Taken in 1988, during the first Palestinian intifada, an iconic photo shows an eight-year-old boy about to hurl a stone, with clear fear in his eyes. That boys’ name is Ramzi Aburedwan. Fortunately, his life changed for the better when he was introduced to music as a teenager and began seriously studying the viola. Eventually he received a scholarship to study at a conservatory in France and became a teacher.
In 2005, he started a music school for Palestinian children called Al Kamandjati. “In Palestine, giving a child or a youth a tool of fighting, like music or art or even sport, that’s a very important thing to do,” says Mr. Aburedwan.
His life story is featured in a new book, “Children of the Stone,” written by radio producer and author, Sandy Tolan.