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  •  yeah, there (16+ / 0-)

    was the friendship and collaboration of Edward Said and Daniel Barenboim, which produced the Arab-Israel youth orchestra (West-Eastern Divan.) Here's what Barenboim said about it, which sounds right to me.

    "The Divan is not a love story, and it is not a peace story. It has very flatteringly been described as a project for peace. It isn't. It's not going to bring peace, whether you play well or not so well. The Divan was conceived as a project against ignorance. A project against the fact that it is absolutely essential for people to get to know the other, to understand what the other thinks and feels, without necessarily agreeing with it. I'm not trying to convert the Arab members of the Divan to the Israeli point of view, and [I'm] not trying to convince the Israelis to the Arab point of view. But I want to - and unfortunately I am alone in this now that Edward died a few years ago - ...create a platform where the two sides can disagree and not resort to knives."

    Incidentally, Barenboim recently defied the Israeli government and took a group of European musicians to Gaza to perform. (Of course, he had to go in through Egypt.)

    The conductor, who accepted honorary Palestinian citizenship in 2008, famously set up an orchestra made up of young Arab and Israeli musicians, known as the East-West Divan orchestra. In 2005, it performed in the West Bank city of Ramallah.

    But Tuesday's concert in Gaza City was one of his most ambitious moves...

    Barenboim was greeted with thunderous applause as he entered the hall of the al-Mathaf Cultural House.

    He said the members of the orchestra had two things in common.

    "They are tremendously good musicians... and they are musicians who care about humanity," he explained.

    •  I had the pleasure of intwrviewing him (3+ / 0-)
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      Terra Mystica, cdreid, david mizner

      a few years back, just prior to leaving our beloved CSO.  He talked then of his desire to use music as a means of bridging the Israeli/PA divide.  I've forgotten of his efforts and appreciate the link and reminder.

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