Palestinians With Attitude

Rap provides a precious means of self expression for Israeli Arab youth, reports the Christian Science Monitor. In contrast to American “gangster rappers,” young Palestinian hip-hop musicians eschew terror and violence. To reach as wide an audience as possible, the band DAM (Da Arabian MCs) raps in Hebrew, Arabic, and English, and it pays off. Their performances regularly sell out in Israel, the occupied Palestinian Territories, and Europe. “We take things day to day, just trying to survive,” said one band member. “And that’s hip-hop. Hip-hop is about surviving.”