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Israeli-Arab orchestra hopes to build bridges with Ramallah concert

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Israeli-Arab orchestra hopes to build bridges with Ramallah concert

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In the streets of Gaza and the West Bank they are deadly enemies, but music has brought Israelis and Arabs together for a common purpose.

The musicians of the East-West Divan orchestra have given a landmark concert in Ramallah, hoping to send a message of peace and humanity. Speaking at the event, Palestinian foreign affairs minister Nabil Shaath said:“This music is a call for freedom, freedom from want, freedom from occupation, freedom from walls of separation, freedom from fear. It is a magnificent harmony that emulates the sounds of reconciliation and understanding.” The orchestra played in memory of the noted Palestinian intellectual Edward Said, a close friend of the ensemble´s Israeli conductor, Daniel Barenboim.