pieces for no reason other than that they were Israeli … artists (including the Red Hot Chili Peppers) were cancelling their tours. That's when I organized a ten-city concert tour throughout Israel ("Shai L'Yisrael"), including in S’derot where missiles were flying in from Gaza, and a benefit for rescue workers and the wounded at the Jerusalem Theater. I brought Andy Statman (and his trio) and Peter Himmelman with me. And at each concert, we featured an Israeli artist. It was an unforgettable, moving and inspiring experience for all of us.
To musicians: Don’t believe the vicious lies. When you play in Israel, the venue is full to the rafters of friendly and enthusiastic people. I am definitely planning to return soon.
I am not as renowned as many of the artists who appear on your website. But I have played in fifty countries (including in the Arab and Muslim world), and have released five CD projects and a four volume book. If possible, I would like to add my voice to those on your website. Thank you for doing this noble thing.
The tour became part of the One Shekel Festival which meant it was accessible to all Israelis for the cost of one shekel or $.25.
Hancoff raised the spirits of a nation with music. United Jewish Communities called it a "Gift to Israel."
Upon his return, the Israeli Embassy held a reception hosted by Ambassador Daniel Ayalon to thank him.
I do too.
CEO, Liberate Art
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