A Veiled Chick’s Outburst 05 ☁ Julia Boutros ~ What a Sad Shame

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A Veiled Chick’s Outbursts comprise short and long articles, poetry and artwork, of a more personal nature about my experiences or issues that exasperate me be it something I heard, read, watched, witnessed or observed. It’s my way of letting off some steam, my incensed breathings (*^_^*).

JULIA BOUTROS

WHAT A SAD SHAME

 

Explain to me, what is a conscience

فهمني شو يعني ضمير

I thought it appropriate to start this outburst with the above verse from one of Julia Boutros’ (sardonic) songs I Do Not Understand Arabic (ما عم بفهم عربي) for it resonates more deeply than she may have thought.

Anyone who comes forward to speak out against injustices, and considered a public “philanthropist”, is open to scrutiny.

This doesn’t exempt Julia Boutros.

This piece was a long time coming for I was waiting to hear if the mentioned singer would voice against the latest Arab atrocities, but to my disappointment, not a word. Her silence over the bedlam in Arab nations turned my ambivalent feelings into conclusive ones about her.

When she decided to speak up, it was due to the recent public incessant Palestinian genocide by a racist state, a common intermittent practise of hers. To be fair, she did salute the people of Palestine, Syria and Iraq during her minute or so speech in July!

I was an ardent listener of the singer since the age of 14, the only female Arab singer whose voice and choice of songs caught my ear.

She was more than just an entertainer for the Arab masses; she was a voice for the voiceless, or so I naively thought.

 

A BLIND LEBANESE PATRIOT

With her numerous so-called humanitarian and patriotic songs, many questions swirled into my mind: Where’s her voice for Syria? Where are her angry words towards the murdering dictator Assad and his yoke? Where are the lyrics about the Arab despotic rulers who are notorious for their torturous and threatening ways past and present?

She rambles on about the futile Lebanese army and sang a song (My Beloved Ones – احبائي) based on words uttered by the sectarian Nasrallah in 2006 (for purging Lebanon of “Israel”) but none to condemn Hezbollah’s murderous ways against its own people and Syrians.

I was already growing tedious of Julia reiterating her love for her birthplace in songs and interviews (a common practise amongst Lebanese singers), but to go on ceaselessly about the odd Lebanese victory just baffles me – maybe the rarity of it is one of the reasons.

It’s monotonous and repetitive.

Her concept of patriotism escapes me for she churns out her homeland’s victories whilst simultaneously ignoring its injustices.

Arthur Schopenhauer was spot on,

Patriotism is the passion of fools and the most foolish of passions.

What happened to speaking out simply as a fellow human being for humanity? Why is it always restricted to ethnicity or nationality (the world over)?

In the words of George Santayana,

To me, it seems a dreadful indignity to have a soul controlled by geography.

PALESTINE

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Ire built up within me as the months bled by when I realised her vocal altruistic nature: her birthplace Lebanon, Palestine when onscreen (a candlelight vigil isn’t going to feed, protect or grant Palestinians their basic needs and rights), and “Israel” and Zionism.

She’s reticent when it’s about oppressed and oppressing Arabs and yet sings about the Arabs’ lack of action.

Her silence betrayed her character.

Don’t get me wrong, I vehemently oppose “Israel” and its beastly maniacal ways and my website, webpage and posts make it patently clear where I stand. Therefore, I have no qualms with Julia when she vocalises for Palestine and against oppressive “Israel” and I don’t doubt her love for Palestine.

The problem arises, when that’s mainly the only time she does so.

I can’t resist but ask about her conscience for ALL Arabs.

What she ended up doing in my eyes is disclose her cowardly double standards. A trait I can’t tolerate in any human being including anyone who defends or justifies them, merely revealing their own spinelessness to say the least.

This is when it’s better to stay quiet than say anything at all.

The time for her to show Arab solidarity, that she means what she sings, was in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 – nothing!

She did state, however, The Arab “Spring” was merely to divert the world’s attention away from Gaza and the true Arab “Spring” is Palestine. I guess the hundreds who’ve returned to Allâh سُبْحانَهُ وَتَعالَى during that time are merely diversions too!

Her songs turned out to be empty lyrics to win swaying hearts.

Julia’s public portrayal for equality, freedom and justice, and against tyranny and oppression, is a selective one, shamefully. A prevailing trait I noticed – reluctantly so for I wanted to give the benefit of the doubt as much as I possibly can – amongst many Arabs, more precisely, those in the Arab regions (which explains their way of life).

Frankly, I can’t fathom this.

What’s also unfathomable, she’s, like many Arabs, quick to attack and impute the “other” but is silent about her own nation’s injustices.

We – humans – love to point the finger that way, don’t we?

Anyone with a conscience will see “Israel” for the maniacal bully it is but others are also liable.

Other than “Western” culpability in Palestine’s demise who were and still are the root cause of the “problem” to begin with, Arabs shouldn’t whitewash the Arab nations’ onus with its disgraceful ongoing silence “whilst throwing money at the problem” to assuage the guilt. But to be fair, this will be impossible as long as they’re not standing up for themselves in their own lands (with the few brave exceptions).

