When Hamas assumed full control over Gaza on June 15, 2007, Mohammed Assaf - born in September 10, 1989 - was less than 16 years old. When Assaf arrived in Khan Yunis from Beirut as the winner of Arab Idol on 25 June, Hamas had been ruling Gaza for six years.
Bright examples of nationalism
Mohammed Assaf’s Gaza of 2013 is different from Gaza under Ismail Haniyeh in 2007.Bakir Oweida
The people of Gaza themselves hardly knew anything about Mohammed Assaf prior to Arab Idol. Incidentally, I have seen a video of Mohammed Assaf singing Shiddy Heilek Ya Ballad when he was 11 years old. Anyone who watched Mohammed Assaf during the show could notice his charisma. I do not claim to be a musicologist. However, like millions of viewers, I found his voice unique.SHOW MORE