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Even After Exile, Palestinian Musician Vows to Play On

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on April 4, 2009

Younis says she was told by parents that armed militants had gone to their houses and warned the children to stay away from her music center. “In one house, the woman kept running to the window to check if anybody was watching us,” she says. “The parents, the children, they’re all scared.”

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Palestinian youth orchestra disbanded over concert for Holocaust survivor

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 29, 2009

“She exploited the children,” said Hindi, the head of the camp’s popular committee, which takes on municipal duties. “She will be forbidden from doing any activities…. We have to protect our children and our community.”

The move highlights the sensitivity of many Palestinians over acknowledging Jewish suffering, fearing it would weaken their own historical grievances against Israel.

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Palestinian children sing for Holocaust survivors

Posted in Miscellaneous by beyondtheborder on March 25, 2009

The choir burst into songs for peace, bringing surprised smiles from the audience. But the event had another twist: Most of the Holocaust survivors did not know the youths were Palestinians from the West Bank, a rare sight in Israel these days. And the youths had no idea they were performing for people who lived through Nazi genocide – or even what the Holocaust was. “


Leaders and representatives of the Jenin refugee camp condemned the participation of Palestinian teenagers from the camp in a concert honoring Holocaust survivors in Holon last week, accusing the organizers of exploiting the children for “political purposes”. Ramzi Fayad, a spokesman for various political factions in the Jenin refugee camp, denounced the teenagers’ participation, saying that all the groups were strongly opposed to any form of normalization with Israel.

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