Israel arrests Palestinian wedding singer
30 Aug 2017 - 19:08
Ramallah, Palestinian Territories: Israel has arrested a Palestinian wedding singer after he performed a song about an assailant who fatally stabbed three Jewish settlers in the occupied West Bank, a Palestinian NGO said Wednesday.
The singer was among four Palestinians arrested on Tuesday in the West Bank city of Ramallah, three of whom perform in a band together, a Palestinian Prisoners Club spokeswoman said.
Palestinian media said the band, led by singer Mohammed al-Barghouti, had been singing about Omar al-Abed, a Palestinian who stabbed to death the three settlers last month.
A video of the band performing the song, which praises Abed, has been posted on social media.
"I heard the sound of the machine-gun in the Arab village Kobar... It's Omar who crossed the woods and carried out the operation," the lyrics say, referring to Abed's hometown.
The Israeli army did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Abed sneaked into a Jewish settlement during a Sabbath meal and stabbed four people, killing three of them.
The July 21 attack came at a time of high tensions over the sensitive Haram al-Sharif mosque compound in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, known to Jews as the Temple Mount.