First Lady Erdoğan receives Palestinian musicians in Ankara


The Palestinian Youth Orchestra will perform a unique concert tonight at the Presidential Symphony Orchestra (CSO) of Turkey in the capital Ankara at the invitation of First Lady Emine Erdoğan. Before the concert, the first lady welcomed the young Palestinian musicians to the presidential compound on Monday.

After their very first performance in Ankara, the Palestinian musicians will also perform their “Concert for Peace” on Thursday at the Atatürk Cultural Center (AKM) in Istanbul in cooperation with the CSO.

Speaking at the reception, First Lady Erdoğan said the idea for the concert came to life after her phone call with Palestinian musician Mariam Afifi.

First Lady Emine Erdoğan (right) greets Palestinian musician Mariam Afifi, Presidential Complex, Ankara, Turkey, July 18, 2022. (AA)

In May 2021, the artist, detained while defending Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem amid Israeli attacks on Palestinians, became one of the symbols of resistance after images of her smiling went viral on social networks.

Noting that Muslims, Christians and Jews lived together in the past and developed deep-rooted ties, Erdoğan pointed out that different religions and sects lived in a unique climate of peace in Palestine under Ottoman rule.

She pointed out that Muslims, Christians and Jews live together in friendship and worship freely in Anatolia, where many civilizations intersect and various religions, languages ​​and races coexist.

“However, today, all over the world, a great effort is made to pit people against each other based on their beliefs.

First Lady Emine Erdoğan welcomes the Palestinian Youth Orchestra, Presidential Complex, Ankara, Turkey, July 18, 2022. (AA)

First Lady Emine Erdoğan welcomes the Palestinian Youth Orchestra, Presidential Complex, Ankara, Turkey, July 18, 2022. (AA)

“Racism, unfortunately, infects our hearts like an incurable disease. If we seek a cure for these difficult trials and troubles in our world, we must apply the recipes of civilization. We must revive the culture of tolerance and maintain it. ” like a lifeline. For this, first of all, we must accept all people as part of a brotherhood,” she added.

“Crimes against humanity must be our common concern. Each and every one of them must be on the agenda of the international community. Wherever human rights, women’s rights and children’s rights are violated, our hearts must beat there, because true consciousness is also close to all the tears shed,” Erdoğan said.

“At this point, I believe art is a tool that reaches people the fastest and conveys ideas and emotions in their finest form,” the first lady said, adding that art is vanguard of the unifying forces.

“Because art, seeping through all prejudice, reaches the most sensitive, innocent and closest point to the truth of the heart. It reminds people of peace and unity. Therefore, if there is a medicine that will make people lose their numbness, it is art.”

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