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   It is well-known that Lebanon is a sectarian
nation with 18 different religious communities, so political leaders of the
dominant countries took advantage of this fact and made it Lebanon’s weakness
to control and affect the internal political decisions of the country and
maintain their interest in Lebanon.

   The tension between the different religious
communities in Lebanon became more intense in the 1970’s which lead to a civil
war (1975-1990). “Lebanon’s civil war was neither “typical” nor
similar to other civil conflicts. In part it was a combination of inter-Muslim
wars and inter-Christian wars and Muslim versus Christian war, in addition to
the inventions of Palestinians and Israel in Lebanon which contributed to
worsening the situation at that time.” 1

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   The war ended after the Taif agreement that
gave Muslims in Lebanon a greater role in the political process, so the
Christian community in Lebanon felt that it lost part of its previous
authorities and privileges in the country, where the Taif agreement, in their
perspective, was at the Christians expenses, thus a state of tension and
injustice remained between Muslims and Christians in Lebanon till 2005.”This
experience showed that the modern state cannot be built on the basis of
sectarian identities”2.

2006, this situation had changed. In July 2006, the 33-day war (Israel- Lebanon
war) happened in Lebanon due to Hezbollah throwing a missile on Israel and
killing three armies and capturing two others, after Israel not responding to
the previous indirect negotiations to release the Lebanese prisoners, which
lead then to Israel declaring a war on Lebanon, this war ended after 33 days
with Hezbollah defeating Israel. Although this war destroyed many tourist and
residential areas in Lebanon and killed many people and armies, this war
amended the relationship between the different religious communities in

   During the 33-day war people all around the
world witnessed a special phenomenon in Lebanon where the relationship between
Muslims and Christians almost solidified as the war strengthened the
relationship between Hezbollah and the Free Patriotic Movement, where the
latter with its Christian community and members from different sects and
factions of the Lebanese people supported the resistance and Hezbollah fighters
in the war, and formed a national coverage for the party against Israel for the
benefit of their homeland.

   The war in 2006 not only touched the
Lebanese people and affected their political thoughts but it also affected many
celebrities of different religious and political backgrounds. A good example
could be the Christian Lebanese singer Julia Boutros, which is now a famous
artist in Lebanon and the Arab world. Boutros was at first influenced by Ziad
Rahbani’s work. She started her career in the 1980’s with thoughtful songs like
“Ghabet Shams El Haq” and “Wen el malaieen”. 

   “Julia focused her desire to commit
herself and her singing to Humanity and civilization in the Lebanese community
in particular and the world in general, where most of her lyrics come from the
essence of resistance and that was able to create a marvelous combination of
melody and poetry. In October 2006 and after very few months of
the victory of Lebanon, Julia Boutros announced a
new single called “Ahibaii” (My loved ones). The lyrics are based on a letter
sent by Hezbollah secretary general Hassan Nasrallah to the fighters in South
Lebanon during the War in July 2006 between Lebanon and Israel.”3 That song was in honor of
Hezbollah and the “resistance” after the victory. “Julia vocally
supporting Hezbollah and the “Resistance” despite being a Christian herself made
her a living embodiment of how an “Islamic Resistance” could transcend
of Boutros’s songs witnessed a great success especially those that carried
humanitarian and revolutionary issues such as “Ahibaii. Boutros held many concerts
in Lebanon on this occasion, and people from different countries and
nationalities attended Julia’s concert, where the rumors at that time said that
the tickets where all sold for that performance in a short period of time. For
that song, Boutros was catapulted to the front rank of contemporary Arab pop.

   The profits from her song
“Ahibaii” sale went to help the families of Hezbollah fighters and to
all Lebanese who died during the Israel-Lebanon conflict. The families of Lebanese soldiers killed during
operation Naher el-Bared also received a portion of the money. After
that, “Julia received several national and international awards, including the Lebanese President’s Award which was presented to
Julia for her contribution, through her voice, to the Lebanese Islamic
Resistance Hezbollah against the Israeli occupation of Lebanon, shortly after
the liberation of the South in May 2000″5.

    The taste of Arabic music lovers has
changed so much that concert scenes in Lebanon, Tunisia and Egypt were filled
with folks who want to hear “Ahibaii”. Julia Boutros did not only
sang for her country but she also raised her voice to the cause of the
resistance by releasing her song “Al- Haq Silahi” (Righteousness is
my weapon) which is an ode to the Palestinians fighting in Gaza and all those
who resisted resistance. She also Participated in an event of “The AUD
Rally and Candlelight Vigil” in the American University in Dubai to
express her solidarity with the innocent in Gaza.

