Dutch street band attacked with tear gas
|During their performance in the Palestinian village Kufr Qadum in northern West Bank, the street orchestra Fanfare van de Eerste Liefdesnacht (The First Night of Love Brass Band) from the Netherlands was attacked with tear gas by the Israeli army, reported Palestine News Network on 29 July 2011.
According to the news network, the 25 musicians were confronted with tens of Israeli soldiers who shot tear gas cannisters from behind their military jeeps during the musical performance. They then found themselves surrounded with snipers. Several members of the band suffered from tear gas inhalation.
The Dutch music orchestra has travelled around the West Bank for a duration of two weeks to perform in towns, villages and refugee camps. They were invited by the town council of Kofr Qadum to perform in the village.
A member of the orchestra explained to Freemuse in an e-mail:
25 years around the world
For over 25 years the Fanfare has been performing at festivals, concerts and celebrations of all kinds around the world — from Great Britain to Romania, from Turkey to Cuba.
Palestine News Network – 29 July 2011:
‘Israeli Army Attacks Dutch Music Orchestra with Tear Gas’
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