Iranian singer facing death threats to perform in Tel Aviv alongside Israeli artist

In March, Iranian singer and songwriter Shahin Najafi, who fled his country after religious leaders warranted his execution, will come to Israel to perform alongside a famous Israeli rock artist. “This concert is [a] great opportunity to show the world that Iranian and Israeli people are friends,” Najafi stated.

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For the first time in his career, Israeli singer and songwriter Aviv Geffen will perform his hit song “Good Morning, Iran” as a duet with an Iranian singer. Shahin Najafi, who was well known in Iran for creating music critical of the Islamic faith and the Iranian government, fled to Germany in 2012 after religious decrees (fatwas) calling for his murder were issued. In addition, an Iranian website put a $100,000 bounty on Najafi’s head.

Geffen was surprised when Najafi accepted his invitation to come to Israel and perform a duet with him during an upcoming Tel Aviv rock festival. When Geffen asked him whether his fans will continue to support him after he performs in Israel alongside an Israeli singer, Najafi sounded optimistic: “I think they [will] support me.”

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“We are normal people,” Najafi said when Geffen asked him how Iranians view Israelis. Najafi said that Iranians do not view Israeli people as the enemy. “This concert is [a] great opportunity to show the world that Iranian and Israeli people are friends,” Najafi continued. “This is important.”

British music star Jake Bugg and Israeli singer Dudu Tassa will also perform at Geffen’s rock festival in March.



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