And what if you’re not Mohammed Assaf?

July 9, 2013. Tania Hary, Gisha’s director of international relations, writes an op-ed in Haaretz on the difference between the Palestinian winner of the Arab Idol song competition and children from Gaza who wanted to travel from Gaza to a music camp in the West Bank.

From the op-ed:
"The children were taking part in a five-day summer camp for young musicians run by the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music, a 20-year old institution advancing the study of music through its five branches in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Their request to travel to the West Bank from Gaza was initially rejected by the Israeli army. The official reason for the rejection had been that the request did not meet the army’s definition of “humanitarian,” which is the only circumstance under which a resident of Gaza is allowed to travel to the West Bank. Well, unless you’re Mohammed Assaf".

To read the op-ed in full, click here.