The Wall Street Journal is reporting that renowned Israeli conductor and peace activist Daniel Barenboim is taking an Orchestra to play in Gaza this week. The WSJ correspondent describes the visit as 'likely to enhance the already raised expectations for the end of Gaza's years of isolation'.
Tel Aviv—Daniel Barenboim, a renowned Israeli conductor and Palestinian rights activist, will bring an orchestra of European musicians for a performance in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday.
The concert, coordinated in secret with the United Nations until invitations were distributed Sunday and Monday, would mark a rare solidarity visit from a major international cultural figure to the blockaded Palestinian territory since Hamas' takeover in 2007.
The performance comes on the eve of the signing of a reconciliation accord in Cairo between Hamas and Fatah, the other leading Palestinian faction in the West Bank.
Mr. Barenboim's visit is likely to enhance the already raised expectations for the end of Gaza's years of isolation, a possibility that has stirred Israeli worries about a threat to its security. more