Sarah Clyne Sundberg

MOTLEY CREW: System Ali?s 13 members include Arabs, Jews and an immigrant from Uzbekistan. Above, accordionist Neta Weiner (left) and emcee Amne Jarushi.

Hip-Hop Group Mirrors Its City

Jaffa is one of the few places in Israel where Jews and Arabs live side by side in relative harmony. This is not to say all is rosy. Bulldozers regularly demolish homes to make way for luxury developments. It’s a city permeated in equal measure by coexistence, gentrification and the Israeli-Arab conflict.