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Violent images in Israeli pop song stir controversy
Violent images in Israeli pop song stir controversy

In Israel these days, art and politics are a discordant mix. An Israeli pop star who wrote an inflammatory song he said was intended to decry violence was banned Tuesday from performing at an upcoming event sponsored by Israel’s presidency. Singer Amir Benayoun’s new single – hugely shared in recent days on Hebrew-language social media – features a fictional Arab narrator who talks about wanting to stab Jews. Stabbings have played a prominent role in a wave of recent attacks against Israeli Jews by Palestinian assailants. Benayoun said the song “Ahmad Loves Israel” was inspired by recent violence, but was not meant in any way to celebrate it, or to...

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