Israeli Arab Singer Nasreen Qadri Talks Performing in Settlements, Mixing Arabic and Hebrew

Qadri, a Muslim women, famously took a stand against BDS, arguing in favor of Radiohead's show in Israel and eventually going on to open for them. We sat down with her after she performed in a Jerusalem-area settlement

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Nasreen Qadri.
Nasreen Qadri.Credit: Emil Salman

Nasreen Qadri, an Israeli Arab and Muslim singer, has no issues about performing in settlements and refuses to bow down to those who say she shouldn't because just she's an Arab.

Qadri first entered the public eye after winning a reality singing competition in 2011 and has since made a name as a gifted singer not afraid to speak out about controversial issues. Most famously, she took a stand against BDS, arguing in favor of Radiohead's show in Israel and eventually going on to open for them with another Israeli singer.

In an op-ed in Newsweek at the time, Qadri described the efforts to "boycott the only democracy in the Middle East" as "counter-productive" and detrimental to those hoping to push for peace and tolerance, a position not usually heard from Israeli Arabs, usually sympathetic to Palestinian causes.

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