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#Assaf360: Palestinian Singer Mohammed Assaf & Grammy-Winning Producer Rodney Jerkins create song for World Cup (Update)

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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.

Ambassador Mohammed Assaf comes to the UN

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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.

Medical heroes arrive in Gaza, no fanfare, no NBC

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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”.

Mohammed Assaf: ‘I have a goal and it’s not fame, I want to influence people’

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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.”

Kerry and Abbas discuss– Mohammed Assaf

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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

UPDATE: Mohammed Assaf IS Arab Idol!!!

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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?”

‘Your cause is our cause,’ Mohammed Assaf tells Palestinian prisoners

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“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.”

I’ve got Mohammed Assaf fever

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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

Mohammed Assaf, singing sensation out of Gaza refugee camp, torches Arab Idol competition

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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…