UPDATE: Western Journalism received information that Chaaboula is no longer listed as a performer in the upcoming music festival. A cached copy of a press release we subsequently obtained, however, shows he was at one point included among the scheduled artists. Our requests for comment from organizers were not immediately returned.
Acts like Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys, Ricky Martin, and Kool and the Gang will join international hit makers on stage for the Mawazine World Music Festival, according to recent reports. One of those singers will be Egyptian artist Chaaboula, who is known for his virulently anti-Semitic song “I Hate Israel.”
He is expected to not only perform that hate-filled track, reports indicate, but also a love song written for Egyptian presidential hopeful Abdel Fattah El-Sisi. Though it is unclear whether it will be included in his set, the crooner also released a track called “Hey Arab Leaders,” which alleged Israel and America conspired to perpetrate the 9/11 terror attacks.
Performing at one of the largest music festivals in the world, Chaaboula will reach a portion of the expected 2.5 million attendees of the nine-day concert series. Naturally, Jewish leaders are outraged by his inclusion in the prominent festival.
Rabbi Abraham Cooper, an anti-racism advocate with the Simon Wiesenthal Center, expressed his desire for other nations to send artists interested in promoting peace. Furthermore, he called on Alicia Keys and other American artists to disavow the Egyptian singer’s message.
“I hope she and other western talent urge the organizers to make the festival a hate-free zone and that they counter the anti-Israel ate with their music.”
He also hearkened back to Keys’ plea for peace amid calls by anti-Israel protesters for her to cancel a performance last year in Tel Aviv.
Cooper also had a direct message for Chaaboula, urging him to “update his tired lyrics.”
Specifically, he cited the singer’s outrage over the disputed Golan Heights region of Israel.
“Has he checked with the steady stream of severely injured Syrians coming to the Golan to Israel’s ‘No Questions Asked’ hospital who hate Assad,” Cooper asked, “not the Israeli medics saving their lives?”
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