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Marshrou’ Leila release pro-Palestine music video

By Patty Diphusa - June 19, 2019
Section: [Main News]
Tags: [Occupation] [culture]

Lebanese band Mashrou’ Leila has released a new music video against the Israeli occupation, portraying Palestinian children as protagonists of the resistance.

According to the director of the clip, Jessy Moussallem, the video aims to highlight the reality of the military occupation of Palestine and depicts Israeli forces entering homes and conducting arbitrary searches and arrests.

The new clip was published on 7 June for Marshrou’ Leila’s new single “Cavalry” as part of the band’s upcoming album “The Beirut School”.

In an interview with CNN, leading singer Hamed Sinno raised concerns about the “mono-narrative” around Arab and Muslim identities and said that "the Arab world is as complex and as diverse and messed up and great as anywhere else in the world”.

The group has gained notoriety addressing controversial topics such as sexuality, religion, governance, and tackling orientalising approaches to “Arab” identity.

The band has recently been banned from playing in Egypt and Jordan as their music has been considered “too controversial”.

Together with the release of their new work, the band explained in a Facebook post that the song 'Calvary’ “is about putting up a fight, even when the odds are stacked against us, and not letting political fatigue destroy our willingness to speak truth to power”.

The song opens up saying, “Tyranny blooms disobedience / If I will die a hundred times / I will return a hundred times”.

The video features a number of scenes portraying a group of children, with a teenage girl as the lead, confronting soldiers invading their families´ lands and houses.

Middle East Monitor has reported that the images in the video reflect the daily acts of resistance of Palestinian children who face and stand against occupation by the Israeli military.

The music video has been compared to the actions of teenage Palestinian activist, Ahed Tamimi, who gained international attention back in 2017.

According to Human Rights Watch, Tamimi, who at the time of the events was 16 years old, became famous after a video went viral in which she is seen slapping an Israeli soldier invading the yard of her home.

Days afterwards, Tamimi was arrested in a military raid during the night at her house in the wake of protests against US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the official capital of Israel.

In March 2018, Tamimi pleaded guilty to four charges on assault and incitement to violence based on posting the video of her slapping a soldier and was convicted to eight months in prison by the Israeli Military Court.

According to a 2013 UNICEF report, the vast majority of Palestinian children detained by Israeli forces plead guilty as it is the fastest way to regain “freedom” within a system that, as Human Rights Watch affirms, “does not allow children to defend themselves”.

A study conducted by NGO Defense for Children International Palestine concluded that every year around 500 to 700 Palestinian children are arrested and prosecuted by Israeli military courts with stone-throwing being the most common “crime”.

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