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On tour with the Palestine Youth Orchestra

Musicians of the Palestine Youth Orchestra, Palestinian Sari Tarazi and Sytake Pas from Norway, are seen after their rehearsal at the Theater Orpheus in Apeldoorn, Netherlands August 15, 2019. The Palestine Youth Orchestra, which has been touring Europe for three weeks, includes 76 members crossing borders and religious divides, include Muslims, Druze and Christians. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

Musicians of the Palestine Youth Orchestra, Palestinian Sari Tarazi and Sytake Pas from Norway, are seen after their rehearsal at the Theater Orpheus in Apeldoorn, Netherlands August 15, 2019. The Palestine Youth Orchestra, which has been touring...more

Musicians of the Palestine Youth Orchestra, Palestinian Sari Tarazi and Sytake Pas from Norway, are seen after their rehearsal at the Theater Orpheus in Apeldoorn, Netherlands August 15, 2019. The Palestine Youth Orchestra, which has been touring Europe for three weeks, includes 76 members crossing borders and religious divides, include Muslims, Druze and Christians. REUTERS/Eva Plevier
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Ibrahim Masri of the Palestine Youth Orchestra is seen during a rehearsal at The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Most international musicians would balk at the notion of a two-day journey to final rehearsals past military checkpoints on alert for weapons smugglers - but for 19-year-old viola player Ibrahim Masri it's an occupational hazard.

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Ibrahim Masri of the Palestine Youth Orchestra is seen during a rehearsal at The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Most international musicians would balk at the notion of a two-day journey to final rehearsals past military checkpoints on...more

Ibrahim Masri of the Palestine Youth Orchestra is seen during a rehearsal at The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Most international musicians would balk at the notion of a two-day journey to final rehearsals past military checkpoints on alert for weapons smugglers - but for 19-year-old viola player Ibrahim Masri it's an occupational hazard. REUTERS/Eva Plevier
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Musicians of the Palestine Youth Orchestra perform at the Theater Orpheus in Apeldoorn, Netherlands. The members say they cannot gather the full orchestra at home because Israeli restrictions make it too hard to bring together members from Gaza, the West Bank, Jerusalem and refugees abroad. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

Musicians of the Palestine Youth Orchestra perform at the Theater Orpheus in Apeldoorn, Netherlands. The members say they cannot gather the full orchestra at home because Israeli restrictions make it too hard to bring together members from Gaza, the...more

Musicians of the Palestine Youth Orchestra perform at the Theater Orpheus in Apeldoorn, Netherlands. The members say they cannot gather the full orchestra at home because Israeli restrictions make it too hard to bring together members from Gaza, the West Bank, Jerusalem and refugees abroad. REUTERS/Eva Plevier
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The Palestine Youth Orchestra is seen during a rehearsal at The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Netherlands. "We can play but it is hard to travel," said Ibrahim, who had to travel two days from Nablus in the West Bank through neighboring Jordan to reach Oslo, where the tour convened. "When we go to (the West Bank's) Birzeit or to Ramallah we pass through checkpoints. And especially when you have your musical instrument and get searched, you get asked 'What is this, why is this with you?'" he told Reuters TV. "It's always a hassle when you move from one town to another in order to meet." REUTERS/Eva Plevier

The Palestine Youth Orchestra is seen during a rehearsal at The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Netherlands. "We can play but it is hard to travel," said Ibrahim, who had to travel two days from Nablus in the West Bank through neighboring Jordan to reach...more

The Palestine Youth Orchestra is seen during a rehearsal at The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Netherlands. "We can play but it is hard to travel," said Ibrahim, who had to travel two days from Nablus in the West Bank through neighboring Jordan to reach Oslo, where the tour convened. "When we go to (the West Bank's) Birzeit or to Ramallah we pass through checkpoints. And especially when you have your musical instrument and get searched, you get asked 'What is this, why is this with you?'" he told Reuters TV. "It's always a hassle when you move from one town to another in order to meet." REUTERS/Eva Plevier
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Singer Nai Barghouti of the Palestine Youth Orchestra sings during a final performance at The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Netherlands. With a program combining traditional classical and Arabic music, the orchestra played dates in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

Singer Nai Barghouti of the Palestine Youth Orchestra sings during a final performance at The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Netherlands. With a program combining traditional classical and Arabic music, the orchestra played dates in Norway, Sweden,...more

Singer Nai Barghouti of the Palestine Youth Orchestra sings during a final performance at The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Netherlands. With a program combining traditional classical and Arabic music, the orchestra played dates in Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Germany and the Netherlands. REUTERS/Eva Plevier
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Cellist Jude Qalawi embraces her friend after their last performance at The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Netherlands. "They're always the best trips of my life. We get very close to each other, and we share unforgettable experiences," said Qalawi. She and her compatriots earned standing ovations at the finale in Amsterdam's palatial Concertgebouw, the home venue of PYO conductor Vincent de Kort. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

