It’s Chico time for the ZF

February 14, 2013
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Uri Geller and Vanessa Feltz will be among the celebrities at the Zionist Federation’s gala concert for Israel’s 65th birthday in April.

But the bill also includes a more unusual guest, Jahloul “Chico” Bouchiki, a co-founder of the Gypsy Kings, famed for that staple of restaurant muzak, Bamboleo.

A UN peace envoy, he entertained Shimon Peres and Yasir Arafat on the first anniversary of the Oslo peace accords.

His work for reconciliation comes despite a tragic episode in his family. His elder brother Ahmed, a waiter in Norway, was assassinated by Mossad agents in 1973 after they mistook him for one of the Black September terrorists involved in the Munich Olympic massacre.

    Last updated: 12:11pm, February 14 2013