Moshing for Peace: Israeli, Palestinian Metal Bands to Share Stage on European Tour

Orphaned Land, which has a large fan base in Syria, will be warmed up by Khalas, as well as a Jordanian band.

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The Israeli metal rock band Orphaned Land is going on a European tour this September, and its warm-up act will be the Palestinian metal band Khalas from Acre, as well as Bilocate from Jordan and the French bands Klone and The Mars Chronicle.

The last song on Orphaned Land's new album that was released last month called "All is One," is dedicated to the people of Syria. According to its lead singer, Kobi Farchi, "Children" is probably the saddest song they wrote. It is dedicated to the children under fire in countries where the adults are acting irresponsibly. "It is happening right now in Syria, but also in Sderot and Gaza," he said.

The video for the song uploaded to YouTube by a fan juxtaposes images of the fights in Syria with images from the band's concerts. In January 2012, the

"Orphaned Land in Syria" Facebook page for Syrian fans reached 1,072 likes. In recent months, the manager of the page has had trouble maintaining it due to power outages and internet connectivity problems.

Farchi says the band has "a very strong connection to our gans in Syria, and we are waiting for a miracle to happen so we can play there. The band has fans all over the Middle East, Israel and the settlements, as well as Iran and Syria. Some of them came to a concert we had in

Orphaned Land performingCredit: Daniel Tchetchik

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