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Mohammed Assaf

Gaza's First Arab Idol Winner Gets Hero's Welcome

AP | KARIN LAUB and MOHAMMED DARAGHMEH | Posted 08.25.2013 | World

KHAN YOUNIS REFUGEE CAMP, Gaza Strip — Palestinians have a new voice: a 23-year-old wedding singer from a Gaza refugee camp touted as a rare sym...

Palestinian Wedding Singer Gets More Votes Than His President

Ahmed Shihab-Eldin | Posted 08.24.2013 | World
Ahmed Shihab-Eldin

Mohammed Assaf, a 23-year-old wedding singer from a refugee camp in Gaza, became not only the first Palestinian to win "Arab Idol," but also the first in decades to prompt such a visceral outpouring of emotion, uniting Palestinians of all walks of life, political affiliations and generations in a winning moment - a rarity, to say the least.