Yes, folks — it’s true!
If an Israeli progressive folk metal band can tour with a band from Palestine, why is peace in the Middle East so motherfucking unattainable?
Orphaned Land, from Israel, will tour Europe with Khalas, a Palestinian act, and play 18 shows together.
The two bands will even share a fucking tour bus for three weeks — an artistic cooperation between Jewish and Arab artists which is being hailed as “a major breakthrough.”
“We can’t change the world, but we can give an example of how coexistence is possible,” Orphaned Land singer Kobi Farhi told The Guardian. “Sharing a stage and sharing a bus is stronger than a thousand words. We’ll show how two people from different backgrounds who live in a conflict zone can perform together.”
“We are metal brothers before everything,” added Khalas lead guitarist Abed Hathut. “There is no bigger message for peace than through this tour.”
Previous collaborations between Jewish and Arab artists in Israel have led to calls for boycotts from pro-Palestinian activists as part of a campaign to isolate the Jewish state culturally and economically.
Orphaned Land will be touring in support of its sixth album, All Is One, now in stores.
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