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Israeli Hip Hop Takes US
Hadag Nahash overcome tragedy and captivate America
(Rolling Stone)

Hip Hop Thrives in Israel
A decade of Jews and Arabs rockin' the mike
(Rolling Stone)

Israeli Rappers Prove Hip-Hop Will Translate to Any Language
Hip hop hits Israel's mainstream, crossing all ethnic lines.
(Boston Globe)

Hip Hop Breaks Out in the Middle East
Rappers give edgy new voice to their pride and anguish.
(Baltimore Sun)

Progressive Poetry, in the Form of Hebrew Hip Hop
Hadag Nahash brings progressive Israeli hip hop to the Bay Area
(San Francisco Chronicle)

Take Back the Mike
Women rappers are getting on stage and making themselves heard.
(Jerusalem Post)

Hip Hop's Jew Crew Takes Center Stage
“Celebrate Hip Hop: Jewish Artists From Around the Globe" educates hip-hop fans about international Jewish rappers
(Jewish Journal of LA -- cover story)

Hip-Hop Conquers Israel
Giving contemporary issues a fresh, exciting vibe.
(Hadassah -- cover story)

Israeli Hip Hop Band Rocks US
Multi-ethnic Israeli hip-hop band rocks U.S. audiences with reality
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

Israeli Hip Hop on the Rise
Youth turn to hip-hop to express their cultural identities.
(Jewish Telegraphic Agency)

A Hip Hop Tour of the Afterlife
When Tim Barsky saw the world crumbling around him, he wondered what comes next.
(The Forward)

Sabra Madonna
Sarit Hadad, Israel's leading pop diva, takes center stage
(The Forward)

Making a Scene: Multi-Ethnic Hip Hop Rocks Israel
Jews and Arabs co-exist peacefully on the hip hop stage.
(Pacific News Service)

Israeli Rapper Takes U.S.
Subliminal kicks off tour, kicks up controversy
(Rolling Stone)

Israeli rapper Subliminal makes his U.S. debut tonight in Los Angeles, but his presence has already been felt around the world. Known as a right-wing Zionist, the hip-hop star -- whose latest album went gold on its first day in stores and who will team with Wyclef Jean, Ashanti and Miri Ben-Ari for his next one -- has incited demonstrations from France to Canada.

Subliminal, born Kobi Shimoni, is not afraid of political confrontation, and he stands by admittedly militant songs like "Biladi" (Arabic for "My Land"). "When we talk politics with Arabs in Israel, they say, 'My grandfather used to live in Tel Aviv, and now it's owned by Jewish people -- we want to come back,'" he says. "I respond, 'My parents came from Iran and Tunisia, but nobody is going to give our property back to us. It's all been confiscated . . . We have this little sandbox we call Israel. We give our hearts and lives to make it a proud country. Every one serves in the Israeli Defense Force in order for Israel to survive. You have half of the globe. What the fuck do you want from us? Go live in Saudi Arabia.'" (full article)


First published in Rolling Stone, March 2, 2005. All rights reserved. No portion of this article may be used without the author's permission.

The Flying Camel
Seal Press, 2003

Seventeen first-person stories bridge divisions between Arab and Jew, East and West, and navigate through tensions between Judaism, Islam, and Christianity.

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Pearl In A Million Press, 2001

True story pushes the boundaries of response to street harassment, offering a breathtaking ride over the edges of female socialization.

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