Despite restrictions, Daniel Barenboim, a Jewish pianist and conductor, gave a concert for peace at the Palestinian Bir Zeit University near Ramallah.

New York Times: ‘Moonlight’ and Mendelssohn in the West Bank

(via American Samizdat)

From Barenboim’s website:

Only twenty-four hours. To change the world you must stick to this timetable. In my dream, I am Prime Minister of Israel. My baton conducts a magnificent new symphony- a Treaty celebrating the harmonious co-existence of Israel and Palestine. In this work I will accomplish what has been impossible until now – the equal rights of these two peoples in the Middle East. The theme of the overture has Jerusalem as the common capital city. This Holy Town should immediately become a shared home for Christians, Muslims and Jews. For me, Jerusalem is a city that still resonates with a history from beyond the ancient civilizations of Rome and Athens.