Prominent Iraqi singer Kathem El Saher has cancelled all scheduled performances this summer season in solidarity with the Lebanese people who are suffering at the hands of Israel.
Kathem’s decision reflects his opposition to "a ruthless war that is taking the lives of innocent civilians, and causing tremendous suffering while practically destroying Lebanon."
According to the London based Elaph, the singer said he does not feel it is appropriate for him to sing and rejoice while Lebanon is experiencing a devastating massacre.
El Saher has donated 18 thousand US dollars in emergency assistance. He gave the funds to a charitable Iraqi organization he established, that transferred the money directly to the Lebanese embassy in Iraq. Kathem said this is only a small effort on his part to show his gratitude to the Lebanese people for the support they have shown him throughout his career.
El Saher denied circulating rumors that he suffered a heart attack. An Arabic radio station recently made the false announcement while the singer was in the UAE, even reporting that the singer had died.
The singer was shocked by the announcement, and intends to make a counter radio announcement that he is in good health and alive.