Why are Israeli specialists contempt for the Palestinian singer Muhammad Assaf? Avi Dichter, a member of the Knesset for the traditional Likud party, reported this month that the uncommon Assaf grant to enter the West Bank in question would be abandoned.

Assaf, initially from Gaza, is currently living with his family in the United Arab Emirates. He achieved fame in 2013, when he won the "Arab Idol" singing challenge. His triumphant display of the tune "Rifa` a keffiyeh" incited an unusual snapshot of solidarity among every Palestinian group. With the advancement of the crowd, judges, and a large number of Arabs, Assaf became the overwhelming focus in Beirut, allowing Palestinian culture to show its centrality as a political tool that could not be ignored.

From then on, Assaf sang about everything Palestinian: from the Nakba - the disastrous loss of the Palestinian state - to the intifada and the torment of Gaza to every Palestinian social image that exists.

He grew up in the Gaza Strip. There, the Israeli military occupation faced head-on, just like a few dangerous wars and, obviously, the on-going offensive. His companions are exiled, his mother is from Beit Daras and his father is from Beersheba. The young man's ability to defeat his family's agonizing journey, while remaining focused on the social esteem of his general audience, deserves much thought and appreciation.


Dichter's statement preventing Assaf from returning to his country is not as ridiculous as it might appear. The battle of Israel over Palestinian culture is as old as Israel itself.

Throughout the last 70 years, Israel has demonstrated its ability to militarily crush the Palestinians and even the entire Arab armed forces. And Tel Aviv, with the help of its Western backers, overcame the division of Palestinians into rival groupings, while separating Arab solidarity over Palestine.

The Palestinians were divided topographically and confined them to different small angles with the expectation that each group would inevitably build an alternate arrangement of goals based on completely unique political needs. Thus, Palestinians have been confined differently in Gaza, confined to isolated areas in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, in financially degraded networks inside Israel, and in the "diaspora" (diaspora).

Indeed, even the Palestinians of the Diaspora, some of whom were exiled on numerous occasions, survived in worlds of politics over which they had no power. The Palestinians of Iraq, for example, ended up on the run at the start of the American attack on that nation in 2003, while something very similar happened in Lebanon before that and in Syria later.

In addition, Israel's permanent efforts to destroy Palestine have moved from the physical circle to the virtual one, and pushed for modifying Palestinian voices through the online media, and in all cases, removing Palestine notices from the aircraft lists.

Obviously, none of this was inconsistent, as the Israeli pioneers realized that the crushing of real, true Palestine must be coupled with the crushing of Palestinian thought - the arrangement of social and political traits that ensure its cohesion and cohesion in the psyche, with all things in mind. , Wherever they are.


Since culture is based on types of expression, Israel has devoted a lot of energy and many assets to eliminating the Palestinian social hinges that allow Palestine to exist, despite political divisions, Arab division and geographical disconnection. There are many examples that adequately demonstrate Israel's legitimate interest in crushing Palestinian culture. As if the physical deletion of Palestine in 1948 was not enough, the Israeli authorities are constantly working to devise better methods to remove any remaining images of Palestinian and Arab culture.

In 2009, for example, the conservative Israeli government began the path of changing the names of thousands of street signs from Arabic to Hebrew. Also, in 2018, the fanatical “state law” clearly corrupted the status of the Arabic language.

Be that as it may, these models were not really the beginning of the Israeli battle over Palestinian culture. Israel's organizers learned of the dangers Palestinian culture poses with regard to its ability to bring Palestinian individuals together in the implications of the ethnic cleansing of nearly 66% of their population from their unforgettable country.
An official letter shipped off Israel's first Interior Minister Yitzhak Gruenbaum trained him to trade the names of recently eliminated Palestinian towns and areas with Hebrew other options .
we should start in the central Hebraicization of our nation's guide," it said. Before long, an administration commission was amassed and given the errand of renaming everything Palestinian Arab. 

Israel has devoted a lot of energy and numerous assets to wiping out Palestinian social articulations. 

For Israel, eradicating Palestine and working the Palestinian public out of the historical backdrop of their country has consistently been a vital undertaking. Quick forward to the present time and the official Israeli machine stays devoted to a similar pilgrim mission. The arrangement marked in 2016 between the Israeli government and Facebook to end Palestinian "instigation" online was important for that equivalent mission: Silencing the voice of the Palestinian public. 

Palestinian culture has served the Palestinian public's battle quite well. In spite of Israeli occupation and politically-sanctioned racial segregation, it has given them a feeling of coherence and union, joining them to an aggregate feeling of character.
Israel's declaration that it will ban a Palestinian vocalist from returning, accordingly performing to Palestinians living under occupation, is, from an Israeli perspective, not incredible by any means. It is one more effort to upset the normal progression of Palestinian culture, which, in spite of the loss of Palestine itself, is as solid and genuine as it has consistently been .