Friday, 1 April 2016


In 2013, Mohammed Assaf, a Palestinian, won the reality-TV competition Arab Idol. 

Mohammed Assaf: the Golden boy of Gaza -

Assaf lived in the Khan Yunis Refugee Camp in Gaza. 

He began singing aged five and, by his teens, was working at weddings and local festivities.

Assaf decided to travel to Cairo to enter Arab Idol.

He bought a forged visa.

He kept clear of  Hamas's mad religious police, who disapprove of music.

At the border with Egypt, he spent time pleading with Egyptian soldiers to let him cross. 

When he reached the Cairo hotel where auditions were being held, he discovered that the hotel had locked its doors. 

No more contestants were allowed.

Assaf at the United Nations.

Assaf climbed the hotel's wall and found his way to the auditions. 

He was too late to get an entrant's pass for the competition, so he sat in the corridor and sang. 

Another contestant heard him and said, "I know I won't reach the final, but you will."

This contestant gave Assaf his contest number. 


A film has been made about Mohammed Assaf.



  1. Heart warming..thank you for posting

  2. God bless and protect Mohammed Assaf!

  3. thanks for the post about my Palestine's son Muhammad .who like us are determined to live as the Tunnisian poet said,
    if people are determined to live,then Fate must give them what they want , behold the handcuffs will surely be broken as the darkness of the night will surely end . and whosoever does not like to climb up the mountains , shall be doomed to live in the ditches and trenches for ever .

  4. i thought music is illegaly in islam...