Photo: Noa Ben Shalom

Photo: Noa Ben Shalom

By Abigail Klein Leichman - August 7, 2016 

Originally appeared here in Israel21c

The dulcet voices of the women in Jaffa’s Rana Choir give the impression of perfect harmony.

The 10 Arab and 10 Jewish singers do have a strong bond, yet their views are hardly monolithic.

“It’s not easy; we don’t all agree about everything all the time,” says Lubna Rifi, 40, an Arab Muslim resident of Jaffa who joined the group last year.

“It’s challenging to hear other opinions and try to understand the other person’s point of view. But at least you are seeing the picture from their side and they are seeing it from your side,” she tells ISRAEL21c. “In this amazing choir we are doing something to change our difficult reality.” Read More