Palestinians unite behind Gaza Strip "Arab Idol" star

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A banner depicting Mohammed Assaf, a contestant in Arab Idol, is seen on a building in the West Bank city of RamallahBy Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) – The fractious factions in the Gaza Strip and across the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories have found one voice to unite behind – a 22-year-old youth singing songs about a lost homeland on the Middle East's version of 'American Idol'. Gaza native Mohammed Assaf has become the first Palestinian to qualify for 'Arab Idol', a TV talent show staged in Beirut, in which singers perform for judges and voting viewers. …

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