East Jerusalem – Artist Marwan Abado, an Austrian National of Palestinian origin, was detained immediately upon his arrival into Tel Aviv airport on Sunday 20th of July, and then was deported.
Abado was scheduled to participate in the Jerusalem Festival – Songs of Freedom, and in Bethlehem. His detention and deportation came in spite of the fact that Abado had obtained a visa through the Israeli Foreign Ministry. Several diplomatic bodies tried to intervene in the matter to have Abado released, including a representative from the Austrian Embassy, UNDP and the Consulate General of France. However, the Israeli Security continued to deny Abado entry, canceled his visa and put him on the first plane to Vienna after 24 hours of detention.
Regarding the incident, the festival organizers said: “We see such an unjustified action creating another unnecessary obstacle on the road to peace.”
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.