Music video lambasts recruitment of Palestinians to Israel's army

14.12.2015

Prominent Palestinian musicians say recruiting minority ethnic and religious Arab groups into the army is part of Israel’s divide-and-conquer tactics, pushing young Palestinians to "side with the occupation" and shrug off their national and historical identity.

Two prominent Palestinian musicians released a hip-hop music video in November lambasting efforts to recruit young Palestinian citizens of Israel into the country’s army.

The video, by musicians Tamer Nafar and Jowan Safadi and released by the Baladna Association for Arab Youth and Hamleh (The Palestinian Social Media Centre), features a group of Israeli scientists sitting in a lab and trying to create a new kind of Arab.

The chorus of the song bemoans how Israel ″stripped us of our land, stripped us of our identity, dressed us in boots and military suits.″

″When Tamer and I wrote this song, we wanted to emphasise two main topics — Israelisation and ethnic division,″ explained Safadi.

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