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'People living in Lebanon's refugee camps can never forget Palestine.'
Last Modified: 25 May 2011 11:45

Mohamed el-Turk, rapper with I-VOICE:

"We were criticised a great deal. People think rap is about gangsters and corruption. They kept criticising us for linking the Palestinian cause to this kind of singing.

We talked to a party official and let him listen to our songs. He was then convinced and supported us and our music. 

For me, Palestine is a memory. Probably for all Palestinians. As you walk around here, you can see the Palestinian flag and pictures of Jerusalem on the walls. People living in Lebanon's refugee camps can never forget Palestine. Here is like a second Palestine. Just as Palestinians in Palestine suffer, those living in refugee camps suffer too. The 13 Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon are a second Palestine. 

I criticise Lebanon sometimes, but that doesn't mean I'm not Lebanese or that I only consider the refugee camp as my homeland. I'm not racist or against the Lebanese people. We are one with the Lebanese people. We co-exist with them and we inter-marry. But we criticise the state itself, just as the Lebanese do. We call for our rights. The Lebanese call for their rights too.

We co-exist with the Lebanese people but we criticise the state."

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