“Innocent Criminals”: Palestinian Rappers Take on Occupation, Racism and Domestic Violence.
There is no doubt that Palestinian hip hop was truly born alongside DAM. Bothers Tamar and Suhell Nafar and Mahmoud Jreri formed the group (meaning Da Arab MCs) back in 1999 and initially rapped in Hebrew at hip hop clubs in Tel Aviv. “48 Palestinians” living in what became Israel in 1948, the group recorded non-political raps until the Second Intifada (Uprising) against Israeli occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, which included demonstrations by Palestinian citizens of Israel, inspired DAM to address the Palestinian condition under Israeli rule within Israel itself and the adjacent Occupied Territories. (suite..)