Good News from Bethlehem

I’m not referring on this occasion to the birth of the holy child, but the opening of a new music school with the name of Edward Said. News from Bethlehem makes grim reading so I want to draw attention to something positive happening. Edward Said with Daniel Barenboim founded the East-West Divan Orchestra which brings together musicians from Arab and Jewish communities. Their visit to Ramallah in 2005 resulted in a overspill audience watching a relay of the concert on screens erected outside.

Interview with Barenboim.
Barenboim at the Knesset on receiving the Wolf Prize.

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