Palestinian orchestra leader deported to Israel

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Palestinian security in the West Bank detained and then deported to Israel a youth orchestra director who angered local leaders by taking the group to perform before Holocaust survivors in Israel, officials said.

Wafa Younis, head of the "Strings of Freedom" orchestra, said on Wednesday she was visiting the building where her group normally meets in Jenin refugee camp on Monday when armed men in plain clothes took her into custody.

Younis's orchestra performed last week in Israel before an audience that included about 10 women who survived the Holocaust. The performance sparked a backlash in the camp, which was the site of fierce fighting between Israeli troops and Palestinian militants in 2002.

Many Palestinians say that drawing attention to the murder of six million Jews in the Second World War helps Israel justify the establishment of the Jewish state in 1948, an act which displaced hundreds of thousands of Palestinians.

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