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The choice of a song that contains a word in Arabic, and which will be sung by children attending a Christmas procession this Friday in Modena, has left parents fuming.

Their anger comes 11 years after Una Stella a Betlemme (A Star in Bethlehem) won first prize at Italy's prestigious Zecchino d'Oro children's song festival, when it was sung by a Palestinian child, Milad Fatouleh.

The chorus includes the Arabic word 'Salam', which means 'peace' as well as being a salutation.


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