I think we were all heartened by recent news that a Palestinian Youth Orchestra from Jenin performed for a group of aged Holocaust survivors in Holon last week. The event was organized as part of “Good Deeds Day,” an annual event organized by an organization belonging to Israeli billionaire Shari Arison. The 13 member orchestra performed an Arabic song, “We sing for peace,” followed by two musical pieces with violins and Arabic drums. Sweet, right?
Well, all the optimism engendered by this unprecedented event faded away with news that the Palestine authority had disbanded the orchestra because of the performance and banned the Israeli Arab conductor, Wafa Younis, from re-entering the camp.
Adnan al-Hinda, director of the Popular Committee for Services in the Jenin refugee camp, said that the participation of the children in the concert was a “dangerous matter” because it was directed against the cultural and national identity of the Palestinians.
He accused “suspicious elements” of being behind the Holon event, saying they were seeking to “impact the national culture of the young generation and cast doubt about the heroism and resistance of the residents of the camp during the Israeli invasion in April 2002.”
Uh… yeah. That makes PERFECT sense.