In 2009, Noa, a Jewish-Israeli, and Mira Awad, an Arab-Israeli, performed a song, the Beatles “We Can Work It Out” in Moscow, Russia as part of the Eurovision contest.
The song conveys an inspirational message of hope and understanding.
Several Jewish and Arab local artists and intellectuals called for Awad to step down because, in their view, her participation would convey a false impression of national coexistence that would be used to cover up the deaths of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip.
In an interview. Awad acknowledged this criticism, and said, “We’re not naïve enough to think that we’re representing any existing situation. We are trying to show a possible situation that we believe is possible if we just make the necessary efforts.”
This is at the core of Interfaith harmony, a simple call to respect the humanity of others.