Dror Elimelech Feiler
Dror Elimelech Feiler (Hebrew: דרור אלימלך פיילר; born 31 August 1951, Tel Aviv, Israel) is a Swedish–Israeli musician, artist and leftist activist. He has been living in Stockholm, Sweden since 1973. He is married to the artist Gunilla Sköld-Feiler.
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.
His father, Eliezer Feiler, worked on a kibbutz and was a leftist activist. 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 beucase, 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.
Photo Johnny Leo Johansen(c)
Feiler is now the chairman of the Swedish organization Jews for Israeli–Palestinian Peace (JIPF) and the European organizationEuropean Jews for a Just Peace (EJJP). He is also a member of the editorial board of the New Colombia News Agency (ANNCOL).
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 compositionHalat Hisar (State of Siege), after musicians complained that the music, which includes machine gun sounds.
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.
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).
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. The installation was made to “call attention to how weak people left alone can be capable of horrible things”.