'Hello you': Israeli-UAE joint song praised as 'YouTube hit' despite wide-scale disapproval
'Hello you': Israeli-UAE joint song praised as 'YouTube hit' despite wide-scale disapproval

The scene cuts from Dubai to Tel Aviv, the lyrics switch from Arabic to Hebrew to English and the song is a slightly kitsch electro-pop duet by artists who, for now, remain apart.The normalisation of ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates has produced its first musical collaboration: “Ahlan Bik”, or “Hello you” in Arabic.”This is a historic moment,” said Israeli singer Elkana Marziano, whose duet with Emirati artist Walid Aljasim has clocked more than 1.1 million YouTube views since it was posted on September 30.Despite attracting attention, the video has also sparked outrage from Pa…

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