We hear a lot in western media of the Barenboim-Said initiatives to bring classical music to the Middle East as a force for peace.
Here’s how the story plays out locally:
Ramzi Aburedwan … grew up in the refugee camp of Al Amari near Ramallah. At the tender age of 8, he witnessed his best friend being killed during an Israeli military operation. He then found himself throwing stones during the first Intifada and as a street combatant Aburedwan seemed destined for an Israeli prison or a Palestinian martyr’s poster. But fate decided to intervene.
At 17, he was invited to a music workshop in Al Bireh, adjacent to Ramallah, where he fell in love with the art and started to learn to play the viola….
‘Music is a universal language,’ Aburedwan says. ‘We encourage Palestinians to use this artistic tool to harmonise and enrich their cultural life, promoting international awareness and recognition of the Palestinian nation.’
Read more in Gulf News/Al Bawaba.