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Mohammed Assaf, UNRWA Regional Youth Ambassador and Winner of Arab Idol 2013 addresses the meeting. UN Photo/Ryan Brown

Mohammed Assaf, UNRWA Regional Youth Ambassador and Winner of Arab Idol 2013 addresses the meeting.           UN Photo/Ryan Brown

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.

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Mohammed Assaf speaks at the UN

 

UNRWA Newsroom:

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.

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“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)

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  1. just
    just
    November 28, 2013, 8:26 am

    An incredible & talented man with the weight of not only a keffiyeh (or two) on his shoulders and in his hands, he also has the weight of the yearning millions of people heaped upon him and wears it all with grace.

    A marvelous ambassador. I know that there are more than a few Palestinians that will come forward and be heard…Assaf has opened the door.

    Happy Day to you Annie, and many, many thanks.

    • Krauss
      Krauss
      November 28, 2013, 12:46 pm

      Imagine if America – instead of the resident idiots like Kanye West who uses civil rights-era lyrics to attack women he impregnated as annoying and goes to Occupy Wall Street with gold chains – actually had a best-selling artist with these kind of intellectual and moral bearings.

      It speaks a lot to the venality and shallowness of American culture that we don’t.

      Assaf is amazing. Truly a man of his people and a man of humanity and dignity.

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        November 28, 2013, 5:05 pm

        You do have J Live . It’s not all bling.

      • LeaNder
        LeaNder
        November 28, 2013, 5:58 pm

        who uses civil rights-era lyrics to attack women he impregnated as annoying and goes to Occupy Wall Street with gold chains

        What exactly are you referring to, Krauss? The bit about not wearing gold chains if going to Occupy Wall Street I can understand. I wouldn’t I never wear any. But exactly is the problem, he is quite successful it seems and he seems to like them. Would it be better if he usually wears them always but takes them off to go there?

        But what exactly is the story about impregnation, civil rights songs and annoying women?

        Great title, seafroid, what does “not at all bling” mean?

        But Mohammed Assaf definitively has a great voice, absolutely no doubt. Even I can understand why he won the contest.

      • RudyM
        RudyM
        November 28, 2013, 6:48 pm

        What exactly are you referring to, Krauss? The bit about not wearing gold chains if going to Occupy Wall Street I can understand. I wouldn’t I never wear any. But exactly is the problem, he is quite successful it seems and he seems to like them. Would it be better if he usually wears them always but takes them off to go there?

        But what exactly is the story about impregnation, civil rights songs and annoying women?

        Listen to his latest album Yeezus and pay attention to the lyrics. I’m not going to try to track down exactly the line Krauss was talking about because once was enough for that album.

        (The only thing I ever have to say here about rap is negative. Well, that’s mostly how I feel but I was just listening to the Skream remix of Rudimental’s “Hell Could Freeze” ft. Angel Haze and I love that song, though what little else I’ve heard from her hasn’t be encouraging. Rudimental are great though!)

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        November 29, 2013, 2:15 am

        Bling is flashy consumption like jewellery, cars, women.
        The song “welcome to st tropez” is a good example of the genre. It features deeply moving lines such as “if it don’t make you rich it don’t mean shit”

  2. Enass T
    Enass T
    November 28, 2013, 10:17 am

    His journey has been inspiring and unbelievable.
    they say if it’s too good to be true then it’s too good to be true….but after interacting with Assaf personally , he is this good and he is true
    Thank you Annie for the article

  3. Taxi
    Taxi
    November 28, 2013, 10:19 am

    LOL – that a Palestinian Dabke breaks out at a UN meeting is just beyond cutely hilarious!

    Thanks Annie!

  4. seafoid
    seafoid
    November 28, 2013, 11:59 am

    As a committed Zionist I find it incredible that these “Palestinians” could come up with such a deep culture in such a short period of time.

    http://www.camera.org/index.asp?x_context=7&x_issue=21&x_article=766
    “Another giveaway is that the term “Palestinian” was used in 1956. It only came into vogue in the 1960s”

    I would really like to Dabka around the Kirya on the big day.

    • tombishop
      tombishop
      November 28, 2013, 1:50 pm

      So the thousands of years of Jewish history have come down to this..the vilification, to the point of questioning their existence and history, of the indigenous population of the area where the Western powers wanted to plant an outpost for their colonial aspirations in the region. Thankfully there are an increasing number of Jews who are recognizing the oppression of the Palestinians as part of the historic fight against injustice that is part of the Jewish tradition.

      • seafoid
        seafoid
        November 29, 2013, 10:59 am

        And it’s very hard to believe that all the darkness that comes as part of the Zionism package is actually Jewish destiny , that this is what all those mitzvot were actually for, as if a dim thug like Lieberman is something God planned.

  5. Kate
    Kate
    November 28, 2013, 1:35 pm

    I love this, thanks Annie and Enass! Dabka at the UN, and this great kid.

  6. Walid
    Walid
    November 29, 2013, 2:59 pm

    For Pam and other followers and watchers, Assaf will be performing at the Hershey Centre on December 21, 2013 in Mississauga (about 15 miles from Toronto).

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