A group of Palestinian musicians yesterday performed in front of the Erez crossing after Israeli occupation forces denied them the necessary permits to travel to Jerusalem to participate in an event.
Dawaween, a group of musicians and singers from across the Gaza Strip, responded by staging a musical protest at the Erez crossing.
Israel cited “security concerns” as the reason for its actions, however the musicians insist their only tools are their lute, drum and other musical instruments.
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“This is one of the faces of suffering that the Palestinians endure in the Gaza Strip due to the tight Israeli blockade,” band member, Ali Al-Hindi said.
Dawaween was formed in late 2015 to perform across the region, aiming to keep traditional Palestinian music alive. The 13-member band consists of ten musicians and three singers.