Egyptian rapper El-Ganainy challenges historical misconceptions in new track responding to Gaza war

Ahram Online , Wednesday 8 Nov 2023

In his recent track Land of Canaan released last week, Egyptian rapper El-Ganainy presents Palestine's multi-cultural history, while challenging the current Western narrative that labels resistance to the Israeli occupation as terrorism.

Canaan

 

“Welcome to Palestine. The land of the world. As Tamim al-Barghouti said 'You'll find [in Palestine] the Africans, the Europeans, the Kipchaks, the Slavs, the Bosniaks, the Tatar, the Turks, the believers, the disbelievers, the poor, the rich, the hermits, and the miscreants.' Here lie all sorts of people who ever walked the earth. I wish you read history before you fabricate it. I wish you were part of the geography, but no you were out!" read the lyrics written by El-Ganainy, an artistic psudonym of rapper Omar Ahmed Zaghloul.

While presenting listeners with a brief history of Palestine, the rapper also addresses Western perceptions about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict

"Speaking from Egypt, the mother of the world, daughter of the Nile. So you already know who I am. You are against humanity, fear God! There's a difference between resistance and terrorism, just like there's a difference between Zionism and Judaism."

Although the song scored just 58,000 views since its release on 1 November, it is still trending on YouTube in Egypt, scoring the 13th position in 'Trending for Music'. It is also the most viewed video on El-Genainy's YouTube channel.

The track is the rapper’s response to the ongoing Israeli war on Gaza that has so far killed more than 10,000 Palestinians.

The United Nations Security Council failed to pass a resolution, due to the US's opposition to demanding a cease-fire for the delivery of essential aid and to prevent further civilian loss of life.

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