5:20 AM US Pacific time: The Israeli military trial of Oday Khatib, acclaimed Palestinian singer and instructor with the Al Kamandjati music school, has been postponed a third time, to April 17. Oday, 22 years old, has sung across Europe and the Arab world. He was arrested under questionable circumstances at Al Fawwar refugee camp near Hebron on March 19 and accused of throwing stones at Israeli soldiers. If convicted, he could be sentenced to ten years in an Israeli military prison.
Check here later for updates, including interviews with Oday’s parents and reports of him singing in Ofer military prison. Photo: Oday Khatib at 14, singing in France. Courtesty Al Kamandjati.