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  • Cole wrote on March 07, 2012 report

    Ian excellent review jealous that I couldn't tele transport and be there with you!

  • Ian Patterson wrote on March 07, 2012 report

    Hi Cole,

    Thanks for commenting. The concert was recorded by Al Jazeera to be broadcast in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, so it may still be possible to see it one day.

    All the best


  • Ngoc N wrote on March 08, 2012 report

    Hi Ian,

  • Ian Patterson wrote on March 08, 2012 report

    Hi Ngoc,

    Though your message is brief and to the point, two words from you are still always a pleasure.


  • David M wrote on March 09, 2012 report

    When the PA heard that a band of Palestinian children were going to perform for Holocaust survivors they locked up their instruments.

  • Ian Patterson wrote on March 10, 2012 report

    Hi David, many thanks for your post.

    The concert you refer to went ahead. However, you are right about the Palestinian authorities castigating the children, afterwards.

    The event was a concert by Palestinian children to an audience of Holocaust survivors, which took place in Israel in 2009. The children belonged to an orchestra called Strings of Freedom, an orchestra formed in the Jenin refugee camp in 2002 to help children suffering from trauma. The concert was in the name of peace; peace for all. The children sang and played songs in Arabic and in Hebrew.

    I believe the Palestinian authorities responded by disbanding the orchestra and closing down their rehearsal room, and banning the orchestra's conductor from the refugee camp. It is sadly, another example of how the most vulnerable people, civilians, and in particular children, suffer in times of war, and how even the most well-intentioned act by a children's orchestra can be hijacked by thuggish politicians and manipulated to their own ends.

    Organizations like Al Mada, and individuals like John McLaughlin, Zakir Hussain, V. Selvaganesh, U.Srinivas, Shankar Mahadevan, Daniel Barenboim, and many others, reach out to the vulnerable, using music. It would be nice if more people followed suit.

    Thanks very much for your post. It is important to highlight injustice wherever it stems from.

    Best regards