the concert of the israeli singer Noa and palestinian singer Mira Awad

Singers Noa and Mira Awad, meant to perform at fundraiser concert for Gazans injured in Operation Cast Lead, call off participation following pressure onorganizers to have Noa take back statements made in open letter to Palestinians.Part of Noa’s letter read: “Today, I know that deep in your hearts you wish for the demise of this beast called Hamas who has terrorized and murdered you, who has turned Gaza into a trash heap of poverty, disease and misery. Who in the name of “Allah” has sacrificed you on the bloody alter of pride and greed.

“I can only wish for you that Israel will do the job we all know needs to be done, and finally rid you of this cancer, this virus, this monster called fanaticism, today, called Hamas. And that these killers will find what little compassion may still exist in their hearts and STOP using you and your children as human shields for their cowardice and crimes.”The letter enraged many, and in a petition signed by actor Mohammad Bakri, producer Osnat Trabilsi, actor Makram Khoury, actor Saleh Bakri, director and producer Anat Even, publicist Yael Lerer, actor, director Juliano Mer-Khamis, and more, Noa was urged to take her words back.



“Achinoam Nini’s participation (in the fundraiser) without her showing deep remorse for her position, blocks the message of protest against Israel’s systematic, intentional brutality, and its murder and injury of thousands of civilians, including hundreds of children,” the petition read.



The signatories stressed that without this message, the concert for Gaza’s children, that aims to be more than just an act of compassion and pity, will be tainted.



“Nini’s performance will strengthen the hypocritical position of Israel’s leaders, that express their regret over children who were killed ‘by accident’ and then offer to help rebuild Gaza,” the letter, that was addressed to the concert’s organizers, continued.


 The organizers told Noa the event was centered around the question of accountability for the State of Israel’s actions in Gaza, and wanted to be sure the singer identified with this cause.



Noa ultimately cancelled her participation in the event.


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: