Famous US singer speaks up for Palestinian rights

RAMALLAH, Famous American singer, songwriter, producer and activist John Legend recently spoke out about Palestinians’ rights during an interview on the Real Time With Bill Maher show on HBO with American comedian and political commentator Bill Maher.

As the show was discussing the #MeTooMovement and the allegedly anti-Semitic comments made by Ilhan Omar, the Muslim Somali-American politician currently serving as the U.S. Representative for Minnesota’s 5th congressional district, Legend, defending Omar, said that Palestinians’ rights should be spoken about.

As progressives we should always speak up for human rights of Palestinians, and for too long, Legend said. I think it has been out of balance for progressives to talk about rights of Palestinians.

This is not the first the 40-year-old Glory singer stood for Palestine as he has always been vocal in his support for the Palestinians.

During 2014 the Gaza-Israel war, he criticized the then-US Secretary of State John Kerry’s attempts to broker a ceasefire deal between Palestine and Israel.

In that same year, he gave a speech for graduates at the University of Pennsylvania, in which he mentioned Palestinians.

It means we see a young Palestinian kid not as a future security threat or demographic challenge, but as a future father, mother and lover, Legend said during the speech. It means that the nearly 300 kidnapped girls in Nigeria aren’t just their problem. They’re ‘our’ girls too. It’s actually quite a challenge to love humankind in this way.

Source: Palestinian News & Info Agency

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