In Jerusalem, it’s not unusual to wake up in the morning and find that all the outdoor ads near your house that depict women have been defaced. Some ultra-Orthodox Jews believe that any depiction of the female form is immodest and some will even go out at night and deface such depictions. This animated short […]

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In this episode of MTV’s Rebel Music, musicians from both sides of the Israeli and Palestinian border discuss political and cultural possibilities. Palestinian rockers Khalas and Israeli metal icon Orphaned Land organize a joint concert, while folk legend David Broza collaborates with musicians young and old to call for peace, love and understanding. Is this […]

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“The tongue is more deadly than the pen and the sword” So far in the series we’ve heard from a Palestinian activist and an orthodox Jew, but there’s more to this thin strip of land than Jews and Arabs. In episode 3 of Hip Hop in the Holy Land, Mike travels to the desert town […]

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The latest video to drop from Israeli / Canadian rapper Shi 360 features Oakland MC Zion I and begins with a clip from a speech by Robert F. Kennedy where he asks, in reference to the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. “What kind of nation are we? Where do we want to be?” Given […]

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…and one date in Budapest. You can get the tour details here. Now, think about how weird that is. Avidan is hard core Israeli but his music is quintessentially American heartland indie. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, keep in mind that at Avidan’s 7th live show in 2011, he opened for Bob […]

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Riff Cohen is an Israeli singer from Jerusalem. Her family is North African and Riff often takes her Mother’s poetry and sets it to music. What emerges is a synergistic mix of all these disparate elements – contemporary musical sensibilities, French crooners and Middle Eastern influences all combine into a very compelling finished product. This […]

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The last time we featured Rotem Shefy, she had done a brilliant cover of Radiohead’s Karma Police, combining middle eastern melodies and western pop. Since then, that formula’s kind of been her thing, touring in Israel she has regaled audiences with similar Arab accented covers like Pump Up the Jam by Techtronic, Pink by Aerosmith, […]

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In episode 2 Mike spends the day with Ohad Cohen who as a secular teenager was a part of the nascent Israeli rap scene but is now fully immersed in the ultra orthodox Jewish community . He still has high hopes of making it as a rapper though.

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“How can we co-exist when one side doesn’t exist?” Welcome to Noisey Israel Palestine: Hip Hop in the Holy Land. After Noisey Atlanta, Noisey Jamaica, and Noisey Chiraq comes a series hosted and co-directed by Mike Skinner that takes the temperature of the rap scene in Israel and Palestine. In Episode 1 Mike […]

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Foreign Policy Magazine is what one picks up in order to get well written, informative and insightful articles about international politics. What I never expected was a similarly great article about A-WA, an Israeli band made up of three second generation Yemeni sisters who sing in contemporary, beat-inflected Arabic: From the shisha-smoking old lady with […]

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