Rima Nasser Tarazi is not only one of the most influential political forces in Palestine, but one of its most prolific composers. Actively opposed to Israeli settlements in the West Bank, Tarazi has used music as an outlet for his views. In a late-'90s interview, she explained, "my songs document the violence against the Palestinian people and express their deepest longings and determination for justice and peace." A classically trained pianist, Tarazi accompanied mezzo-soprano Tania Nasir during a 1997 performance of songs by Palestinian poets at the Khalil Sakakini Cultural Center in Nakba, Palestine. In January 2001, Jordanian soprano Dima Bawab performed five of Tarazi's compositions during a concert at the Union Bank for Savings and Investment in Jordan. Much of Tarazi's energies have been devoted to political activity. A former president of the YWCA in Palestine, she serves as president of the General Union of Palestinian Women and is a member of the board of directors of English-language Bit Zeit University. Her reputation as a musician has resulted in her becoming a spokesperson in the Arab-Israeli struggle. Interviewed during a March 2001 protest against a trench built across the main access road to Ramallah by the Israeli army, she railed, "They must want us to confront them. Either they want to break our spirits or make people so angry that they will rise in protest, and this will give the Israelis most justification for their oppression."
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