Friday, July 29, 2011

Israeli army attacks Dutch music orchestra with tear gas

The Dutch street orchestra 'Fanfare van de Eerste Liefdesnacht' (see video below)from Amsterdam was attacked with tear gas today by the Israeli army during their performance in the Palestinian village Kufr Qadum near Nablus.

The Dutch musicians were confronted with tens of soldier who shot tear gas canisters from behind their military jeeps during the musical performance. The Dutch musicians found themselves surrounded with snipers. Several members of the music band were injured and suffered from tear gas inhalation.

Kufr Qadum is a village near Nablus that has suffered in recent years from radical Jewish settlers who attack the villagers, cut down olive trees and set fire to fields. The roads that lead to the village are often blocked by Israeli military checkpoints.

The Dutch music orchestra has traveled around the West Bank during two weeks to perform in towns, villages and refugee camps. The band consists of 25 musicians with different musical instruments. They were invited by the town council of Kufr Qadum to perform in the village.

Dutch band performing 'Unadikum' at Yabous Festival in East Jerusalem:


Photos can be obtained from Bernice Siewe:

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For more information contact Lysbeth Pypker :

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