Watch the schoolgirls of Beit Hanina dance an amazing Dabke display

Published November 18th, 2016 - 02:56 GMT
A view of Jerusalem (AFP)
A view of Jerusalem (AFP)

When it comes to dancing Dabke, the schoolgirls of the Rosary Sisters school in Beit Hanina, Jerusalem, know how it’s done. 

The children, who all attend the Rosary Sisters school in the East Jerusalem neighborhood, staged a mass performance of Palestine’s traditional dance on the sports court of their campus. Dressed in uniforms and the black and white Palestinian kuffiyeh, several girls showed off their impressive moves, leaping across a stage created by their fellow students to the sounds of Palestinian Arab Idol winner Mohammed Assaf. 

The performance, however, apparently could not be enjoyed by some. In the comments sections of a posting of the video on Facebook, by Palestinian website Ramallah news, a minority of viewers were upset by the fact that the girls, who attend a Christian school, were dancing and not wearing hijab. 

Striking… but unfortunately no one wearing hijab. God please fix our situation 

The criticism of the girls’ outfits soon lead to a fierce debate in the comments section of the video. Many users were outraged and perplexed that people would focus on whether the girls were modest enough, and most praised their performance rather than focusing on their clothes.

Soon the thread was dominated by users celebrating the student’s performance and bemoaning the negativity of more critical commenters. 

Mothers of the future, all the pride and respect for creating a generation that enjoys freedom and independence.

Beit Hanina is a Palestinian neighborhood in East Jerusalem.

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