On the 6 of July, Syrian singer, Assala Nasri, has been condemned by the General Authority for Culture in Libya’s Government of National Accord (GNA) for showing the image of Libyan hero Omar Al-Mukhtar next to Egyptian President Abdel Fattah Al-Sisi in her new music video, reported the Middle East Monitor.
According to Al Marsad, Asala`s new music video is made for the song “Love and Peace”, which is about spreading hope and positivity in the whole world. The video presents both foreign and Arabic influential figures that have affected human life. The authorities announced in their statement that portraying the image of Omar al-Mukhtar (a famous resistance figure during the Italian colonial era in Libya) next to Abdel-Fattah el-Sisi (the head of the Egyptian regime) is “an insult to all Libyans”. They have filed an official complaint against the singer in the local and international courts, as well as in the artists` union, reported the En Abbaldi.
“Omar Al-Mukhtar’s character cannot be compared to a war criminal who killed his people and seized power in a military coup, and has also participated in the killing of Libyans by supporting the militia of Major General Khalifa Haftar.” said the GNA, according to the news outlet Al Marsad.
The video also caused controversy on social media. A report on the channel Al-Jazeera claimed that the song “angered” Arab followers. “Tell us for God’s sake! Now Al Assad is no longer a dictator? Singing for Al-Sisi? Is he more democratic and just than Al Assad?”, criticized the singer the presenter Ghada Owaism, according to the report of the Middle East Monitor.