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We were singing for Jerusalem as Makassar cathedral was attacked

  • Kornelius Purba

    The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta   /   Tue, March 30, 2021   /  03:25 am
We were singing for Jerusalem as Makassar cathedral was attacked A police officer stands guard in front of the Makassar Catholic Cathedral in South Sulawesi on Monday. A day before, two suicide bombers detonate a bomb at the church's courtyard, killing them and injuring at least 19 churchgoers and church officials. (Antara/Arnas Padda)

Early morning on Palm Sunday, the 11-member Daughters of Jerusalem were singing the The Holy City hymn in Arabic — some say it was mixed with Hebrew — while walking down the streets of Jerusalem, where the Al Aqsa Mosque could be seen from afar. The girls also chanted Allahu Akbar (God is Great). Their cheerful faces were in stark contrast to the state of Palestinians who cannot live in their own homeland. The teenagers expressed hope and optimism, no matter what. Thousands of miles away Princeton Girlchoir performed the song in English in the United States. The two choirs performed in perfect harmony. It was such an alluring combination of beautiful minds from the young girls. I read an article that described their collaboration as “a powerful act of solidarity from young women in a country [the US], Palestinians usually do not experience as a constructive contri...