Israa brings with her a love for Iraqi poetry and culture mixed together with a passion for justice. She invites women to express what is in their hearts by doing just that, herself, as a poet and performer of her spoken word pieces. (See her TEDxDirigo talk from 2017 here).
Israa recites her poem to Iraq personified called "Story of a Violin" and underscores the value of memorizing poetry which is shared among people in a culture or a movement. She feels that our words connect us with our beliefs and with each other.
Music: Shatha Hassoun sings "Ya Nabaat El Rihan" and Old Iraqi Song.