Israeli Singer Rita a Hit at UN General Assembly

March 5, 2013 – United Nations General Assembly – New York, NY

Can you believe it?

“[Israel’s] UN Ambassador [Ron] Prosor has pulled off one of the most unusual diplomatic achievements ever: a full-fledged UN-sponsored Farsi-Hebrew musical event full of goodwill and sympathy towards Israel.”

“Inside the hall of the General Assembly at the United Nations building in New York, it seemed at times that either the messiah had arrived or the world had turned inside-out Bizarro, like in the Superman comics: Rita, one of Israel’s most popular performers, was singing in Farsi and Hebrew; Israelis were dancing in the aisles: diplomats from around the world were clapping and begging for more; Israeli Ambassador Ron Prosor was the hero of the day; Secretary General Ban Ki Moon said “shalom” and General Assembly President Vuk Jeremic, it turned out, hails from a family of Righteous Gentiles.”

Continue reading from Chemi Shalev’s Haaretz blog post.

Rita Sings Time for Peace

“Ahead of her upcoming concert at the United Nations Headquarters in New York ((March 5th, 2013)), Israeli singer Rita recorded a new version of ‘Time for Peace’, a song taken from her second English album, released in the year 2000.”

From The Jerusalem Post:

Rita sang in Persian, Hebrew and English to the packed hall during an event that sent a very intentional message from Israel to Iran that its strategic enemy is a nation rich in culture and in search of peace, Prosor told The Jerusalem Post.

 “It’s saying, through music, that we have nothing against your people,” Prosor said. “And while you play the drums of war, we’re playing songs of love and peace. That’s a different message, and I’m sure that to people in Iran who listen to this, this will make a difference.”

Rita’s family was among tens of thousands of Jews who fled Iran during and after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. Rita told the Post that performing in the very forum where Israel’s statehood was debated gave her an extraordinary feeling of satisfaction, despite the fact that her father – a school teacher in Tehran before he moved his family to Israel when she was eight – died a week ago.

Watch the Concert:

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