A Symphony for Palestine & Kayhan Kalhor

We begin in God’s Blessed Name. Peace and Blessings. 

Encapsulated in this post’s title are one of my two cherished things. I will begin with the former: Palestine. I won’t delve too much into this subject matter. I believe that it would be more fitting for me to have an exclusive post on the topic. A post to look out for in the future, God-Willing. However, I will say this. Palestine is and will always remain in my heart. Though I haven’t ever stepped foot in that blessed land, I feel an inextricable connection to its history and its people. As if its essence was running through my veins. The people of Palestine are, to me at least, the strongest willed and bravest souls on earth. Having endured such a painful history (having everything they loved and known stolen), they continue to be one of the most kind-hearted and self-less people I know. I should warn you that I do not argue with people about this struggle. I will, however engage in a civilized dialogue with those who are open minded and would wish to understand, as well as enlighten me, on the issue. It is within my human nature that I feel immediately connected with those who are oppressed and who experience injustice. This is not, for me, an issue of national pride or politics. It is simply one of defending the inherent rights given to us, and which no-one has the right to infringe upon. Unfortunately, too little are those, who are left victim to the atrocities occurring in the world by a hand few of individuals, remembered. For this reason, I’d like to keep their memory and experiences alive by sharing a video created in support of their struggle. “A Symphony for Palestine” was performed by Dresdner Sinfoniker, who traveled to Jerusalam and the West Bank in May 2013. This performance was composed by Kayhan Kalhor together with Palestinian and Azerbaijani soloists.

Inspired by these tragic events, the great Iranian composer Kayhan Kalhor combined in the “Symphony for Palestine” classical Persian melodies and elements of Arabic folk music with the sound of a European string orchestra. The orchestral piece includes traditional oriental instruments such as Arabic violin, Oud, Kamancheh, Darbuka and Qanun.

This work was in dedications of Juliano Mer-Khamis & Ahmed Khatib, as stated:

The work is dedicated to Juliano Mer-Khamis, the murdered director of Jenin’s Freedom Theatre, as well as to the eleven-year old boy Ahmed Khatib, shot dead in 2005 by an Israeli soldier, who mistook his water pistol for an armed weapon. His story went around the world, because his parents donated Ahmed’s organs to five Israeli children.

Now, here is the video. As you watch, rid yourself of any prior contempt or disdain for those who have done nothing to contribute to this issue. Save that for those who deserve it. Instead, I would like to to take the time to remember those who have fallen victim to this tragic event and to send prayers upon them and their families.

As for the latter passion, please see my next post.

A’yaan Nusaibah Ibraaheem 


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