Woodstock in Jerusalem All About Peace and Rock

Arutz Sheva visits the fourth Jerusalem Woodstock Revival concert, featuring Israeli artists performing music from the 1960s.

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Arutz Sheva visited on Thursday the fourth Jerusalem Woodstock Revival concert. The concert, featuring Israeli artists performing music from the 1960s, is an Israeli tribute to the famous three-day festival which took place in 1969.

Steve Leibowitz, president of American Football in Israel which initiated the concert, told Arutz Sheva, “I missed the original festival because I was on my first trip to Israel in 1969. I fell in love with the country and knew this would be my home, but when I went back to go to college, I realized that I really loved the music of Woodstock and was so sorry I missed it.”

“When I got [to Israel] and had the opportunity, I combined the two loves,” he added. “What better place than in the city of peace (Jerusalem) to do a concert devoted to what Woodstock stood for?”

He emphasized, “I love this country and I’ll never leave, but there are certain things about American culture that I wanted to have here, so together with my friends I brought it here.”

One of the attendees of the concert, Idel, said that the festival is a good opportunity to escape the everyday hardships faced by Israelis.

“On a day-to-day basis we are faced with the existential threat from Iran, with cuts in budgets, with tax increases, with bloodshed in Syria, the whole area is in turbulence. What better than to just come to Woodstock, a festival of peace and love and great great music, and just relax, vent and have a good time?” she said.