Israeli Cantor, Broadway Star Dudu Fisher Says ‘Energy of the World Comes From Jerusalem’ (EXCLUSIVE)
Israeli cantorial virtuoso Dudu Fisher talked to The Algemeiner on Thursday about Jerusalem, ahead of his performance later his month in New York City.
“The world is moving because of the energy of Jerusalem,” he said. “I think all my success around the world — whatever I did, whatever I am doing — it all comes from the energy of Jerusalem, from the power I’m getting from there.”
The Broadway star, who used to live in Jerusalem but now resides in the Galilee, will perform his multi-media autobiographic show, “Jerusalem,” in New York City March 27–30 at the Museum of Jewish Heritage. He is currently performing it in Miami.
When asked about the recent wave of terrorist attacks in Israel, many of which have taken place in Jerusalem, Fisher said he believes the city is a “very peaceful” place, but that its tranquility is being destroyed by “some crazy people on both sides.” However, he said he is confident Israelis will remain resilient in spite of the violence around them.
He also said it is not a new phenomenon. “This kind of thing was going on in Israel even before World War I; there were always killings. They [the Arabs] never wanted us over there,” asserted Fisher, who is the son of a Holocaust survivor. “I am sure that one day there is going to be peace. When is that going to come? I have no idea. But we’ve lived with this for 100 years, and we will live with it another 100 years if we need to, because we are very strong people.”
Fisher said that through his show, he hopes to show the public a “united Jerusalem,” an image he believes is not portrayed by the media. He said the press tends to focus on the bloodshed, while forgetting about other aspects of the city.
For example, he said, many of his Arab and Palestinian friends in east Jerusalem have told him they would rather live under an Israeli government than a Palestinian one.
“They want to live in Israel because Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East. They don’t want to live under the [PLO chief] Yasser Arafat that was and the Abu Mazen [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas] of today. They want to live under Bibi Netanyahu because they have a good life,” he said. “I talk to them a lot and I know it for a fact, that such a big percentage of these people don’t want to be a part of a future Palestinian state if it comes into being one day. They want to stay in Israel. And if you speak to 90 percent of the Muslim citizens of Israel, they will tell you the same thing.”