Dear Vanessa Paradis, Johnny Depp, Karl Lagerfeld, Isabelle Adjani, Bambou, and everyone else coming with you,
THANK YOU!!!!! Your upcoming show/vacation in Israel is going to be amazing not just for you but also for the people eager to see a great performance. Israel has so much to offer that I hope you can take advantage of it all. There are fantastic beaches to lounge on, historical sites, places to hike in the desert or mountains, and many places of unmatched beauty that are too numerous to list here.
I want you to be aware that there are people and groups that will try and pressure you into not performing/coming. I strongly urge you to ignore them. It is easy to get caught up in the hyper-political state of affairs of Israel from people within and without. They will spout lies about the country and about what it stands for. If you take one thing away from your trip there it is that Israel stands for freedom in all it's forms, the same freedoms you enjoy elsewhere.
It is these freedoms that this group, Artists4Israel, are trying to protect, specifically, artistic expression and the freedom of speech/press. These are things that are cherished in Israel as evidenced by its plethora of non-state run newspapers and many cultural centers for the performance arts (to name a few). Sadly, there are pressures against top talent like yourself to not preform there and in the end you and your fans are the ones who are hurt. No one gains from it.
So again.....THANK YOU!!!!!!
p.s. If you need some great places to eat just let us know, we'll hook you up.