Mohammed Assaf won first place in the popular TV programme, Arab Idol 2013, after his final performance of the national Ali al-Keffiyeh (“Raise Your Keffiyeh”) song, a Palestinian nationalist anthem which has now garnered over 20 million views. Raised in Khan Yunus refugee camp in the Gaza strip, he has become the face and voice of Palestinian youth and the epitome of its peoples suffering. Assaf became UNRWA’s Goodwill Ambassador, was also named ambassador of culture and arts by the Palestinian government and was given a position with diplomatic standing by the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. He has 9.1 million fans on his Facebook page.
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