Mohammed Assaf took time off from the swooning hearts of his North America tour Monday to visit the United Nations where he participated in the Observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.
Describing the honour of bringing the voice of Palestine refugee youth to New York, he [Mohammed Assaf] said: “I would like to remind you of the millions of other Palestine refugees just like me – the young men and women who are not standing here before you today. When we celebrate this International Day of Solidarity, they are the ones we need to remember. We are here to show solidarity with them and support their hope for, and their right to a better, brighter future”.
He spoke to UNTV (video).
I reached the UN today. This is extremely amazing and fascinating. Its like a dream. I used to dream about it and now I’ve reached it. Today I am an artist, an ambassador and I think this is more than I have envisioned.
More on Observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People from UN News Center:
“We cannot afford to lose the current moment of opportunity,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in a message read on his behalf to the observance of the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People.
“I ask all in the international community to work together to translate the solidarity expressed on this occasion into positive action for peace and justice,” he added.
“The goal remains clear – an end to the occupation that started in 1967 and the creation of a sovereign, independent, and viable State of Palestine based on the 1967 borders, living side by side in peace with a secure State of Israel,” Mr. Ban stated.
“Jerusalem is to emerge from negotiations as the capital of two States, with arrangements for the holy sites acceptable to all. An agreed solution must be found for millions of Palestinian refugees around the region.”
Later Mohammed Assaf performed Ali Keffiyeh!
(Previous Mohammed Assaf coverage on Mondoweiss available here)