Tuesday, September 17, 2002

An article in the Christian Science Monitor reports that young Israelis have started singing old folk songs as a response to the current turmoil.

If this is supposed to be a trend, I haven't noticed it here. But Gil would know best.

To provide the "deep meaning" of the trend, Prof. Jeff Halper is quoted. The CSM thinks of Halper as a "peace activist" - actually Halper writes dogmatic pro-Palestinian articles for publications like Counterpunch, and advocates replacing Israel with a binational entity.

Gil writes:

In the last two years singalongs nights became very popular among people aged 20-30 in Israel, I didn’t go to one yet, though I plan to do so. I didn’t like the article in the Christian Science Monitor, I’m not sure that “singalongs have become a way of escaping from the harsh realities of today's Israel”.

During the late 90’ old Israeli rock songs from the 70’ became popular again and they were played in almost every party and that was during the peaceful years when things were looking just fine. So today it’s a different group of old songs that gained popularity.

Ari Shamai, who is behind many of these singalongs evenings, says that the singalongs would have picked up anyway even if there was peace today but then people would have said that it’s peace and the good atmosphere that made the singalongs so popular again.

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