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Palestinian hip-hop group tackles murder of women
Published Tuesday 06/11/2012 (updated) 27/12/2012 13:06
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RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian hip-hop group DAM on Tuesday released a music video of their latest song to raise awareness about the murder of women.

The song, "If I could go back in time," features guest singer Amal Murkus. It describes a young woman who is killed by her father and brother.

The video begins with the shooting of the woman and chronicles her life backwards, revealing in the last lines that her crime was to have been born a girl.



Suhell Nafar of DAM, who co-directed the video, rejected labeling the murder of women as "honor killing" at a news conference in Ramallah to launch the video.

"We should throw these words out of our dictionary," said Nafar. "Honor and killing are not logical just like Israel and democracy."

Rapper Tamer Nafar said the group wrote the song for the "missing voices" of women denied the opportunity to follow their dreams.

"We feel that when there is a crime against a woman, it is seen as the end of the story," he said.

"No one asks the right questions, no one tries to shed the light on the human face; it is just another death. A death justified merely by the fact of being a girl."

Soraida Hussein, general director of the Women's Affairs Technical Committee, noted the potential of art to bring change and said the video was a "powerful tool in our efforts for social change."

DAM is an acclaimed hip-hop outfit from Lod in Israel formed in 1999 by brothers Tamer and Suheil Nafar and Mahmoud Jreri. The group has a large following in the Middle East and has performed internationally.
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1 ) waseem / nablus-bezarya
07/11/2012 00:08
beautiful

2 ) ian / australia
07/11/2012 03:15
A beautiful song and a great video. My only worry is that it entrenches the idea that so-called "honour killings" are common or integral to muslim life. In the Muslim-bashing west (courtesy of you-know-who) with an endless appetite for the lurid (and violent), that's how it sometimes seems. I know it exists and should be exposed but it's rare and marginal and perhaps too much emphasis plays into "Arabs are crazy" propaganda (which is sadly everywhere). It's tricky. But a great song and clip.

3 ) No rare, no marginal...sadly / Palestine
15/11/2012 17:42
#2:ian/australia: "rare and marginal"? Uh..

4 ) rashid / lebanon
25/11/2012 18:44
error*** DAM is an acclaimed hip-hop outfit from Lydda in Palestine[48]formed in 1999 by brothers Tamer and Suheil Nafar and Mahmoud Jreri. The group has a large following in the Middle East and has performed internationally.

5 ) Ida / Poland
29/11/2012 23:22
Knowing how brilliant these guys are, I suppose DAM are perfectly aware of the "trickiness" of the subject, and the fact that they have decided to tackle it anyway, only commands respect. If one is a thinking person, that is. Rashid from Lebanon: good point :)

6 ) Shirley / Australia
13/12/2012 09:37
Shameful she should have her hair covered, this is too provocative.

7 ) Arwad / Italy
13/12/2012 10:21
#2 You are surely not blaming the Zionist Entity for the culture of "honour killings" which are common and integral to Muslim life.

8 ) ian / australia
14/12/2012 05:23
#7 "You are surely not blaming the Zionist Entity for the culture of "honour killings" which are common and integral to Muslim life." Huh? But they AREN'T "common and integral to Muslim life". They're rare. They occur on the most backward, barbaric fringes of Islamic society. They're not typical or "integral" to anything. They're archaic. And where the "Zionist Entity" comes in, is how its tentacular world-wide press (Fox etc.) gives massive amounts of lurid coverage to each rare, barbaric event

9 ) ian / australia
14/12/2012 05:24
(contd.) basically because it serves a larger "Arabs-are-violent-and-irrational" agenda (all ultimately designed for Israel's political gain). The "Zionist Entity" isn't to blame for causing the horrible killings, just publicising them, propagandising them, (arguably even promoting "the culture") and using them for its own cynical political ends. But how was that not clear in #2?

10 ) Women / Palestine
14/12/2012 23:06
Is it possible to talk about the insanity of such violence without making it political. Regardless of who you are murder is murder in any faith.....and I would hope as a Muslim we clarify this as a cultural problem not a religious issue.

11 ) Jade / USA
29/12/2012 01:46
#8 -- tell that to Pakistan where over 5,000 women are honor killed a year, or to Jordan where riots broke out when they tried to ban honor killings. Nonie Darwish is from Gaza and talks about honor killings in her book, "Cruel and Usual Punishment"

12 ) ShirleyS / Australia
30/12/2012 16:07
#8 Ian you claim they are ''rare''. You clearly uninformed that this is an Islamic cultural and religous problem. Or do you know of any other religion that practices honour killings?
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