British singer Charlotte Church sings “From the river to the sea... Palestine will be liberated” (social networking sites)

British singer Charlotte Church was subjected to Western and Israeli media attacks and accusations of anti-Semitism, after she participated in a concert that included the famous pro-Palestinian song “From the River to the Sea... Palestine Will Be Liberated,” which Israel considers a call to expel its citizens from the Palestinian territories.

Church, 38, was singing at the concert, which was held in a hall near Caerphilly Castle - the largest castle in Wales and the second largest in Britain - to raise money for the Middle East Children's Alliance, which supports the children of Gaza.

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Church led a choir of more than 100 people in performing the song “From the River to the Sea... Palestine Will Be Liberated.”

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The Campaign Against Anti-Semitism described the chant as "genocide", accusing Church of "anti-Jewish racism", amid calls for the Charity Commission to investigate the incident.

During a live video on Instagram yesterday, Monday, Church said, "Just to make my intent there clear, I am in no way anti-Semitic or trying to make things more divisive. I am fighting for the liberation of all people. I have a deep heart for all religions and all differences."

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“It was an intergenerational choir from all over the country, and it was a profound spiritual experience for me and I would do it again 100 times and I plan to do it,” she added on the Novara Live political podcast.

“Obviously, if you know the whole history, it is not an anti-Semitic chant calling for the erasure of Israel,” Church emphasized. “That is not the case in any way. It is calling for peaceful coexistence between Israelis and Palestinians.”

She added that "many other beautiful songs... for liberation and freedom were performed at this event, including songs from the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa, whose lyrics were adapted to the situation in Palestine."

Cherish appeared on a YouTube show with YouTuber Owen Jones, saying, “I put a choir together so we could achieve something big for Gaza, and a lot of people responded, maybe about 120 people, and we had some rehearsals. They were singing for liberation.”

"The songs we sing have been sung for decades and among them the Welsh songs about the Palestinian struggle were so wonderful. We also improvised some of the songs and it was wonderful. It was an intergenerational choir. So we will be releasing videos and stuff over the next couple of weeks," she added.

The British singer previously spoke on social media about the war that Israel has been waging against Gaza since October 7, 2023, saying that she “cries daily” because of the news and videos coming from the region.

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On December 8, 2023, Church appeared in a video clip on the Instagram platform wearing the Palestinian keffiyeh, saying, “Thank you very much for joining me this morning. To sing for the liberation and protection of the Palestinian people.”

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On December 15, 2023, she appeared in another clip, also wearing the Palestinian keffiyeh, saying, “I would like to share with you regarding how you can contribute in this very difficult time and how to transform this energy and this enthusiasm with Palestine into action to protect and liberate the Palestinian people.”

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“From the river to the sea... Palestine will be liberated”

The appearance of the phrase “From the river to the sea... Palestine will be liberated” dates back to the 1960s, when the Palestine Liberation Organization used it as a call to return to the borders of British colonialism in Palestine, when Jews and Arabs lived together before the declaration of the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948.

The popularity and spread of the phrase continued even as the Palestine Liberation Organization engaged in peace negotiations in the 1990s and recognized Israel's right to exist, and the organization turned to demanding different borders for the future state of Palestine.

For Palestinians, this phrase represents the right to return to their towns and villages from which they were expelled in 1948, and the desire to establish an independent Palestinian state that includes the West Bank, which is bordered by the Jordan River, and the Gaza Strip overlooking the Mediterranean coast.

As for Israel, it considers the slogan anti-Semitic, denies the right of Jews to self-determination, and calls for their expulsion from Palestine.

Charlotte Church... classical and pop singer

Charlotte Maria Church was born on February 21, 1986 in the Llandaff district of Cardiff, the capital of Wales.

Her father is computer engineer Stephen Reid, who separated from her mother, Maria, when she was two years old. Maria then married her second husband, James Church, who adopted Charlotte in 1999. She has 4 siblings.

Church became known as a classical music singer as a child, singing in English, Welsh, Latin, Italian and French.

In 1998, her debut album Voice of an Angel was released, a collection of melodies, religious songs and traditional pieces that sold in the millions worldwide and made her the youngest artist to have a No. 1 album on the British classical crossover charts.

In 1999, her second album, “Charlotte Church,” was released as a self-titled album that also included operatic, religious, and traditional pieces, and ranked 31st in Britain at the time.

In 2000, she released "Dream a Dream", an album containing Christmas carols and a pop-influenced style, borrowing the melody from Faure Pavan and featuring American country singer Billy Gilman.

The year 2001 witnessed her first cinematic appearance in the movie “A Beautiful Mind” with Ron Howard, and in 2002, she released an album called “Prelude”.

In 2003, Church turned to pop music with the opera song “Brave New World,” and by 2007, her songs had sold more than 10 million copies worldwide, including more than 5 million in the United States alone. .

She hosted a talk show on Channel 4 called The Charlotte Church Show, and on October 25, 2010 she released her album Back to Scratch.

In October 2000, at the age of 14, Church released an autobiography, Voice of an Angel – My Life So Far, and then released a second autobiography, Keep Smiling. ) late 2007.

In recent years, Church has engaged in political activism that has included supporting the Labor Party across the United Kingdom. She is a supporter of Welsh independence from Britain. In 2019, Church wrote several opinion pieces for The Guardian newspaper.

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