Jerusalem24 – A song created in the style of a sea shanty has exploded on the internet.
32-year-old Egyptian content producer Iman Askar began the video by describing how Christians, Muslims and Jews once lived on a land called Palestine, which was ruled by the Ottoman Empire in the 1800s. She continues to explain the history of Zionism and how a “bearded man” (Theodore Herzl) established a home for all Jews in the region, then talked about the stage where England took the First World. Colonized Palestine after the war.
In addition to being translated into Turkish and Arabic, the video has been viewed more than 10 million times in less than 48 hours.
Askar said, “The main reason for me to make this video was when I looked at my old stuff and discovered a sketchbook from the age of 7-8 years old. I remember that my teacher requested that we ask create something related to the Eid, and how we wanted to celebrate the festival.” At the time, 21 years ago the Palestinians were in the midst of the Second Intifada. Askar adds that, “I remember watching children die and houses falling on the news. I found it ironic that after 21 years, exactly the same thing is happening again.”
The content creator also clarified how she generally made her recordings in Arabic. However, given the global power of social media in today’s era, she felt compelled to create something in English to reach a wider audience.
Below is the video itself.