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Algerian singer refuses to sing in Israel in solidarity with Palestinians

The singer affirmed that each time she was invited to sing in Israel she has declined the offer.

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Algerian singer Souad Massi has said she refuses to perform in Israel, in solidarity with civilians killed in Gaza, Egypt’s daily al-Ahram reported Thursday.

“As a singer who has principles in life, I have the right not to perform in a country which murders small children, housewives, pregnant women [and] the elderly,” Massi told the newspaper.

“A country whose soldiers shoot at anything that moves, especially at the most vulnerable ones,” she said adding that singing in Tel Aviv would mean she endorses their policies.

During her interview, Massi also affirmed that each time she was invited to sing in Israel she has declined the offer.

The singer, who said she “sings for peace,” suggested during the interview that performers “sing in the conflict zones, Gaza for instance, in the prisons of Guantánamo and in the plains of the Saharan Maghreb.”

Massi, who sings mostly in French and Arabic, became famous after her song Raoui or “Storyteller” released in 2001.

The artist was nominated for “Best Newcomer” at the Radio 3 World Music Awards in 2002.