Israel: Arab belly dancers flock to Israeli festival

Running in Eliat Jan. 16-19

14 January, 17:27

    (ANSAmed) - TEL AVIV, JANUARY 14 - Proving that art transcends conflicts and boundaries, dancers from Turkey, Egypt and Jordan will participate in the annual International Belly Dance Festival taking place January 16-19 in the Israeli city of Eilat, on the Red Sea.

    The festival will feature some 950 dancers from Israel and 30 other countries across the world, reported.

    Festival organizer and world-renowned belly dancer Orit Maftsir said there had been no cancellations on the part of foreign participants in spite of the recent Israeli military operation in Gaza. The highlight will be the arrival of dancers and teachers from Arab countries ''who are not afraid to come to Israel and vibrate their hips for peace,'' Ynet wrote.

    ''Beyond the cultural relations the festival creates between the region's countries, it also helps strengthen relations between the people,'' the manager of the Club Hotel chain, which is hosting the festival, told Ynet. (ANSAmed).

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