In London for the opening of a new biopic, Palestinian singer Mohammed Assaf and his fiancee Lina Qishawi both condemned Israeli occupation of Palestine. Assaf deplored efforts to “Judaise” the Old City and deny Palestinian access to Al Aqsa mosque.
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Grammy Award-winning mega producer Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins is in Dubai for a 24 hour interactive recording session/collaboration with Mohammed Assaf to create a song for Assaf’s performance at the opening ceremony of the 64th FIFA Congress in Brazil next week, by crowd-sourcing content from fans online. The event, hosted by Platinum records, is being live streamed to fans all over the world and is happening now.
FIFA public relations manager tells Mondoweiss that the invitation to Mohammed Assaf to perform at the World Cup still stands.
The invitation to Arab Idol winner Mohammed Assaf to sing at the opening of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil this summer has been rescinded.
In a story on Palestinian songbird Mohammed Assaf, the New York Times removes the word Palestinian to describe cities that were Palestinian before the establishment of Israel.
Less than a month after Mondoweiss reported Mohammed Assaf had invaded the US the New York Times reported he’s “trying to conquer North America”!
Arab Idol Mohammed Assaf visited the U.N. Monday as a youth ambassador. “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.
CNN says safely that Mohammed Assaf, touring the U.S., has no interest in politics. But Assaf has taken strong political stances on behalf of Palestinians
The Palestine’s Children Relief Fund arrived in Gaza yesterday. The team carries out pro bono surgeries for children living in the Middle East and North Africa who have musculoskeletal deformities. Dr. Nancy Snyderman from CNN was not there to report their arrival. They literally arrived “quietly, with no fanfare”.
Annie Robbins has an extra ticket to Assaf’s appearance in Las Vegas next Saturday night. Want to join her? It’s a competition!
In his first interview with an American publication, Arab Idol winner Assaf, in Ramallah, cries out for Palestinian freedom: “Our people are educated, we are not ignorant, the occupation is trying to market the idea that we are terrorists. International and Arab media is marginalizing the Palestinian people from so many facets.. Why won’t you give [us] a state?… Our problem is occupation– if it’s removed.. we want our rights, we are not asking for the impossible.”
As Israel announces 1,200 new housing units over the Green Line, the second announcement of settlement expansion within one week, the Jerusalem Post says that Israel P.M. Netanyahu complained to Secretary of State John Kerry that a Muhammad Assaf performance in Hebron constituted “incitement.”
Mohammed Assaf performed Ya Tair Al Tayer/ Oh you bird going home to a packed audience in Bethlehem on Thursday night. It’s the hugely popular national song that qualified him for the Arab Idol competition and has “struck a chord with Palestinians and Arabs everywhere.”
Natan Odenheimer, an Israeli intern at the American Task Force for Palestine, writes an open letter to global celebrity Mohammed Assaf. Why?
In Dubai, thousands of fans waited in the heat to catch a glimpse of Mohammed Assaf, and the newly-minted star from the Gazan refugee camp did not disappoint: “I will never forget the suffering of the Palestinian people,” he said. “I live the Palestinian cause every day…. Trust me I will use my music, my singing, my art and my fame to give justice to the Palestinian cause.” And as John Kerry tried to jumpstart peace talks in Palestine, Assaf was all that he and Palestinian President Abbas could talk about
“I dedicate this win to the Palestinian people, I dedicate it to the souls of the martyrs, martyrs of the Palestinian revolution, I dedicate it to every free human, I dedicate it to the prisoners, the wounded, to all Palestinians and the Arab world.” — Mohammed Assaf on his Arab Idol victory night
To grasp the impact Arab Idol award winner Mohammed Assaf is having globally, watch this CNN coverage of Assaf’s victory, thus far the best video of the moment. Assaf drops to his knees and prays while the audience goes wild. Later Assaf tells CNN: ‘The Palestinian people don’t love wars and killing and destruction’
The future of a star: What if Mohammed Assaf were not representing an oppressed people, but singing for a nation that celebrates equal rights for Palestinians and Jews?
Last night was the final night of competition for Arab Idol 2013, and the favorite for Palestinians and many others around the world is Mohammed Assaf, the 23-year-old songbird from a refugee camp in Gaza. Watch the videos of his three songs from last night. And watch the stunning audition tape that began his global story, when the judges spoke of a “voice to remember” and asked, “You came from Gaza?”
Mohammed Assaf is competing for the title of Arab Idol tonight and crowds have filled Ramallah, as he leads off with a nationalist song
“You are carrying a huge responsibility for the Arab world,” a judge on Arab Idol says, after getting goosebumps hearing Gaza youth Mohammed Assaf’s voice. While another says: “Today I received this letter– do you know from whom? From a prisoner in the Israeli prisons, a Palestinian sentenced for 27 years. I want everybody to know what Arab Idol is doing to people.”
The Arab Idol competition featuring Mohammed Assaf has become explicitly political. Hussam Shaheen, a Palestinian prisoner serving a 27-year sentence in an Israeli jail, sent an open letter to the judges of Arab Idol describing the impact the Gazan sensation has had on the lives of ordinary Palestinians, and a judge read from the letter on air,
Mohammed Assaf, the young songbird from a refugee camp in Gaza, has become a global celebrity as one of four remaining contestants in an Arab Idol competition that will conclude in ten days. His charm effortlessly crosses borders– and is emblematic of a Palestinian glamor that world culture is excited to partake in
Arab Idol finalist Mohammed Assaf managed to get out of Khan Younis refugee camp to Cairo and has has drawn comparisons to the late Egyptian nightingale Abdel Halim Hafez; Mahmoud Abbas has called him to say he has made Palestine and the Arab world proud; his poster is hanging in homes, restaurants and stores all across Palestine…