Sunday, January 18, 2009

reem kelani addresses Gaza rally in speech and song

The Palestinian singer and musician Reem Kelani speaking at the Gaza rally in London's Trafalgar Square yesterday, and getting the crowd to sing the Palestinian national anthem 'Mawtani' (lyrics by Nablus poet Ibrahim Touqan, 1905-1941, music by the Lebanese Fleiefel brothers). Her references ranged from honouring Palestinian mothers - "big mamas" - in their embroidered dresses to the need to reclaim Palestinian cultural identity, the '1948 Palestinians' within the Green Line, Sesame Street's Elmo, and the reclaiming of Palestinian childhood through a letter delivered by children to Downing Street.

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