Concert Players Condemned
Adnan al-Hinda, director of the Popular Committee for Services in the Jenin refugee camp, said that the participation of the children in the concert was a “dangerous matter” because it was directed against the cultural and national identity of the Palestinians.
He accused “suspicious elements” of being behind the Holon event, saying they were seeking to “impact the national culture of the young generation and cast doubt about the heroism and resistance of the residents of the camp during the Israeli invasion in April 2002.”
Hindi claimed that the organizers “misled” the children by promising to take them on a free trip to Israel and teach them music.
Ramzi Fayad, a spokesman for various political factions in the Jenin refugee camp, also condemned the participation of the teenagers in the Holocaust event, saying all the groups were strongly opposed to any form of normalization with Israel.
“There can be no normalization while Israel is continuing to perpetrate massacres against our people,” he said.
A bunch of teenagers went to play the violin in a senior citizens’ club. The NY Times reported it as a feel-good there-may-yet-be-hope-for-peace story, so the leaders of Jenin felt the need to make it very clear that they are not interested in peace. They want to perpetuate terrorism and martyrdom over education and normalcy, and they will probably succeed. One shudders to think where these young violin players will be in ten years.