The Israeli Band Bringing Ancient Hebrew Poetry to the World

Drawing on the Jewish musical traditions of the Mediterranean and Middle East, Israel’s Yamma Ensemble scored its runaway hit with a performance of Psalm 104 that has garnered some 5.8 million views on YouTube, bringing in listeners from around the world. Talya Solan, the band’s lead singer, and Yonnie Dror, who plays various traditional and Western wind instruments, discuss their music in an interview by Amanda Borschel-Dan. (Audio, 25 minutes.)

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More about: Israeli music, Jewish music, Mizrahi Jewry, Popular music, Psalms

The UK’s Ban on Hamas Is a Belated Step in the Right Direction

Nov. 29 2021

Twenty years after Britain outlawed Hamas’s military wing, the home secretary, Priti Patel, has decided to proscribe the entire organization. Stephen Daisley applauds this decision, but observes that London does not yet seem to recognize the dangers of what Hamas represents:

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More about: Hamas, Palestinian Authority, Palestinian terror, United Kingdom