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  1/30/2014, Shevat 29, 5774

Leftist Singer Rejects Prize as Right-Wing Artist Awarded, Too


Singer Achinoam Nini, known outside Israel as Noa, has turned down a prize, apparently due to the fact that a religious, politically right-wing singer-songwriter will be getting one too.

Nini’s “ideological reasons” appear to be linked to the news that singer Ariel Zilber will also be awarded an Akum prize. Zilber will get an award for lifetime achievement. Zilber was raised in a secular Jewish household but later became orthodox, and is known to hold politically right-wing views, which may have upset Nini, whose views put her on the extreme left of Israeli politics.