Party at a Religious Place – level 3

05-01-2021 07:00

Palestinian techno DJ Sama Abdul-Hadi has been detained for holding a gig at an ancient Nabi Musa shrine. The shrine is believed to be the burial place of the Prophet Moses, and it dates back to the 12th century.

The DJ was arrested last week following the performance at the shrine which is also a mosque and Palestinians visit it to pray. A group of men entered the site, disrupted the performance, and drove out the attendees. The event sparked debate on social media, and it led to an investigation with the ministry of tourism looking into the matter. Some people expressed anger at the DJ for filming at an important religious site; however, according to her brother, they had permission to be there.

An online petition has been launched demanding the release of the DJ whose detention Palestinian police extended by 15 days.

Difficult words: gig (a live performance), shrine (a holy place that is dedicated to a saint person), petition (a formal document that is signed by a lot of people who make a request to an authority or government).

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