Last week, Matti Friedman wrote an amazing article in the New York Times about Israel’s number one pop star, an Arab convert to Judaism who sings modern Mizrahi music.
In China it’s the Year of the Rat, but here in Israel it’s the year of Nasrin Kadry, who began life on rough Arab streets near the docks in Haifa and has now, at 33 years old, ascended to the pinnacle of pop in the Jewish state. The biggest concert venues, the judging dais of “The Voice,” A-list duets — all belong to Nasrin. Her improbable rise has much to say about this society and specifically about the way it operates in the places where highbrow experts don’t look.
In a similar vein, here is a video showing a gay Tel Aviv Arab who hates the “Joint Arab List” and will vote for Netanyahu’s Likud today, another person who simply doesn’t exist if you read the Western media about Israel.
UPDATE: Sorry, I uploaded the video without the subtitles, fixed.
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