Palestinian youth orchestra disbanded for serenading Jews

Sunday, March 29, 2009 |  Israel Today Staff  

The Palestinian Authority on Sunday disbanded a youth orchestra from the northern Samaria town of Jenin after it participated in a musical event honoring Jewish Holocaust survivors in the Israeli town of Holon last week.

The orchestra "Strings of Freedom" had 13 members all between the ages of 11 and 18, and was led by an Israeli Arab woman, Wafa Younis.

Younis has now been banned from entering Jenin, and the apartment where she taught music to the children has been boarded up.

Local Jenin officials cited by The Jerusalem Post said the incident had caused tremendous outrage among Palestinians, who do not want their children to be pushed toward coexistence with Israel.

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