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Monday, November 29, 2004

'Play Something Sad'
In another of those "music happening upon the real world" stories, a Palestinian violinist now finds himself in the middle of great soul-searching after being ordered by Jewish soliders to perform at a checkpoint. Reports The Guardian:

The violinist, Wissam Tayem, was on his way to a music lesson near Nablus when he said an Israeli officer ordered him to "play something sad" while soldiers made fun of him. After several minutes, he was told he could pass.

It may be that the soldiers wanted Mr Tayem to prove he was indeed a musician walking to a lesson because, as a man under 30, he would not normally have been permitted through the checkpoint.

But after the incident was videotaped by Jewish women peace activists, it prompted revulsion among Israelis not normally perturbed about the treatment of Arabs.

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