 

WHERE’S THAT FURORE?

Claiming The Arab “Spring” was to shift the focus away from Gaza would’ve been viable had that been the only time this happened.

Where’s her outcry, as well as the Arabs, be they Muslim, Jew, Christian, agnostic or atheist, for the Palestinians between “public” genocides?

Where’s the uproar for the Palestinians who are suffering and struggling daily off-screen for close to a century now?

And let’s not forget about Gaza, the largest concentration camp ever, an open prison with chronically malnourished Palestinians, half of which are children.

The world’s quiet when Palestine’s bleeding into oblivion behind the screen.

I’ll excuse Julia concerning Palestine, grudgingly, as she sang songs and spoke about it.

The main reason for doing so is chiefly due to the Arabs’ despicable reticence: for they continue to not act for the Arabs of Palestine miserably and nauseatingly so without a whisper of responsibility.

Not to mention the many who are filling their stomachs, painting their faces, clothing themselves, etc., all fleeting and replaceable “pleasures”, with Palestinian blood, neglecting the effortless option of BOYCOTTING racist “Israel” and anyone or anything that supports or profits from it.

But again, what can we expect when Arabs aren’t united, with a few directly (past and present) responsible for Palestine’s demise (remember Darfur?).

Nevertheless, I can no longer accept her silence or listen to her songs or words about justice because what now shadows my mind is her dichotomous ways.

She sang Where are the Millions (وين الملايين), I ask, where is this vocalist?

Maybe Julia Boutros needs to heed her own lyrical words she so melodiously sings.

 

WRITTEN: June 2014 + August 2014

6 Comments

  1. Assalamu Alaikum wa Rahmatuallahi wa Barakatuhu.

    Ah, habibty, through the years I’ve felt the urge to rant a few times myself (smile), and not to discredit your fruatrations in the least, but this recording artist, habibty, is tied also to a contract with her producers. She is not functioning, I would presume, as an independent operator. It could very well be likely that she has strong feelings about some of the issues you point out she has appeared to neglect; but she could also be fighting with management to be allowed to vocalize even what you have noted of her achievements. She may very well be forced to compromise with management regarding what they will permit her to promote. Of course, neither of us can know for sure; it’s just another viewpoint that came to my mind. Hugs

    With dua.

    Wa’Salaam Alaikum wa Rahmatuallahi wa Barakatuhu & my duas for a Blessed Eid to you and your family.

    Aishah

    1. Wa ‘Alaykum As-Salâm wa Raĥmatullāhi wa Barakâtuhu Aishah (^_^)

      It’s nice to “hear” from you (^_^).

      I understand what you’re saying but those who choose to voice their thoughts in public against tyranny open themselves up to scrutiny. I’ve watched/listened to enough of her interviews/speeches throughout the years and she exemplifies the classic Arab mentality (unfortunately) when it comes to the topics I addressed in my outburst. By the way, her ways are typical of some Lebanese singers who go on and on about the Lebanese army, sing and talk about Palestine when it’s onscreen, etc.

      Besides, in times of crises, is where one’s true stance comes out and principles are tested especially public figures who choose to speak up. (For example, Fadl Shaker – also a Lebanese singer – spoke out valiantly against the tyrant Assad and criticised the silence of the Arabs and so on.) The brave and cowardly (whatever their reasons) stand out during difficult times!

    2. I have to add, if Julia and others care about Palestinians, why are the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon neglected and live in DIRE conditions?

      It’s common for people to rant on about Palestinian-suffering as long as they’re in Palestine and the enemy is “Israel” but they neglect the refugees close to home or others who are also responsible for what’s happening in Palestine and to Palestinians.

      When Hezbollah destroyed “Israel’s” presence in Lebanon, she organised concerts with the proceeds going to the Lebanese families of Hezbollah fighters, soldiers and civilians who lost members during the 2006 war. Why can’t she do the same for the Palestinian refugees who “live” in the land she so loves to make their lives less intolerable or at least speak about their living conditions?

      Is Lebanese life more valuable?

      I can’t stand this kind of mentality.

      Living in the UAE could be one reason for her ways but not a justification.

      I wish she wasn’t like this but alas . . .

      (^_^)

  2. As-Salamu Aleikum Dear Rabab,

    I didn’t know anything about this woman. Then I Googled her and came to know about her a little bit.

    She really doesn’t interest me in any way. I checked her out because when you write about something it’s always been pretty serious. What I understand from your article is she spoke up against some oppression and she kept silence about the same kind of oppression when it came to her country.

    Another thing I figured out from your writing is you once respected her actions and now because of her recent actions she deeply disappoints you. (Excuse me if I got the whole thing wrong.)

    I guess nowadays, this is common. I mean people who speak up against any sort of injustice but then all of a sudden keep silent without any explanation. I witness the same sort of cases in my country too.

    But then I also get the luck to meet people like you: People who really have a strong and concise voice, soul and guts to speak out and speak the truth. And that gives me hope.

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