Heartbeat unites Israeli and Palestinian youth musicians to build critical understanding, develop creative nonviolent tools for social change, and amplify their voices to influence the world around them.
As a positive alternative to the status quo of prejudice, violence, and segregation, Heartbeat creates spaces and opportunities for Palestinian and Israeli youth musicians to build critical awareness, respect, and trust while harnessing creative nonviolent tools for self-expression and social change. Engaging in an ongoing music, dialogue, and empowerment process, Heartbeat youth musicians become agents of change; harnessing the tools of creativity to imagine possibilities, ask questions, and publicly address systemic problems such as violence, and inequality — partnering to create a safe, equitable future for all.
After months of learning and writing music, engaging in dialogue about the realities they face, and rehearsing as a band, Heartbeat youth musicians bring their awareness and music to their communities through concerts and music videos. Heartbeat's most recent music video, "Hopeless Town," was written by Heartbeat: Haifa youth musician Rasha Nahas, and performed live by both Rasha and Neomi Zahor. This moving song can be as loud as politicians and louder than divisive rhetoric if we choose to face the truth and act to create "peaceful generations." Join Rasha and Neomi's call to action by sharing their video and amplifying their voices to the world.
Lyrics by Rasha Nahas