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February 5, 2013 10:35 pm

Unlikely Coupling: Iranian-Israeli Rita to Perform at UN (VIDEO)

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Rita performs in Jerusalem, 2009. Photo: Wikipedia.

Rita, the Israeli-Iranian singer who has been a cultural bridge between the otherwise diametrically opposed nations, will be appearing at the UN on March, 5. The show will be titled “Tunes for Peace” and seeks to “build bridges, foster inner-cultural dialogue, and connect people to people,” according to a flier for the event. The performance will take place in the General Assembly Hall.

In an interview published by The Algemeiner last year Rita explained what she sees as her role in being a cultural ambassador:

“I believe that it’s up to us, the simple folks, to do all we can to break through barriers. I know the people of Iran, I grew up there. They are the most human-loving people there are, so modest and family oriented. It makes me want to show the world the ‘other’ Iran – It’s there. The extreme regime is not the people at all. People kept asking what made me sing in the language of Ahmadinejad, and I answered that his role is so minimal in such an astonishing culture and rich history, he’s just passing through.”

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  • Kia

    Richard, this is giving too much credence to the government of Iran. They are more clever than to spend resources chasing a non-political artist. Theocracies are all alike; they focus first on controlling the masses to extract as much money and resources as possible. The ideology only exists in the hearts and minds of romantics and romantics by definition never reach high pillars of power. They can be found in cemeteries.

  • I don’t think she will be traveling in Iran anytime soon…and she better make enough money to hire a full time professional food taster.

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