   Today, Julia’s listeners and fans are from
different age groups. Boutros became a national symbol for Nationalism,
Patriotism, Resistance and even Romance not only in Lebanon but also in the
Arab world. She affected many by her touching and meaningful lyrics and stirred
the Arabs national sense as she was able to change many point of views and
opinions against some politicians and parties in Lebanon, especially the
Islamic ones. Julia’s political orientation that was translated in most of her
songs before and after the victory of Lebanon (in July 2006) changed many
people’s thoughts and perspectives towards the resistance of Lebanon. And that
was crystal clear in her concert performance in 2013, where she sang her most
two controversial songs at that time “A’ba Majdaka” and
“Ahibaii” in front of millions of people that attended this concert,
among them some politicians and dignitaries of the country. In addition, the
audience reaction during her singing on stage her popular song
“Ahibaii” specifically tells about Julia’s huge influence on her wide
audience and supporters and how this song expressed many of the listeners
opinion about the occasion that happened in Lebanon at that time. Moreover, more
than 1.7 million viewed Boutros’s performance on YouTube. 6

order to show Julia’s huge impact on the Arabic society and on the Lebanese
people specifically after the victory in 2006, I am referring in this paper to
her jaw-dropping performance on April 2013, where she dedicated two of her
songs to the Lebanese movement Hezbollah. Julia
Performed “Ahibaii” and another released song of her called “A’ba Majdaka” in front of her wide audience. And
which was worth noting in this concert the people’s striking reaction during
her singing on stage, where their singing overreached Julia’s pitch so she just
stood there proudly watching her people singing her song with intense interest
and enthusiasm. This performance which was one of the most controversial live
concerts Julia ever did, proved how effective and influential she is. It
demonstrated that most of her lyrics that reflect her political orientation do
convince her people and can change their political thoughts and any bad
impression people could have towards any politician or a leader of a party if
it was based on some false rumors. In addition to that, the large number of
viewers on YouTube on several projects she had achieved so far, and on that performance
specifically just verified her power in what she do and the wide audience that
support her and are convinced by her work and the messages she transmit through
her songs. 

   Julia Boutros did not only express her political thoughts and
orientation through her songs, but she also made speeches and interviews where
she expressed her opinion of what is happening in the Arab world and stood
beside the Arab society and adopted their cause. Because the real artist is the
one who expresses the issues of his/her nation and adopts these issues in its
ordeal, the committed singer Julia Boutros was present at an event in the
American University in Dubai for solidarity with Gaza and its people in the
face of Israeli terrorism and the Arab leaders silence and complicity7. In her speech, which was
presented on several TV channels such as the two Lebanese TV channels
“AL-JADEED” and OTV, Julia proclaimed her disgust from the Arabic
official resolution regarding Gaza, where Palestinians are being killed and
children are getting orphaned due to the war, shelling and destruction in Gaza
caused by Israel. She also expressed her reluctance and dissatisfaction due to
the hesitation of the official systems in taking an official decision in terms
of standing by the Palestinian army in resisting the assault of the Zionist
terrorist groups and attacking the Israeli enemy for devastating Palestine as
it is within the Arab region. Boutros also demanded the Arab leaders and
politicians to end their fights because history does not repeat itself and
their people will turn on them if they won’t defend Palestinians and protect them,
their children and their country from the Israeli enemy. Moreover, she
announced that she will continue in the resistance line until the last inch of
the Arab region is liberated and she manifested her loyalty and faith in the
Palestinian cause by saying ” By the spirit by the blood we redeem
Palestine, by the spirit by the blood we redeem Gaza”. Julia participating in such an event proved that she is not
only loyal to her country but she also has faith in the Arab cause and that she
belongs to the national Arab identity as she belongs to the Lebanese identity
too. No doubt that this initiative increased the number of her audience and listeners;
she gained the Arab society’s respect and became an idol that any future artist
might look up to. In addition, what Julia Boutros achieved so far shows beyond
doubt that she excelled many artists in being national and an Arab icon that
inspire and move her people.

  Beside her touching speeches and the meaningful
thoughts she expressed in different ways through social media, TV programs and
interviews, the Lebanese singer Julia Boutros also showed her solidarity with
Gaza and the Arab causes by her expressive songs, that served humanitarian and
revolutionary issues such as “Ehzar” and “Al- Haq Silahi”
(Righteousness is my weapon), which was in honor of Gaza fighters as the song
says ” Righteousness is my weapon and I will resist, I will not give up
and about my country I will not comprise”. In this song, Boutros wanted
intentionally to show the whole world and the terrorist groups who infringed
Palestine how much the Palestinians and Gaza fighters are determined to
liberate their country no matter what and how much time and blood it is going
to take them to defeat these terrorist. And that cannot be achieve in a peaceful
way after they faced fire, or in another words Palestinians or Arabs in general
will not bargain Israel or any terrorist group that help in destroying their
country after the latter waged a war on Palestine from several years and killed
the innocent people and kids and took their homeland.

  As well, a Lebanese singer such as Julia
Boutros honoring Palestinians these touching and meaningful songs was as a
moral support and the least of what can an Arab artist do in the time where
their leaders are busy preserving their own interest in some countries with a
total lack of conscience of what is happening in the Arab world. Thus, they
take the responsibility for not helping the Arab resistance in defeating
terrorism from the Arab region from several years till now.

