Palestinians step up campaign for Gaza "Arab Idol" star

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A banner depicting Mohammed Assaf, a contestant in Arab Idol, hangs from poles in the West Bank city of RamallahBy Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) – Palestinian fans and big business are rallying behind a 22-year-old singer from the Gaza Strip in a final push to vote him the next "Arab Idol" in a TV talent contest choosing a winner in Beirut on Saturday. Mohammed Assaf is the first Palestinian to qualify for "Arab Idol", the Middle East's version of "American Idol", in which contestants perform for judges and voting viewers. …