Gaza's Arab Idol winner Assaf in electrifying European debut
THE HAGUE (AFP) - The Gazan winner of the Arab Idol talent competition Mohammed Assaf brought his thumping Palestinian beats out of the Middle East for the first on Sunday in his electrifying European debut.
Mohammed Assaf, 24, became a national hero and a rare symbol of Palestinian unity when he won the pan-Arab contest in June after transfixing millions of television viewers with his soaring renditions of Arab love ballads and patriotic Palestinian songs.
The packed audience at The Hague town hall rose as one as Assaf took to the stage, with refugees and diplomats alike dancing in the aisles and waving the flag of Palestine and many other Arab nations.
"He is an example for Arab youth, he managed to make his dream reality despite the difficulties," said Ahmed, a 17-year-old Palestinian living in The Netherlands.