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Palestinian Hip Hop

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

American teens weren't the only kids inspired by hip hop of the late '80s and 1990s. Young Palestinians took lessons from the Fresh Prince's playful rhymes and Tupac's depictions of violence and power. We talk with Harry Allen about the emergence of Palestinian rap and a new documentary called "Sling Shot Hip Hop."


Harry Allen

Comments [10]

long island listener from oceanside, ny

haha.. i must be an idiot because I meant to say
"in fact OPPRESSED" instead of "not in fact OPPRESSED."

Mar. 05 2008 05:18 PM
long island listener from oceanside, ny

Wow!! whether you're Palestinian, Israeli, Muslim, Jewish, Arab, Ashkenazim, Persian, Kurdish, Sephardic you have to be an idiot to deny the undeniable fact that the Palestinian people are not in fact OPPRESSED. life for the average Palestinian is miserable. This is an irrefutable reality.

this is not a political declaration, it's a declaration of fact. the politics come in when one attempts to describe the root cause of their oppression. For example, some people blame the Palestinians for their own oppression, some blame the United States, some blame the Israeli government, some blame a “worldwide zionist conspiracy”, some blame arab governments.. the list goes on and on…

their oppression, however, is an objective fact. anyone in denial of this fact totally deligitimizes their own intelligence.

Mar. 05 2008 05:00 PM
adrienne from upper west side

isn't it great that an open democracy like Israel allows its Arab citizens the right to freedom of expression. if those kids (the musicians) were living in the territories would Hezbollah or Hamas encourage a musical career, or just encourage them to be "suicide" bombers? good luck, arab rappers of israel, enjoy your freedoms!

Mar. 05 2008 04:42 PM
Barbara from Greenlawn, NY

It's erroneous to refer to "Palestine" as a country currently in existence. Fully 85% of historic Palestine evolved into Arab countries (primarily Jordan). The Muslim Arabs refused to allow the Jews to have even 15% of their historic homeland (thus the continuing bloodshed). Prior to 1948, the word "Palestine" was associated with Jews: the "Palestine Post" (forerunner of today's Jerusalem Post) and the "Palestine Symphony Orchestra" were Jewish. In WWII, the "Palestine Brigade Regiment" in the British Army was composed exclusively of Jewish volunteers. Echoing the words of Golda Meir, there IS an Arab Palestinian state -- it is called Jordan.

Mar. 05 2008 02:59 PM
Alex from EV, NYC

I agree 100% with you, markbnj. However, the Palestinian people are also oppressed. Oppressed by their government and religious leaders. Palestinians receive large monetary aid and there is nothing to show for it – no schools or no libraries. Instead the children are taught to hate jews and the west.

I don’t see why Jews and Arabs can not live peacefully with one another.

Mar. 05 2008 02:51 PM
markbnj from www.markbnj/ or

I agree with Stuart, better to listen, then to blow themselves (and murder hundreds of othrers) at a time...

I find it interesting the ONE form of terrorism that the PALESTINIANS invented:
"sucide" bombing

has now been exported to OTHER arab countries, and is now causing causualties among non-JEWS too.

That is the most fascinating side effect of this prolonged (stupid) conflict.

Mar. 05 2008 02:39 PM
markbnj from www.markbnj/ or

Excuse me.

I am tired of hearing "THE Opressed palestinians"

Their leadership told THEM to leave in 1948.

The israelis were NOT defeated in 24 hours.
and the fact that THEY never accepted the FIRST UN two state solution (in 1948) is why there is NO PEACE.

There will be NO peace until the ARAB nations
AND palestinians
ALL AGREE that ISRAEL has the right to exist.
*and is why they didnt accept the 1948 UN resolution...

until that time, when hamas shoots rockets into israel, and shoots them from within CIVILIAN buildings, there will be nothing but
PALESTINIAN victims... NOT palestinan oppressed peoples.

Mar. 05 2008 02:37 PM
stuart from Bronx, NY

hey, better singing hip hop than blowing themselves up in crowds of innocent people...

Mar. 05 2008 02:37 PM
George from Astoria

Sounds great!

Since the Palestinian and Israel leaders cant communicate with each other maybe they can have a dialogue through music.

Both sides need to speak more and all of us want to hear more. only then might there be a lasting peace.

Mar. 05 2008 02:36 PM
Lena from Yonkers, NY

It should be no surprise that hip-hop is appealing and growing amongst Palestinian youth.

Wherever you have an oppressed people with ancestoral roots in faith, spirituality and strength, you're going to find creativity, expression and genius.

Mar. 05 2008 02:29 PM

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