New Palestinian Arab Idol a “hero” – along with terrorists
A Ma’an op-ed celebrates the new Arab Idol, Palestinian Mohammed Assaf, who wore a keffiyeh as he won the prize.
The author, Firas Attieh Tirawi, refers to Assaf as a “hero” and compares him to other “Palestinian heroes,” such as Yasser Arafat, Abu Jihad and Abu Iyad and Abdul Qader Husseini, Faisal Husseini and Ahmed Shuqairi and Fathi Shikaki (founder of Islamic Jihad) and Abdel Aziz al-Rantissi and Ahmed Yassin (co-founders of Hamas), Abu Ali Mustafa (PFLP), and George Habash (PFLP).
The article also refers to Assaf’s singing of “returning” to Palestine from the river to the sea, expelling Jews from Haifa and Acre and Jaffa as well as Jerusalem.
The first Palestinian to win Arab Idol, Assaf was born to Palestine refugee parents in Libya. He returned to the Gaza Strip with his family at age 4 and was raised largely in the refugee camp in Khan Younis. He has described himself as a “son of Palestine” and a “son of UNRWA”: his mother is an UNRWA teacher, and he himself was educated in UNRWA schools.
Which means that he has no reason to have refugee status – his family moved quite freely to the territory of “Palestine” which is where he grew up.
UNRWA, of course, agrees with Assaf that the Jewish state must be destroyed with the “return” of millions of fake refugees like Assaf’s family. And the UNRWA schools of Gaza that Assaf grew up on have been documented to teach about the glories of jihad and martyrdom.