Lebanese singer Najwa Karam said her heart is with the Tunisian people in the wake of terrorists attacks that rocked the country.
Twin blasts shook the capital Tunis on June 27, killing at least one police officer and injuring eight people in an attack for which ISIS claimed responsibility.
Speaking to the gathering Arabic press hours after news of the attacks, and before her show in Morocco’s Mawazine festival the following night, Karam expressed her sorrow at the senseless killings.
In a testy exchange with a reporter regarding an alleged feud with fellow Lebanese singer Elissa (which she flatly denied), the Saharni singer explained she has always been a pacifist and there are more pressing issues at hands than industry gossip.
“From the moment that I was born I have always been in that position and never attacking. Because the field in which I operate is one of joy and art and not one of battle. We don’t need wars in the Arab world, we need happiness and peace,” she said.
“And this message is so important with news of today’s explosions in Tunis. I would like to send all my love to people of Tunis who I hold very dear to my heart. What happened in Tunis is saddening and is against humanity.”
Najwa Karam shows her true personality on Arabs Got Talent
Karam also confirmed she will continue as judge on the next season of the television variety show Arabs Got Talent, which will return on MBC in the first quarter of 2020. She praised the program for revealing her true personality.
“On stage I try to do that through my voice, but the way the concert format is there is still that barrier between myself and the people,” she said.
“But with Arabs Got Talent you can really see my personality. Because when you are filming for a long time, you just can’t always hide who you truly are. I will be back for next season, inshaAllah.”