Saudi Born Singer Shams Bandar Criticizes Arab World For HypocrisyRead Details: http://www.cambiarnews.com/news/saudi-singer-shams-bandar-slams-arab-world-and-hypocrisy/8632Posted by Cambiar News on Saturday, October 17, 2015
An Arab pop star has made headlines around the world for criticizing her own country's response to the heartbreaking refugee crisis in Syria and Iraq, as well as the rise of groups like the Islamic State, or ISIS.
Shams Bandar, better known as Shams to her fans in the Middle East and beyond, criticized Arab governments during a television interview about why she had decided to seek European citizenship.
"Are you trying to sell the notion that foreign citizenship is the paradise that will save you from the hell of the Arab world?" the TV host asked Bandar in Arabic, although the video has since been subtitled in English.
For 1,400 years, we have been slaughtering one another just because one of us prays one way, and another prays a different way.
Bandar then went on to criticize how fighters from the Islamic State group have used religion to perpetuate violence in the region.
Bandar continued: "Can anyone convince me that in America or Europe, they do what ISIS is doing to the Syrians, to the Yazidis, or to the Iraqis? Why do we pin all our problems on the West? For 1,400 years, we have been slaughtering one another just because one of us prays one way, and another prays a different way."
This isn't the first time Bandar has made headlines. In 2013, she released a song called "It's Our Right to Drive" as part of the campaign by some in Saudi Arabia to lift the ban on women driving, the BBC reported.