Turkey – Musician refuses to boycott Tamar Festival

In spite of pressures, Turkish flautist Omar Faruk Tekbilek performed on October 16 at Tamar Festival, which was held for the 12th time at the Dead Sea. Over the past 15 years, Tekbilek has performed in thousands of festivals in front of hundreds of thousands of people across the world, sold millions of albums and won important awards. This was his 16th visit to Israel since 1998. He has been living in the United States for years, but is still identified with Turkey and knows that he is arriving in Israel at a sensitive time and said: “I will perform at the Tamar Festival, as well as in Nazareth with Arab musicians. I don’t want to discriminate against anyone.”

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