Heavy Metal Unites Jews and Muslims across the Middle EastPeaceful Co-existence as a Real Possibility
Despite the fact that Israel’s relations with the Arab and Muslim world have nosedived in recent years, one Israeli heavy metal band has been bringing thousands of Jews and Muslims together. Roi Ben-Yehuda sends us this portrait of a group of unconventional peace-makers
Sometimes change happens in the most unlikely ways, fostered by the most unlikely people. In the last few years, while Israel’s relationship with the Arab and Muslim world has drastically deteriorated, an Israeli heavy metal band has been uniting thousands of Jews and Muslims across the Middle East.
Orphaned Land, Israel’s biggest heavy metal band, is credited both with pioneering the genre of Middle Eastern metal and with garnering thousands of fans in Muslim-majority and Arab countries, including Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Iran, despite the fact that their music is banned in many of those countries.
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