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Playing across a DivideIsraeli-Palestinian Musical Encounters$
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Benjamin Brinner

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195395945

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195395945.001.0001

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Alei Hazayit

Alei Hazayit

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Playing across a Divide

Benjamin Brinner

Oxford University Press

In 1991, the band Alei Hazayit was formed in Jerusalem by two strong-willed individuals who differed in gender, class, ethnicity, religion, and linguistic and musical competence, yet found the basis for a deep personal connection. Their band merged very different musical strands, taking well-known songs in Hebrew and Arabic, but giving them a new flavor, a new color, and in so doing, represented the possibility for peaceful and fruitful collaboration between Jews and Arabs, Israelis and Palestinians. Shoham Einav first turned from her career as a head nurse in Israel's premier hospital to professional singing in her forties. Through a mutual acquaintance at the television station, Shoham contacted Jamal Sa'id, whom we met in previous chapters. Shoham and Jamal insisted on the uniqueness of their music. The partnership of Jewish and Arab performers impresses itself upon the audience as an example of a productive relationship.

Keywords:   Alei Hazayit, Jamal Sa'id, Shoham Einav, Jewish, Arab, productive relationship

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