‘Music is very important to me. Playing my special instrument, the oud, is the most beautiful and interesting experience. I love the oud's voice so much, it sounds very affectionate and close to the heart.'
Noor continues in 2013:
'Whenever I hear the oud's sound, I am at one with my Palestinian roots and the people, as it is a traditional Arabic instrument. When I sing, my voice blends with the sounds of the oud, as if we were one and the same. I perform solo, but also play with other musicians. I love doing both.'
Six years later in 2019 she writes:
'I’m really doing well, now after 6 years I become a music teacher, i’m teaching pupils in elementary school I’m very happy and satisfied. i’m doing my second year (MA) in Ethnomusicology at the university of haifa. I can say that everything is very good, i cant forget that i’m here now because of your supporting. Ready to support others'
"ALLOWING YOUNG PALESTINIANS TO STUDY IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY".
Is the objective of the Foundation Friends of Nazareth.
By awarding grants to primarily female Palestinian students these are given the opportunity to go to university or college in Haifa, Tel Aviv, Jerusalem en Beer Sheva.
The initiative was taken by the Foundation in 1989 as young female Palestinians can difficultly apply for scholarships in their own country.
Our organisation wants, in this way, to help find a peaceful solution to this, seemingly, unsolvable conflict between Palestinians and Israelis.
Edited in the first week of Januar you can read now the new Policy Plan of Stichting Vrienden van Nazareth.
FRIENDS December 2019, the new contactletter number 65 is edited. You can receive your own copy by becoming a 'Friend' of the foundation 'Stichting Vrienden van Nazareth'. Do you have any comment? Please let us know for the next issue in 2020