An Israeli delegation to the United Nations will host Iranian-born Israeli singer Rita at the General Assembly on Tuesday evening for the first event of its kind, entitled "Tunes for Peace."
Dignitaries expected to attend include UN secretary-general, the general-assembly president, ambassadors and diplomats, as well as leaders of the New York Jewish and Iranian communities and other high-profile figures.
Rita will perform her greatest hits in Hebrew and English, alongside songs in Farsi from her latest album "Hasmachot Sheli" (My Joys).
Israel's Ambassador to the UN Ron Prosor said the "voices usually heard in the General Assembly are those of condemnation and criticism towards Israel. Rita’s concert will allow the world to hear different voices – those of peace, hope, and multiculturalism, This is the real voice of Israel," Prosor said.
Rita expressed that she "couldn't imagine what the powers that be had in store for her" when she started work on her latest album.
She related being astonished by the fact that the album has been a success in Israel, considernig the "very tense time we have been experiencing vis-a-vis the Iranian government (and I emphasize the government, not the nation), but I am amazed that my album has been embraced here," the singer said.
"As a result of the album's success in Iran, media throughout the world is moved and relating to it as a source of hope and connection, in an amazingly non-cynical way," she said.