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DUBAI: Grammy-winning American singer-songwriter Kehlani has released a new music video in support of Gaza, saying proceeds from related merchandise will go to Palestinian, Congolese and Sudanese families.

The singer, who has been at the forefront of protests in support of Gaza since October, released the song “Next 2 U” with an accompanying music video on Friday. In the video, she can be seen waving Palestinian flags while wearing dresses adorned with a Palestinian keffiyeh.

“As an artist, I was nervous, scared, anxious after losing so much of what I valued for the album…along with a crippling question of what music is appropriate to drop amid the most historic tragedies of our generation,” the singer wrote on Instagram.

“I remembered my favorite revolutionary poets, singers, filmmakers. I was reminded of the impact we have. I thought of my favorite James Baldwin quotes about the role of the artist in society. I listened to that song enough to realize that a love song is a protection song, it’s a revolution,” she said, referring to her latest single.

The music video opens with an anti-war quote from American Palestinian poet Hala Alyan: “Keep your moon / We have our own / Keep your army / We have our own name / Keep your flag / We have fruit and v / All the right colors.”

The singer collaborated with Palestinian designer Simsim and Nol Collective on products related to the song.

“100% of proceeds will be shared between Palestinian, Congolese and Sudanese families via @operationolivebranch (sic),” she wrote on Instagram.

T-shirts are silk-screened in Ramallah, and cut and sewn in Bethlehem, the Nol collective announced.

Kehlani has emerged as a powerful pro-Palestinian force on social media, speaking at a rally in downtown Los Angeles in October, saying: “I think it’s black and white and you have a choice to see it or not… I want all my followers and peers to sit on the right side of history. I want them to make a decision that is bigger than them. I want them to make selfless. I want them to do the obvious. And I just hope they decide to do the right thing.”

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