Daughters of Jerusalem: “Do Not Leave Your Country”

Posted on May 16, 2020

Coronavirus sheltering didn’t stop young artists from gathering online. Recently the Daughters of Jerusalem, members of the Edward Said National Conservatory of Music, performed this song, composed by Suhail Khoury with lyrics by Fouad Srouji.

The gist of the song is that the people [of Palestine] should not emigrate as long as the olive tree and the lemon tree blossom. All the powers that have invaded the land have eventually left, so you should not emigrate. The law that will prevail in the end is the law of God the Omnipotent.

The ESNCM, before coronavirus confinement, had produced other video clips [click here]. Firstly, in a tribute to colleague Itiraf Rimawi (director of the Ramallah branch), who is currently imprisoned by the Israeli occupation under so-called administrative detention, and all the Palestinian prisoners, this video is of the song “Ya Ushaq al-Ard Halimmu” (Lovers of the Land, Rise up”) by Ahmad Qabour, and features ESNCM students Reem Malki and Maya Abu Arayes, accompanied by Academic Supervisor in Ramallah branch, George Ghattas.

The second clip is “Salute to Gaza”, composed by ESNCM General Director Suhail Khoury with lyrics by Fouad Srouji. It was arranged by Kjetil Bjerkestrand, and performed by the choir of the ESNCM in Gaza.

The final video is “Ya Naseem al-Rih” (“Oh soft breeze”) by Lebanese composer and supporter and friend of the ESNCM, Marcel Khalife. It is performed by the Gaza Orchestra of the ESNCM with soloist Najlaa Hmeed, and conducted by Anas al-Najjar.