Israel OKs Arab Idol winner's move to West Bank
JERUSALEM (AP) - Fame has opened a door for a former Gaza wedding singer that remains closed for others in the blockaded territory: Mohammed Assaf, winner of the popular TV talent contest Arab Idol, gets to move to the West Bank.
The West Bank and Gaza lie on either side of Israel. Citing security reasons, Israel has severely restricted movement between the two territories for more than a decade.
And though in the past two years Israel retroactively granted West Bank residency to more than 4,000 Gazans and their offspring who had already been living in the West Bank for years, cases of Gazans being permitted to move to the West Bank are extremely rare.
Assaf, 23, from the Khan Younis refugee camp in Gaza is one such case.