Our discussion of Israeli and Palestinian hip hop motivated me to do some research on Israeli and Palestinian hip hop music videos. My initial interest was inspired by the question of how the two groups differed in their style of music video, and how these also differed from contemporary western music videos. The obvious difference between Israeli/Palestinian music videos and western videos is the innate political nature of both the lyrics and the content. The following video from Palestinian hip hop group DAM, addresses issues of nationality and ownership of disputed land. The video itself utilizes shots of large crowds and exudes a community/unified aura
Israeli hip hop is very similar in nature, focusing largely on political themes. Even more contemporary rap groups like SHI 360, who moved to Canada at a young age, feature much more politicized themes in their videos than traditional western music videos.