Cellist Jude Qalawi embraces her friend after their last performance at The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Netherlands. "They're always the best trips of my life. We get very close to each other, and we share unforgettable experiences," said Qalawi. She...more

Cellist Jude Qalawi embraces her friend after their last performance at The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Netherlands. "They're always the best trips of my life. We get very close to each other, and we share unforgettable experiences," said Qalawi. She and her compatriots earned standing ovations at the finale in Amsterdam's palatial Concertgebouw, the home venue of PYO conductor Vincent de Kort. REUTERS/Eva Plevier
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The Palestine Youth Orchestra is seen during a final performance at The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Conductor Vincent de Kort became involved with the orchestra after playing a concert in Jordan in 2017. "I think the music speaks for itself," he said. "The message is beauty... is understanding. And music is the best language to do that because everyone in the world loves music." REUTERS/Eva Plevier

The Palestine Youth Orchestra is seen during a final performance at The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Conductor Vincent de Kort became involved with the orchestra after playing a concert in Jordan in 2017. "I think the music speaks for...more

The Palestine Youth Orchestra is seen during a final performance at The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Conductor Vincent de Kort became involved with the orchestra after playing a concert in Jordan in 2017. "I think the music speaks for itself," he said. "The message is beauty... is understanding. And music is the best language to do that because everyone in the world loves music." REUTERS/Eva Plevier
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Tibah Saad plays her cello during a rehearsal at the Theater Orpheus in Apeldoorn, Netherlands. Aged 14 to 27, its players on this tour came from Jerusalem, the Israeli-occupied West Bank, and inside Israel itself. There were also Palestinian musicians from Jordan, Syria and Lebanon, and some non-Palestinians. However, unlike on previous tours, nobody from Gaza made this trip, orchestra manager Zeina Khoury said. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

Tibah Saad plays her cello during a rehearsal at the Theater Orpheus in Apeldoorn, Netherlands. Aged 14 to 27, its players on this tour came from Jerusalem, the Israeli-occupied West Bank, and inside Israel itself. There were also Palestinian...more

Tibah Saad plays her cello during a rehearsal at the Theater Orpheus in Apeldoorn, Netherlands. Aged 14 to 27, its players on this tour came from Jerusalem, the Israeli-occupied West Bank, and inside Israel itself. There were also Palestinian musicians from Jordan, Syria and Lebanon, and some non-Palestinians. However, unlike on previous tours, nobody from Gaza made this trip, orchestra manager Zeina Khoury said. REUTERS/Eva Plevier
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Palestine Youth Orchestra member Mostafa Saad plays the Oud outside his home in the Druze town of Mughar in northern Israel. An easier journey was had by Mostafa Saad, the 21-year-old concert master and lead violinist, whose two brothers and sister also play with the orchestra. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Palestine Youth Orchestra member Mostafa Saad plays the Oud outside his home in the Druze town of Mughar in northern Israel. An easier journey was had by Mostafa Saad, the 21-year-old concert master and lead violinist, whose two brothers and sister...more

Palestine Youth Orchestra member Mostafa Saad plays the Oud outside his home in the Druze town of Mughar in northern Israel. An easier journey was had by Mostafa Saad, the 21-year-old concert master and lead violinist, whose two brothers and sister also play with the orchestra. REUTERS/Amir Cohen
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Palestine Youth Orchestra member Omar Saad plays the viola as he practices at home in the Druze town of Mughar in northern Israel. None of the Saad brothers did army duty, despite coming from Israel's Druze Arab community, whose men usually serve in the Israeli military. "Once you play with your friends in Palestine you can never imagine yourself holding a rifle instead of your instrument," said Mostafa. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Palestine Youth Orchestra member Omar Saad plays the viola as he practices at home in the Druze town of Mughar in northern Israel. None of the Saad brothers did army duty, despite coming from Israel's Druze Arab community, whose men usually serve in...more

Palestine Youth Orchestra member Omar Saad plays the viola as he practices at home in the Druze town of Mughar in northern Israel. None of the Saad brothers did army duty, despite coming from Israel's Druze Arab community, whose men usually serve in the Israeli military. "Once you play with your friends in Palestine you can never imagine yourself holding a rifle instead of your instrument," said Mostafa. REUTERS/Amir Cohen
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Palestinian violinist Ibrahim Al-Masri rehearses as his parents watch him in their home in Nablus, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini

Palestinian violinist Ibrahim Al-Masri rehearses as his parents watch him in their home in Nablus, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini

