Spotify and Apple Music Have Removed The Palestine Song, Dammi Falastini:
Spotify and Apple Music have removed the song “Ana Dammi Falastini” (My Blood is Palestinian) by Palestinian artist Mohammed Assaf, citing allegations of anti-Semitism. Assaf expressed his surprise during an interview with Al-Araby al-Jadeed after discovering that his song had been remove from both platforms. He received an official email stating that accusations of anti-Semitism were the reason behind the song’s deletion.
Born and raised in Gaza, Assaf took to his Instagram stories to emphasize that the song is deeply ingrain in the hearts of honorable and free individuals. The decision to remove the song reportedly followed a petition organized by pro-Zionist group We Believe in Israel (WBII) and the Board of Deputies, which gathered nearly 4,000 signatures, as reported by Doha News.
In response to Israel’s decision to prevent Assaf from returning to Palestine, Palestinian author and editor of The Palestine Chronicle, Ramzy Baroud, commented on the strategic endeavor of erasing Palestine and the Palestinian people’s history in their homeland. Baroud highlighted the importance of Palestinian culture in providing a sense of continuity and cohesion, allowing Palestinians to maintain their collective identity centered around Palestine despite Israeli occupation and apartheid.