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The symphony when the devil plays for the participants in Eurovision in Tel Aviv

May 10, 2019 10:34 A.M. (Updated: May 10, 2019 11:46 A.M.)
By: Dr. Nasser Laham
To all the artists participating in the Eurovision song contest in Tel Aviv. This is not the beautiful Tel Aviv that they have told you about, this is the Palestinian city of Yaffa, the one that Zionists occupied in 1948, the one where Israel killed another nation and took its land by force. Israel, the one that imposed a siege on Gaza. Israel, the one that bans Palestinians from singing, dancing, and celebrating.

Have you heard about famous Palestinian artists? Muhammad Assaf from Gaza? Have you heard of Reem Banna from Nazareth? Or any other name for any Palestinian artist singing inside the walls of an Israeli prison? Has anyone ever translated the words of Palestinian songs to you?

As you sing, look at the faces in the audience, are there any Arabs? Is there any Palestinian allowed to enter the hall and listen to your songs?

The occupation built a cement wall like the Berlin wall and threw the Arabs, the owners of the land, behind it, surrounding them and throwing bombs at them, until the occupation became the worst apartheid regime in the world.

Did you know there are 12 Israeli-only roads and Arabs are banned from driving their vehicles on it?

You are respected artists and adored by the world, so tell me how do you justify your participation in the contest while children cry behind those cement walls? How can you sing on the beach of Yaffa while the blood of the children of Gaza has not been washed away yet.

Do not believe Netanyahu with his trickster smile and fancy suit that he bought with corrupted money.

In the name of the miserable people behind the wall, whose homes and dreams have been destroyed by the Israeli occupation, we tell you that the occupation and the apartheid does not suit you. Since fate is unsettled and history does not stay the same, we dedicate this symphony to you (when the devil plays) and urge you “to please not sell your soul to the devil.”
The views expressed in this article are the authors' and do not necessarily reflect Ma'an News Agency's editorial policy.
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