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Tamer Nafar (Arabic: تامر النفار, Hebrew: תאמר נפאר; born June 6, 1979), is a Palestinian rap artist. Tamer was born in the city of Lod, Israel on 1979. He began writing and making rap music in 1998 and in 2000 his brother Suhell and their friend Mahmoud Jrere joined him to start the first Palestinian-Arab rap group, DAM. DAM writes and sings in the Arabic language. The members of DAM compose their lyrics and music by themselves. DAM's work and art are influenced by the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and the struggle for equal rights for Palestinians or Arab Israelis inside Israel. The group's songs deal with social, political and personal issues.
DAM's 2001 song "Min Erhabi" has been criticized in Israel for its chorus which compares the Israeli government to Nazism:
Democracy? Why? It reminds me of the Nazis; You've raped the Arab soul And it became pregnant; Giving birth to a child called terror attack; And then you call us terrorists.
Relationship with Subliminal
In 2000, following the collapse of the Camp David 2000 Summit and the beginning of the Second Intifada, the pair's relationship collapsed due to highly divergent political beliefs, with Subliminal being more right-wing and a Nationalist, in contrast with Nafar's sympathy for the Palestinian cause. The bitter end of their music relationship is chronicled in the documentary Channels of Rage.
- "DAM - Who`s the Terrorist". DAM (official website). Retrieved 12 December 2016.
- Anat Halachmi (2003). Channels of Rage (Arotzim Shel Za'am) (in Hebrew). Anat Halachmi Productions. Retrieved 13 December 2016.
- Rothschild, Nathalie (January 2004). "Channels of Rage (Arotzim Shel Za'am)". Culture Wars. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
Subliminal and the Shadow write more and more patriotic lyrics and Tamer seems incapable of escaping the rhetoric of equating Jews to Nazis, occupation to the Holocaust and the methods of the Israeli Defence Force to Hamas, saying that the latter is justifiable.
- "The Intifada of Identity: Channels of Rage as a Borderline of a Conflict" (PDF). Retrieved 13 December 2016.
During an interview to the entertainment channel (channel 3) daily news program, TN made a harsh comparison between Israeli soldiers and Hamas members, and added a piercing expression that involved National Socialism. These remarks intensified the negative responses toward him, yet it also netted him some unexpected assistance. Being a politically devoted artist, TN won the cooperation of one of Pop’s local heroes, the leftwinger Aviv Geffen. The two recorded together one clip and subsequently were invited to 11 another top rating political talk show in channel 2 (Mish’al Cham). Here the differences became apparent: TN empathized with suicide bombers, although he disagreed with their deed.
- Joshua Mitnick, “Israeli Hip-Hop Takes on Mideast Politics,” USA Today, November 6, 2003.
- Interview with Tamer Nafar from Democracy Now! program, May 15, 2008
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