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  •  What a bold and beautiful voice (14+ / 0-)

    Thank you, Fire bad tree pretty, I enjoyed all the clips.

    I do hope he wins Arab Idol and breaks out, selling albums all around the world. He is representing Palestine: "People have used part of the late Egyptian sensation's name (Abdel Halim Hafez) and merged it with Assaf's, i.e. Assaf Hilm Falastine (Assaf Palestine’s Dream)."

    His success, and the emotional power of his music, are doing two things. They are inspiring Palestinians, who see that a Palestinian can win the opportunities and fame that so many of them have been shut out of. And they're helping to humanize Palestinians in the eyes of people watching around the world.

    We all realize, logically, that Palestinians are human. But making an emotional connection, as Assaf's singing is able to do in seconds, draws us into his world, and moves us to care about his (and his country's) plight. He is a very effective, and extremely talented, ambassador.

    "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

    by Brecht on Tue May 28, 2013 at 10:16:41 AM PDT

    •  I think that was part of what I was (9+ / 0-)

      trying to do with this diary - to show that Arabs and Palestinians are just like the rest of us. The same hopes, fears, desires, the same longing and yearning for love and home, the same desire for fairness and justice. Music breaks down barriers and I hope that Mohammad can do that in a positive way for his people. But none of that would be possible without his enormous personal talent. I hope he has a long and successful career.

    •  seems there is quite a bit of caring about (3+ / 0-)
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      his country's plight. (or country to be in all hopes).

      But it's true that the more Palestinians the world sees out there, the better. Even as a reminder of their situation and that it needs to be resolved. Just having Palestinians come to people's attention now and then is good.

      Hopefully peacefully.

      •  "having Palestinians come to people's attention" (3+ / 0-)
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        when they're handsome, well-dressed, and singing like angels - instead of being covered in dirt, blood and violence - is a healthy change.

        "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

        by Brecht on Wed May 29, 2013 at 02:20:02 AM PDT

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        •  when I think of Palestinians myself (2+ / 0-)
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          I don't think of them as covered in blood and dirt but I can see why that'd be a perception of some people.

          He's a very beautiful specimen of humanity. It's always amazing to me when people have loads of talent and also physical beauty. What are the odds?

          •  I think first of Palestinians' humanity, of how (3+ / 0-)
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            long and hard their struggle has been, and how few of their neighbors or the world powers have helped them in any meaningful way. The US, who have stood by with our thumb on the scales of Justice for so long, is much to blame.

            In Europe, people who watch news generally have a lot of sympathy for their plight. Here in the US, while Palestinians may be seen as victims, they are only ever shown in glimpses of ongoing violence and failing peace processes. But that is starting to change.

            "Every man has a right to utter what he thinks truth" Samuel Johnson

            by Brecht on Wed May 29, 2013 at 11:56:45 AM PDT

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