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Hip-Hop In The Holy Land: Meet The Palestinian Godfather Of Rap (Documentary)

Comparisons to the tensions in Chicago were drawn with that Chiraq documentary episode we posted on here. Well, now let’s go East to a hotbed… for tensions and conflicts, yes, but Hip-Hop, too? Check out this expo on the rap scene in Israel and Palestine, including an intro to Tamer Nafar, co-founder of DAM (Da Arabian MCs), the first Palestinian rap group to break through.

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MAZZI feat. S.O.U.L. Purpose – “Digital Diggin 3Minus1” (EP)

Quite often in Hip Hop old school purists will complain about technology.  The fact is technology has its pros and cons but regardless it’s here to stay and only moving faster with time.  So check this out MAZZI & S.O.U.L (Sense Of Understanding Life’s) Purpose composed an EP where MAZZI rhymes over beats made with samples all found online.  Clever Concept this is also a project of substance with a portion of of proceeds from all S.O.U.L. Purpose albums go to charity, and Mazzi regularly travels to Palestine and Israel for humanitarian work, bringing medical supplies and conducting workshops, talent shows and live performances for youth in refugee camps.

Oh and if you are wondering about his resume if you might not ever heard of MAZZI?  Well he has only shared stages with Eminem, Big Pun, G-Unit, Ghostface, M.O.P., Slick Rick, Erykah Badu and many more.  So good music that helps a good cause sounds like a good thing all the way around!

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Israel’s New Racism: The Persecution of African Migrants in the Holy Land (Video)

Racist? Well… um… noooo. Of course not. It’s just a “delicate situation”… just don’t want to lose our country to them… That’s basically what Israeli right-wingers are saying. Why does racist rhetoric always sound the same? Great investigative reporting by The Nation.

‘About 60,000 African migrants have arrived in Israel since 2006, fleeing unrest in their home countries. But upon arrival in the ostensibly democratic country, the migrants have faced intense persecution and have been branded as “infiltrators” by right-wing politicians and activists.’

– The Nation

And shout out to Mr. Davey D over at The Daily Beast for bringing this shameful aspect of Israeli life into clear view on our scope. We’re aware now. Best believe…

“[W]e have Israel which is supposed to be a beacon for Democracy in the Middle East demonstrating venom and hatred on par with any KKK and Neo-Nazi group.”

Davey D


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VICE: Israeli Killer Robots (Video)

‘Israel is the world’s biggest exporter of military drones, used around the world for everything from surveillance to precision rocket attacks on speeding cars in remote locales. Israel’s drone program hasn’t stirred as much controversy as its American counterpart, but not because their targeted killings are any less fatal. VICE sent Simon Ostrovsky to a drone testing airfield in Israel to find out what their latest eye-in-the-sky can see.’

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VICE: Israel’s Radical Left (Documentary)

VICE travels to Israel to meet young members of the growing radical left, in the lead up to the one-year anniversary of the biggest protest in Israel’s history. Last summer, while the world was busy following the Arab Spring, nearly half a million Israelis took to the streets demanding social justice and an end to the rule of the tycoons. Still, the government didn’t listen. The protest movement was nicknamed J14, short for July 14, marking the date a girl named Daphni Leef pitched the first tent in central Tel Aviv, in protest against high rents and living costs. Fed up with threats of imminent wars with their Arab neighbors, the hostile ways of land grabbing religious nutters in silly hats, and the fact that almost two million Israelis are living in poverty, young people are choosing the path of dissent.

We follow Ronnie Barkan, an Israeli Jew who fights for Palestinian rights, to a protest in the West Bank. We also meet Daphni Leef and Stav Shaffir, the most famous faces of the protest movement, who inspire people all over Israel to get involved. We visit creatives who have unique ways of dealing with the government’s fear mongering: Ronny Edry and Michal Tamir, who started the Facebook campaign Israel Loves Iran; Artist Guy Briller, who drives around with a missile on his car to ease the tension and make people laugh; and Yuda Braun, a former IDF soldier turned artist, who patrols the streets of conflict ridden areas as the White Soldier.

Finally, we get a gruesome reminder of the depths of desperation felt by many Israelis, when, during the massive one-year anniversary demo, we witness a man set fire to himself in protest against Israel’s dysfunctional welfare system. It’s an insight into everyday life in Israel that goes beyond the hackneyed media coverage of Gaza rockets and death tolls. This film is about young Israelis starting a revolution for social justice.” – VICE
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