Israeli, Palestinian Group’s Performance Promotes Political Unity Through Music

The concert featured a dialogue session during which the musicians answered questions from the audience. Addressing the political tumults in the Middle East, the percussionist Tamer Omari said, “What you are seeing here on stage is not the reality back home. I believe before we can co-exist, we must co-resist against the status quo of inequality and injustice.”

Many in attendance Saturday night said they reacted positively to the performance.

“Just seeing the two sides coming together making trilingual music is awesome,” said Leore C. Lavin ’17.


Sasha Pippenger, a Harvard Law School student, agreed, saying that, “Harvard should do more to reach out to groups like this.”

This article has been revised to reflect the following correction:

CORRECTION: Feb. 24, 2014

An earlier version of this article misquoted Heartbeat founder Aaron Shneyer. In fact, he said that he sees the two sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as "fundamentally wanting the same things," not "fundamentally one and the same."