Palestinian violinist Ibrahim Al-Masri rehearses as his parents watch him in their home in Nablus, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini
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Palestinian violinist Ibrahim Al-Masri rehearses in his family home in Nablus, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini

Palestinian violinist Ibrahim Al-Masri rehearses in his family home in Nablus, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini

Palestinian violinist Ibrahim Al-Masri rehearses in his family home in Nablus, in the Israeli-occupied West Bank. REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini
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Mostafa and Omar Saad play the violin and the viola as they practice at home in the Druze town of Mughar in northern Israel. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Mostafa and Omar Saad play the violin and the viola as they practice at home in the Druze town of Mughar in northern Israel. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

Mostafa and Omar Saad play the violin and the viola as they practice at home in the Druze town of Mughar in northern Israel. REUTERS/Amir Cohen
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A Palestinian musician holds his music equipment inside a bus prior his journey to Amsterdam, close to the Qalandiya checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

A Palestinian musician holds his music equipment inside a bus prior his journey to Amsterdam, close to the Qalandiya checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah. REUTERS/Amir Cohen

A Palestinian musician holds his music equipment inside a bus prior his journey to Amsterdam, close to the Qalandiya checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah. REUTERS/Amir Cohen
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A musician of the Palestine Youth Orchestra reacts during a rehearsal at The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Netherlands. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

A musician of the Palestine Youth Orchestra reacts during a rehearsal at The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Netherlands. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

A musician of the Palestine Youth Orchestra reacts during a rehearsal at The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Netherlands. REUTERS/Eva Plevier
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Palestinian Sari Tarazi and Sytake Pas from Norway are seen after their rehearsal at the Theater Orpheus in Apeldoorn, Netherlands. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

Palestinian Sari Tarazi and Sytake Pas from Norway are seen after their rehearsal at the Theater Orpheus in Apeldoorn, Netherlands. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

Palestinian Sari Tarazi and Sytake Pas from Norway are seen after their rehearsal at the Theater Orpheus in Apeldoorn, Netherlands. REUTERS/Eva Plevier
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Musicians of the Palestine Youth Orchestra are seen backstage before their final performance at The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Netherlands. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

Musicians of the Palestine Youth Orchestra are seen backstage before their final performance at The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Netherlands. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

Musicians of the Palestine Youth Orchestra are seen backstage before their final performance at The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Netherlands. REUTERS/Eva Plevier
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Inigo Arnaiz from Spain performs at a homeless shelter in Amsterdam, Netherlands. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

Inigo Arnaiz from Spain performs at a homeless shelter in Amsterdam, Netherlands. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

Inigo Arnaiz from Spain performs at a homeless shelter in Amsterdam, Netherlands. REUTERS/Eva Plevier
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Singer Nai Barghouti, who can't rehearse and play in her own country, is seen having lunch after arriving from Germany at the Amsterdam Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

Singer Nai Barghouti, who can't rehearse and play in her own country, is seen having lunch after arriving from Germany at the Amsterdam Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

Singer Nai Barghouti, who can't rehearse and play in her own country, is seen having lunch after arriving from Germany at the Amsterdam Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands. REUTERS/Eva Plevier
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Palestinian Tibah Saad teaches a few notes to musicians with the National Youth Orchestra at the Theater Orpheus in Apeldoorn, Netherlands. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

Palestinian Tibah Saad teaches a few notes to musicians with the National Youth Orchestra at the Theater Orpheus in Apeldoorn, Netherlands. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

Palestinian Tibah Saad teaches a few notes to musicians with the National Youth Orchestra at the Theater Orpheus in Apeldoorn, Netherlands. REUTERS/Eva Plevier
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Singer Nai Barghouti sings during a final performance at The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Netherlands. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

Singer Nai Barghouti sings during a final performance at The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Netherlands. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

Singer Nai Barghouti sings during a final performance at The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Netherlands. REUTERS/Eva Plevier
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Musicians with the Palestine Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra are seen during a rehearsal at the Theater Orpheus in Apeldoorn, Netherlands. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

Musicians with the Palestine Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra are seen during a rehearsal at the Theater Orpheus in Apeldoorn, Netherlands. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

Musicians with the Palestine Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra are seen during a rehearsal at the Theater Orpheus in Apeldoorn, Netherlands. REUTERS/Eva Plevier
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Musicians from the Palestine Youth Orchestra hug each other backstage after their last performance at The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Netherlands. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

Musicians from the Palestine Youth Orchestra hug each other backstage after their last performance at The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Netherlands. REUTERS/Eva Plevier

Musicians from the Palestine Youth Orchestra hug each other backstage after their last performance at The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Netherlands. REUTERS/Eva Plevier
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