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Welsh Singer Leads Choir in Reciting Genocidal Chants Against Jews

Charlotte Church says she is “in no way antisemitic” after being criticised for taking part in a controversial pro-Palestinian chant.

The singer faced backlash after she led a 100-strong choir in a rendition of From the River to the Sea at a concert.

It references the land between the River Jordan, bordering the occupied West Bank and Israel in the east, to the Mediterranean Sea in the west.

Critics say it calls for the destruction of the state of Israel.

The Palestinian Solidarity Campaign and other activists contest this, saying the slogan refers to “the right of all Palestinians to freedom, equality and justice”.

Broadcasting live on Instagram on Monday, Church addressed “alarmist” reports relating to the event.

She said: “Just to clarify my intentions there, I am in no way antisemitic. I am fighting for the liberation of all people. I have a deep heart for all religions and all difference.

“It was a beautiful, beautiful event. But unfortunately the powers that be can’t have that. [They] can’t have such a powerful symbol of resistance as what we worked towards on Saturday.”

Church confirmed the gig had ended with a chant of the words “from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free”.

She said: “Clearly, if you know the history of it all, [it is] not an antisemitic chant calling for the obliteration of Israel. It is not that in any way shape or form. It is calling for the peaceful coexistence of Israelis and Palestinians.”

Church said “lots of other beautiful songsā€¦ of liberation and freedom” were performed at the event, including Arabic songs, Welsh songs, and South African songs from the anti-Apartheid movement, “the lyrics of which were adapted to the situation in Palestine”.

The Campaign Against Antisemitism has previously said the “River to the Sea” chant is deeply offensive and threatening.

Church has not shied away from expressing her political views since the outbreak of the Israel-Gaza war.

Last month, in a statement posted to X, formerly known as Twitter, she said she was “in tears daily” over the situation and felt she must “do more to organise, resist, oppose, fight like a lioness” for the Palestinians.

The event took place on Saturday, 24 February at Bedwas Workmen’s Hall, Caerphilly county, to raise money for Middle East Children’s Alliance, which supports children in Gaza.

Church was joined by Palestine Solidarity Cymru and 100 singers.

Church has been contacted for comment.

https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-wales-68404269