The enemy sang for the enemy. Only this time there were no enemies. Only songs of peace.
The thirteen children aged 11 to 18 had no idea who their audience was. They belong to Strings of Freedom. The orchestra was put together in Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank.
The adults in the audience also were unaware that the children that were entertaining them were Palestinian.
The choir was formed seven years ago to help the children overcome war trauma.
War trauma is something both groups understand.
The group was even late for the event because of the war. They were held up for thirty minutes at a military check point just outside the town they live in.
The event took place in the Holocaust Survivors Centre at Holon, Israel on “Good Deeds Day.” The yearly event was started by billionaire Shari Arison, Israel’s richest woman.
The New Zealand Herald reports:
“I feel sympathy for them,” said Ali Zeid, an 18-year-old keyboard player who said he was shocked by what he learned about the Holocaust, in which the Nazis killed 6 million Jews in their campaign to wipe out European Jewry.
“Only people who have been through suffering understand each other,” said Zeid, who said his grandparents were Palestinian refugees forced to flee the northern city of Haifa during the war that followed Israel’s creation in 1948.