Early life and career
Feiler was born on kibbutz Yad Hana in 1951. His father, Eliezer Feiler, was a leftist activist. His mother, Pnina, was one of the founders of the kibbutz. Feiler served as a paratrooper in the Israel Defense Forces, and refused to serve in the occupied territories in 1970 as one of the first "refuseniks".[verification needed]
In 1973, Feiler immigrated to Sweden. He renounced his Israeli citizenship, as it was a condition for gaining Swedish nationality.
Feiler studied new music and its interpretation at the Fylkingen Institut for New Music from 1975 to 1977, musicology at Stockholm University from 1977 to 1978 and composition at the Music Academy of Stockholm from 1978 to 1983.
In 1978 he and others secretly met with a group of Palestine Liberation Organization representatives in Bucharest while it was still illegal. Eliezer Feiler was tried and eventually sentenced to six months of community service and a 4,000 Israeli lira fine. The fine was paid, but the sentence was never served because, while the legal process was ongoing, the law had changed and it was no longer illegal to meet with members of the PLO. His mother, Pnina Feiler, born 1923, works with mobile health centrals in Palestinian villages in the West Bank that have to travel far to get access to health-care and other services.
Feiler also plays saxophone in the jazz band Lokomotiv Konkret, and founded The Too Much Too Soon Orchestra. In January 2004 he made international news with his artwork Snow White and The Madness of Truth, which was vandalized by then Israeli ambassador to Sweden Zvi Mazel. The installation consisted of a long pool of water coloured blood red, upon which floated a small white boat named "Snövit" ("Snow White") carrying a portrait of Hanadi Jaradat, a Palestinian suicide bomber who blew herself up on October 2003 in an attack on Maxim's restaurant in the northern Israeli city of Haifa, killing 21 people and injuring 51.
Feiler is now the chairman of the Swedish organization Jews for Israeli–Palestinian Peace (JIPF) and the European organization European Jews for a Just Peace (EJJP). He is also a member of the editorial board of the New Colombia News Agency (ANNCOL).
Feiler runs together with Gunilla Sköld Feiler the artspace TEGEN 2 in Stockholm
He is active as a composer of modern music, which includes composition music for symphonic orchestras, opera, chamber music and electro-acoustic music. In April 2008, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra dropped the world premiere of his composition Halat Hisar (State of Siege), after musicians complained that the music, which includes machine gun sounds, was so loud that it gave them ear problems and headaches.
On May 31, 2010 Feiler was aboard one of the ships involved in the Gaza flotilla clash and sustained some minor injuries to the face during the raid. In 2011, Feiler was involved in the Freedom Flotilla II, and was among the 15 activists arrested by Israeli authorities aboard the boat Dignité. He was subsequently deported from Israel.
Following his participation in the Gaza flotilla, Feiler was banned from entering Israel for 10 years. In 2013, Feiler appealed the ban in order to visit his ailing 90-year old mother.
In the 2010 Swedish general election, Feiler was a candidate for the Left Party in Stockholm. He obtained 1,784 personal preference votes in Stockholm Municipality (4.51% of the Left Party votes, the second most voted candidate on the list after party chairman Lars Ohly) and 629 personal prefence votes in Stockholm County (1.99% of the Left Party votes).
- Dagens Nyheter: Juden som fick ambassadören att se rött
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- "Agencia de Noticias Nueva Colombia- ANNCOL". anncol.eu. Retrieved 2008-04-11.
- Kate, Connolly (2008-04-09). "New work too loud for orchestra". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 2008-04-10.
- UD får inte tag på svenskarna - Aftonbladet May 31, 2010
- Israel deports Swedish Gaza flotilla activist, 20 Jul 11. Rebecca Martin
- Former Israeli deported due to Gaza flotilla wants to visit sick mother - Ynetnews.
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