Mohammed Assaf, a resident of Gaza since the age of 5, became the first Palestinian to win the ‘Arab Idol’ singing contest this summer. Currently he is on a nationwide US tour, where he has been whining to sympathetic news media about the Israeli occupation.
INN (h/t Tom TrentoVisionTV) After winning the contest Assaf was named as a special ambassador to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) by Palestinian Authority (PA) Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. He is filling his role as a PA ambassador now, performing last week in Chicago as part of his US tour.
During the tour he gave an interview to CNN, in which he described the Gazan town of Khan Younis where he grew up after his family moved there from Libya when he was a child. Referring to Khan Younis, Assaf blamed Israel for what he said were difficult conditions: “whether politically, because of the occupation, or economically, conditions are difficult.”
He similarly said leaving Gaza to participate in the singing contest in Egypt was difficult “because of the occupation.” This is not the first time Assaf has used his position to attack Israel and deny its very right to exist.