Argentine born, Israeli citizen, holding honourary Palestinian citizenship, world renown musician and conductor Daniel Barenboim and his Diwan orchestra, made up of Israeli and Palestinian musicians, gave its first peace concert in Gaza.
The bi national orchestra is the brain child of Maestro Barenboim and the late Edward Said. The vision of these two men sought to go beyond the borders separating physically, morally, and psychological Israeli and Palestinian. And thereby foster understanding and friendship between the two peoples.
Yet the Israeli government looks at Barenboimwith a severe eye. In fact, it denied him entry to Gaza at the Israeli border. That move, however, didn’t stop the maestro, he travelled with his 25 musicians in tow through Egypt’s Raffah border, no longer closed since the fall of Hosni Mubarak.
The Diwan orchestra played Mozarts’ ‘Eine Kleine Nachtmusik’ and ‘Symphony in G Minor. The programme was well received and opened a link to encouraging music appreciation in Gaza and bolstering the morale of musicians suffering from the fallout of ‘Cast Lead’ who now know that the isolation that Israel tried to impose on them has failed.
Barenboim deserves our thanks and gratitude for swimming against Zionist waves of disapproval. Hip hip hurrah we say to him and his courageous musicians!