July 28, 2020

Israel city’s bid to honour Egyptian diva stirs anger

Haifa (Israel) (AFP) – She was one of the Arab world’s most revered singers, praised by Bob Dylan and sampled by Beyonce: the late Egyptian legend Umm Kulthum seems worthy of having a street named in her honour.But when that street is in Israel, a country she condemned while championing the Palestinian cause, a decision to honour the vocalist branded “the Star of the East,” has triggered controversy.¬†Haifa — Israel’s third largest city, where roughly 10 percent of its 300,000 residents are Arab — decided earlier this month to honour the woman whose deep, resonant voice was also adored by man…

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