A meeting against violence “Living without Fear”

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On the 2nd of September, the meeting titled “Living without Fear” hosted by the journalist Jackie Khoury took place at the Cinemana in Nazareth.

The guest list included the Knesset member Aida Touma, social worker, and feminist activist, Samah Salaymeh, Tamer Nafar, and others.

The discussions throughout the meeting focused on the widespread violence in the Arab world. 

Tamer stated: “As I glance at the attendees, I notice that everyone here is actually observers. I meant to say, that my friends are missing here. Look, when I was 18 years old, I used to drive around with a baseball bat, ready to join any altercation. If there were phones with cameras back in the days and someone would have taken a picture of my face and shared it online, everyone would have written how violent I am. The truth is, I was just an unemployed young man who cannot see his future in this racist country. All he wanted was to prove himself, pass the street auditions and not be a sucker. Therefore, I would have loved to see not only my friends attend this discussion, but also people who have a criminal background and this is not in order to judge or question them but in order to listen to them. We all revolt against “The Arab Situation” meetings where all the participants are Jews. So, there is no reason to repeat this.

On Palestinians of 1948, talk in Jaffa

The discussion on the internal Palestinian refugees took place at the Saraya Theatre on the 4th of September.

The dialogue between the hostess, Tamer Nafar and Mustafa Kablawi focused on the media and the internal Palestinian refugees but it also touched Um Al Fahem’s Municipality’s decision to cancel Tamer’s concert that was supposed to take place in the city. This case lies in parallel to the Minister of Culture and Sport’s efforts to cancel Tamer’s concerts in the past yet failed to do so.

Tamer: “do not believe these liberal deceivers. At first, Um al Fahem’s municipality opposed my concert but then agreed to it. However, I decided to postpone it because I want to go there feeling I am a part of the city and not guarded by the occupation police. This is an internal discussion that should be occurring between us. As for the liberal Israeli courts, if we are referring to the cancellation of my concerts in Israeli festivals, I may say it is their duty and not a favor that they are doing for me. After all, we are talking about a system that destructs homes, proceeds with the ethnic cleansing that started in 1948 and is still happening today. Therefore, if I had to choose between these two cases, I would give up my performances if we are given back our rights as people of this show. I do not feel that we are at a stage where we need to ask for permission whether to perform or not. It is a much bigger picture than it seems to be.”

Tamer Nafar is granted an award at the Masraheed Festival in Acre

On the 9th of September, the Masraheed theatre in Acre granted the “Guest of Honour 2019” award to Tamer Nafar. 

System Ali, the band from Jaffa, releases their album- “Mahrajan”

On the 10th of September, System Ali, the band from Jaffa, released their album “Mahrajan” that included a song featuring Tamer Nafar called “Oifen Veig”.

Interviews

The Turkish international news channel, TRT World, interviewed Tamer Nafar and discussed the merge of art and politics.

For the second time around, Tamer Nafar was interviewed by Becky Anderson for CNN International to analyze the results of the Elections for the Israeli Knesset that took place in September. 

Al-Nas Radio Channel… Announcements and Agenda

An agreement was signed between Al-Nas radio channel, Tamer Nafar and Amer Hlehel to act as the channel’s official representatives. A weekly program has also been agreed upon and will be launched by the beginning of 2020. 

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