Umm Kulthum is one of the most well known female singers in the Arab world.
Referred to as the “Egyptian Diva” by some, her music is well known in the Arab world. Despite the fact that she died in 1975 her music lives on.
This includes in Israel. She has a street named after her in Jerusalem.
Meanwhile Israelis of all religions not only listen to her songs, some also sing them, to this day.
Here is a beautiful performance of her songs by Moshe Habusha, an Israeli singer of Iraqi origin from Jerusalem. His grandfather was the well known cantor George Yair who sang Hebrew prayers in Baghdad’s synagogues.
We have so much in common in this region. Its such a tragedy to see our commonalities trampled on by war.