  Since she started her career, Julia Boutros
was well-known for being mighty; based on the
high content she present, and her thoughtful lyrics. Julia Boutros is an icon
today and a blessing in the time where decadent songs get the most views on
social media and sexual or law content in a lyrics become trendy and
controversial and it earns its singer who is not even eligible to sing fame and
popularity. Boutros was unlike these people, she dedicated her songs for a
cause. Julia and her brother, who composes most of her songs, were heavily
inspired by Ziad Rahbani who is a well-known Lebanese
composer, pianist, playwright, and political commentator in the Arab region specifically.

   Another significant cause that contributed
in increasing the number of Julia’s supporters and fans from different age
groups and nationalities is her being active and participating in each and
every event that serves an issue and concerns the Arab cause in general and the
Lebanese or Palestinian cause specifically, taking into consideration her
being  half Lebanese and half Palestinian

   Julia Boutros did not only express her anger
and disappointment in participating in the AUD event about the Palestine cause,
where she made a speech there asking the Arab dignitaries, leaders and people
for a change in the painful situation in Palestine to rescue the Palestinians
and the children in Gaza, she also made several other interviews and speeches
which affirmed her convictions.

On July 28, 2014, the Christian Lebanese star gave an
emotional speech concerning the citizens of Gaza, Iraq and Syria. In that
speech which was displayed on “Al-Mayadeen”8,
Boutros slams Israel and ISIS as she said “They are different sides of the
same coin”. By saying that, Julia likened Israel by ISIS since they are
both terrorist groups who
assault Palestine and other
Arab countries, and killed the innocent people there, and caused the Arab
region a lot of shelling and destruction. Her speech was displayed as a video
clip that contained pictures and scenes from the war in the Arab countries. She
was also present in the video delivering her message in Arabic with English
subtitles. Boutros expressed her refusal to the silence of Arabs on the
terrorism of Israel on Gaza, as she stated in her speech “This is
unacceptable”. She also claimed that “They made up the “Arab
Spring” to shift our focus from the central cause; Palestine.” Adding
to this she said “The real Arab Spring today is in Gaza” by that she
was calling for action and awakening people to not fall in the ambush the Zionist terrorist groups had made.

   In her speech, Julia Boutros showed
appreciation to every single innocent person in Gaza, as she expressed her respect to the
mothers, the children, the families and every resistance fighter in Gaza. She
also thanked the Lebanese resistance as she said that “By your favor, the
myth of the “invincible army” was destroyed”, as she believes
that “the real “invincibles” are the Palestinian people who are
full of life”. Julia went with being a symbol of nationalism to the
extreme; she excelled all the Arab artist who sang and supported the Arab
causes in general.

   Boutros dedicating most of her songs to a
cause made her a unique artist in the Arab world, although many artists in
Lebanon and other Arab countries supported the Arab armies, the resistance and the
citizens who were and still are facing Israel or ISIS terrorist groups, that
was a part of their huge archive that contained beside these projects many
other songs that might not be dedicated to serve a cause or an issue, unlike
Julia Boutros who focused on singing Humanity and civilization as she released many songs belong to this
category and reflect her thoughts and beliefs. She also concentrated on
choosing thoughtful and deliberated lyrics, for example all the songs that I
previously mentioned they all contain meaningful words. In addition to that,
her songs that belong to the category of romance where appropriate and
convenient to her honorable archive; where they were made of sincere and
expressive words and lyrics.

  In conclusion, The Lebanese singer Julia
Boutros started her career with releasing some French songs and then she
resorted to Arabic pop, which increased her popularity in Lebanon  first to become an international artist then
which is well-known for singing songs that serve issues and causes and concern
her people.

Writer: Pierre Akiki Article: Lebanon’s Civil War: Separating facts from
fiction (TheNewArab)

2 Writer: Hassan Krayem Article: The
Lebanese Civil War and The Taif Agreement (American University of Beirut)

3 Writer: Marivel Guzman
Article: Celebrities for
Palestine The voice of resistance: Julia Boutros sings for Gaza
Site: Akashma Online news

4 Writer: Rehmat (Rehmat’s World)
Article: Christian Singer Honors Gaza Resistance published on August 21,

5Writer: Marivel Guzman Article: Celebrities for Palestine The voice of resistance: Julia
Boutros sings for Gaza
Site: Akashma Online news


6 Source: Monitor Mideast Title:
Christian Singer Honors Hezbollah in Stunning 2013 Concert
Performance (published on Sep 8, 2013)


7 Source: Youtube (Bilal Merei’s
Channel) Title: ????? ???? “???? ????? ??????”
Published on Jan 15, 2009

8  Source: Monitor Mideast (also displayed on
YouTube) Title: Christian Singer Appeals: ISIS, Israel Different sides of the
same coin (Published on Jul 29, 2014) 

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