The Palestine Symphony was founded in 1936,
and its first performances were in Tel Aviv.
These days there are plenty of cultural events in Jerusalem, Israel,
sometimes too many: I could be busy day and night.
Two Jerusalem women’s groups
joined together to sponsor a movie night as a fund raiser
for the educational institutions of AMIT and Emunah.
This year the movie was Orchestra of Exiles,
and it was so popular that there was an encore showing.
The Jews of Palestine in 1936 were thirsty for culture.
The PA money machines are churning out cutsie videos
to rebrand Palestine and make up a cultural narrative.
The goal of The Real Jerusalem Streets is
to be family friendly and apolitical.
But it is important to know history.
The Palestine Symphony musicians were all Jewish,
and was founded while the local Arabs were rioting from 1936-1939.
The Truth about Palestine needs to be shared,
not a narrative from a cleverly crafted script.
In 1948 the Palestine Symphony became known as
the Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra.
If you want the full story, see the film–
it was so fascinating that I watched it a second time.
And next week, another music festival is opening in the Old City.