A Rap Song Lays Bare Israel’s Jewish-Arab Fracture — and Goes Viral - News Summed Up

A Rap Song Lays Bare Israel’s Jewish-Arab Fracture — and Goes Viral


BEIT YEHOSHUA, Israel — Uriya Rosenman grew up on Israeli military bases and served as an officer in an elite unit of the army. His grandfather led the paratroopers who captured the Western Wall from Jordan in 1967. Sameh Zakout, a Palestinian citizen of Israel, grew up in the mixed Arab-Jewish town of Ramla. His family was driven out of its home in the 1948 war of Israeli independence, known to Palestinians as the “Nakba,” or catastrophe. The video, “Let’s Talk Straight,” which has garnered more than four million views on social media since May, couldn’t have landed at a more apt time, after the eruption two months ago of Jewish-Arab violence that turned many mixed Israeli cities like Lod and Ramla into Jewish-Arab battlegrounds.


Source: New York Times July 21, 2021 20:25 UTC



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