Over the New Year holiday weekend this year, singer-songwriter and recording artist Ed Hale and girlfriend Nahal Mishel-Ghashghai, who Hale affectionately refers to as Princess Little Tree, held a Lennonesque three-day “Bed In for Peace In Gaza” in Seattle, WA. The project was originally intended to create awareness about the ongoing violence in Gaza and promote peace in the region, but snowballed into a much bigger event over the three day period. The singer and Mishel-Ghashghai communicated with a multitude of people via social media along with a wide variety of media outlets as well as various embassies of countries like Israel, China, Iraq, Chechnya, Russia and South Korea. They posted a video synopsis of the event on YouTube a few days later that can be viewed below.
Ed Hale and Nahal Mishel-Ghashghai Post Three Day Bed In For Peace In Gaza Press Event on YouTube
“The problem was how to celebrate New Years Eve respectfully with all of the recent violence, turmoil, and humanitarian crises happening around the world, especially the brutal battle going on in Gaza and Palestine. To do the usual party to party scene all night just didn’t seem appropriate at the time considering… the idea just grew from there… from that original thought… Then it just came down to if we had the energy and the commitment to really do something. That’s what it always comes down to isn’t it? The idea was how much can we do if we focus 110% on peace in the world for four solid days and nights? That was the question.”