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The wedding singer from Gaza

June 24, 2013

The wedding singer from Gaza brought up in a refugee camp, is now an international star. The 23-year-old wedding singer from Gaza was the ultimate underdog, but on Saturday, Mohammed Assaf became a Palestinian hero when he was crowned winner of this year’s Arab Idol.

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*Inside Story – The wedding singer from Gaza

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“A revolution is not just the one carrying the rifle, a revolution is the paintbrush of an artist, the scalpel of a surgeon, the axe of the farmer … this is something I consider to be logical. Everyone struggles for their cause in the way they see fit, today I represent Palestine and today I am fighting for a cause also through the art that I am performing and the message that I am sending out,” Assaf, who was brought up in a refugee camp, said.

There have been celebrations across the West Bank and the Gaza Strip, and at a time when Palestinians have little to celebrate, Assaf has – for now at least – united a divided people.

The Hamas government in Gaza generally disapproves of the ‘Arab Idol’ contest. But it did not try to stop people from watching the show, and after Mohammed Assaf won the competition, one Hamas MP, Yahya Mousa referred to him as “the ambassador for Palestinian art.”

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