Israeli pianist and Qatari audience

Abdulateef Al-Mulhim

Just a few days ago a Saudi woman columnist in the Asharq Al-Awsat wrote an article titled “Israel that we don’t know.” It was a very well balanced article. After reading it, I saw some tweets from what seemed to me clown-style tweets. This person was against publishing such an article even though it is clear that he didn’t read it. He just saw the title of the article and it was enough for him.

In the Arab world we don’t read and if we do, we don’t try to understand. But, what if the article was published in a Qatari newspaper? Would the same person criticize the article or the columnist? I don’t think so. For them, the Qatari Al Jazeera news channel is indisputable, but, the Saudi (Dubai-based) Alarabiya news channel is called the Hebrew news channel. I will not go into details about what they say about United Arab Emirates’ No. 1 policeman, Gen. Dhahi Khalfan. So, just let us talk about music.

How many Arab nationals had ever seen a Broadway show titled Fiddler on the Roof? I don’t know the answer, but, if one single Arab national was present in any of the performances, then the number would be 3,242 people. The show started in 1964 in New York City. The original script was written in Yiddish in 1894. I think Many Arabs should have watched the play. It would have reminded them of the Arab League with one difference.

The Arab League is taking care of 22 countries not five daughters like the play. In the play, there is the poor, rich and sharp-tongued. Like the play, the Arab world has the rich, poor and sharp-tongued. At that time if an Arab national was seen going to Broadway to watch Fiddler on the Roof, then he or she will be labeled as a Zionist and traitor of the Arab cause.

So, what would you call inviting an Israeli musician to an Arab capital to play music for an audience from all over the world including many Arabs and especially Qataris? And why watching a play written about a Jewish family 54 years before the creation of the state of Israel would make you a Zionist and traitor, but watching an Israeli pianist in an Arab capital would make you an Arab music lover? The answer is because the Israeli pianist performed in Doha, Qatar. So, the question now is why no one is calling Qataris Zionists or traitors? The answer is, Qatar is a cash machine with lots of money. So much money, they bought Harrods of London using their pocket change, gave Gaza Strip $ 400 millions and gave the Qatari-Egyptian Sheikh (Yusuf Al-Qaradawi) a blank check to deliver to the Muslim Brotherhood. Qatar is untouchable.

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