Meet the Multilingual Hip-hop Outfit Born in a Bomb Shelter

System Ali, which is about to drop its first album, sings in Arabic, Hebrew, Russian and English – but don’t call them a coexistence band.

A few years ago, shortly after coming together as the hip-group System Ali, some of its members gave a workshop in a school in Jaffa, their hometown. They were shocked to find “No talking in Arabic or Russian in the classroom” written on the blackboard.