Here, There & Everywhere: Noa

by Don Heckman

This morning, I received an email from my friend, the wonderful Israeli singer, Noa.  The thoughts expressed in it seem so relevant, especially coming from someone who lives in intimate contact with Middle East terror and violence, that I’m reprinting it here.

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Hello friends,

As some of you might have heard, I will be representing Israel in the Eurovision song contest in May, together with my good friend Mira Awad.

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Noa (photo by Ronen Ackerman)

I imagine this may come as a surprise to some of you……

I had been offered this position in the past and  refused.  This year I agreed, with the goal of using  this huge media platform (many millions of viewers) as a means to convey a message of peace  in these difficult times, together with my friend Mira . We will write and perform the song together, in Hebrew, Arabic, and English. With a message such as this, and artistic freedom , I am proud to represent Israel in the Eurovision.

Mira  Awad is a Palestinian-Israeli singer/songwriter/actress. We have collaborated often in the past 8 years. She is a gem, a brave, talented unique woman. She represents 1.5 million Palestinians  living in Israel as Israeli citizens.

The war in Gaza is a horrible tragedy for all of us, as all our many wars and acts of terror have been over the years. The innocent lives lost, year after year, are heart-breaking and unbearable for both sides.

Mira and I want to convey a message of peace and dialogue during these difficult times, to show that co-existence is STILL an option, our only one!

Our friendship is  living proof of this.

We have not lost hope!

To quote the one and only Leonard Cohen:

Ring the bell that still can ring,

Forget your perfect offering,

There is a crack in everything,

That’s how the light gets in”

Sending you all my best wishes, shalom and saalam,

Noa (Achinoam Nini)

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