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US rapper Benjamin Hammond Haggerty, aka Macklemore, performs during the Colours of Ostrava music festival in Ostrava, Czech Republic, on July 20, 2023.—AFP
US rapper Benjamin Hammond Haggerty, aka Macklemore, performs during the Colours of Ostrava music festival in Ostrava, Czech Republic, on July 20, 2023.—AFP

Macklemore supports Palestinians, campus protests with new track

Macklemore has released a new song in support of Palestinians that also praises students across the United States protesting against Zionist’s war in Gaza. University students have been mobilizing for weeks on campuses over Zionist’s deadly offensive and its US backing, with police forcibly clearing protest camps -- sometimes violently -- and arresting more than 2,000 people nationwide.

“If students in tents posted on the lawn / Occupying the quad is really against the law / And a reason to call in the police and their squad / Where does genocide land in your definition, huh?” Macklemore raps in “Hind’s Hall.”

The song is named after the building at Columbia University that students recently occupied and renamed after Hind Rajab, a six-year-old Palestinian girl killed in Gaza. Macklemore admonishes the US government, telling President Joe Biden “blood is on your hands” and that he won’t vote for him in the November election. (The Zionist entity) is “a state that’s gotta rely on an apartheid system to uphold an occupying violent history, been repeating for the last 75” years, Macklemore says in the song.

“We see the lies in them, claiming it’s anti-Semitic to be anti-Zionist / I’ve seen Jewish brothers and sisters out there and riding in solidarity and screaming ‘Free Palestine’ with them.” The rapper best known for cult hits like 2012’s “Thrift Shop” has released socially aware music in the past, criticizing ills including poverty and consumerism. — AFP

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