A new music video produced by 7amleh takes on the sectarian military recruitment policies employed by Israel to foster divisions in the Palestinian community.

7amleh has produced a new music video for acclaimed Palestinian artists Jowan Sadafi and Tamer Nafa which challenges Israel’s sectarian military recruitment policies.

The video follows a group of Israeli scientists attempting to create a new type of Arab, a metaphor for attempts by the Israeli State to weaken shared Palestinian identity through efforts to recruit Palestinian Christians and Druze into the military. For more details about Israel’s sectarian recruitment policies click here.

Read the full lyrics below (English translation):

Welcome to your army suit
Welcome to your two-way radio
Welcome to your perfect accent,
Welcome to your whitewashing girl
Welcome to your bread and butter in your M16
How could you lay their saw on your family tree?

Step by step
Little by little
We are turning into
Israelis

They stripped us of our land
They stripped us of our identity
They dressed us with boots
And a military suit

He went to the army that went into his house and displaced his family
Killed some, expelled some, and divided the survivors
Some resist, some bargain, and some fight us instead

(Chorus)
Step by step
Little by little
We are turning into
Israelis

They stripped us of our land
They stripped us of our identity
They dressed us with boots
And a military suit

The clerics wrote a new religion and found us a nationality
Our father became the father of militarism
The rout and the mind were uprooted
Ignorance was planted and fertilised with the shitty sectarianism

(Chorus)
Step by step – welcome to the first
Slowly – welcome to the Slow slow
We are transforming – welcome the zombies
Into Israelis – welcome the ghen ghen

They stripped us of our land – welcome the civilized
They stripped us of our identity – really, you are a boss
They dressed us with boots – you deserve an airplane
And a an army suit uniform – but they won’t let you fly
Why why why why why why why why
Why do you lay their saw on your family tree?
Why why why why why why why why
Why do you lay their saw on your family tree?

He pulls me over to side of the road
I got a sparkle in my eye and many dirty words
Yes I have an ID, it is you who lacks the identity
You have light bombs, but still no light in your neighborhood
What? This is poverty, unemployment, innocence, naivety, treason
To be settled with them you need to be ashamed of us
You can be angry because our situation is truly outrageous
From bad to worse
I have a dream to end the Jewish state’s regime
I have a nightmare to live under an Arab state regime
Either a settler stepping on my head, or a beast ISISing my head
Yes, from bad to worse, it doesn’t matter
A Syrian child on a Turkish beach, it doesn’t matter
Or a 4 children on Gaza beach, doesn’t matter
Fleeing a knife or fleeing an Apache
It doesn’t matter, it really doesn’t matter
If you’re a an Israeli jailor or a Hamas fighter, in their eyes it doesn’t matter
In their eyes, you are still an Arab, my brother, it doesn’t matter

(Chorus)
Step by step
Little by little
We are turning into
Israelis

They stripped us of our land
They stripped us of our identity
They dressed us with boots
And a military uniform

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Written, composed and performed by Jowan Safadi & Tamer Nafar
Music production by Jethro Beats and Tam Cooper
Mixed by Tam Cooper
Backing vocals – Nasrin Gendawe

Actors:
Arab Soldier – Nehad Rada
Big Boss – Ward Kayal
Male Doctor – Rami Yunis
Female Doctor – Kela Sappir
Israeli Soldier – Shoshi
Male extra #1 – Eyas Rizik
Male extra #2 – Majd Shakor
Girl – Marwa Slayeh
Man with child – Issam Sabbah
Little girl – Tia Sabbah
Little Boy – Abudi Sabbah

Makeup: Tanya Yirushalmi

Special thanks to:
The Arab Cultural Association
Indigenous Sessions
Ahdab Khatib
Bassem Zubedat
Tameem Zoabi
Wassim Kheir
Rola Zubedat

Director of Photography: Suhel Nafar
Directed & Edited by Eli Rezik