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MBC: ‘Arab Idol’ finale watched by 100 million

MBC: ‘Arab Idol’ finale watched by 100 million

Beirut/London, Asharq Al-Awsat—Despite the fact that this is only its second year on the air, the series finale of Arab Idol received 100 million viewers, according to estimates by broadcaster MBC, propelling its winner, 23-year-old Palestinian Mohammed Assaf, to...
Opinion: Mohammed Assaf and change in Gaza

Opinion: Mohammed Assaf and change in Gaza

When Hamas assumed full control over Gaza in 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. I formed...